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Buxton outscores Four Rivers, 7-5

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Buxton School scored five times in the first half and went on to defeat Four Rivers Charter School, 7-5, in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ soccer match on Thursday in Greenfield.

Buxton (3-1-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Sam Sol booted home pass from Ben Garbus to cut the lead in half. Buxton scored again before Paul Bellino scored unassisted for the Otters’ second goal. Buxton and Four Rivers traded goals again, as Garbus used an assist from Asher Kenan for the third tally, before Buxton scored before halftime to lead 5-3.

Garbus set up Sol’s second tally of the contest early in the second half, but it was more goal-trading as Buxton made it 6-4. Sol completed his hat trick midway through the half, assisted by Garbus, then he had a chance for a fourth goal to tie it with 9 minutes left but he was stopped on a breakaway. Buxton added an insurance tally to put the game out of reach.

Otters goalkeeper Jackson Reeves-Hennings played well in spite of the wet conditions and the shootout-type score, making 17 saves.

“I thought it would be like a 3-2 game,” said Four Rivers head coach Terry Plotkin, whose squad fell to 4-3-0 overall. “Our midfield and offense were playing so good, they’ve become a scoring juggernaut, but we had a lot of defensive lapses and handed them a couple freebies. It was a crazy game. ... I’m looking forward to the rematch (Oct. 17 in Williamstown).”

Hampshire 1, Athol 0 — Jonah Vaclavick scored in the 14th minute and it went down as the only goal of the game as Hampshire Regional High School shut out Athol High School, 1-0, in an independent boys’ soccer game Thursday evening in Westhampton.

The goal came after Josh Sasoli played a ball from the outside of the box and caught the Athol defenders drifting a bit too far toward the ball, leaving Vaclavick unmarked near the back of the 6-yard box. The Hampshire forward one-timed the ball past Athol goalie Garrett Hall with 26 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first half.

The two teams wound up tied in shots with 12 apiece. Hall finished with 10 saves to keep the game in hand and gave his teammates a chance to tie the game. Athol nearly tied the game later in the first half on a corner kick that found the head of Randy Favreau on the back post, but the attempt went just wide. The best chance to tie the score came in the game’s final five minutes. Athol sniper Bradley Bousquet received a ball from 25 yards out and blasted a left-foot shot onto the Hampshire goal. Hampshire goalie Ben Preston took the one-hopper and scooped it into his body, but the ball squirted loose with Favreau waiting on the doorstep to clean up the garbage. Preston managed to quickly adjust on the ball and snared it out of the air before Favreau had a chance to touch it, holding Athol scoreless for a second straight game.

“We had plenty of opportunities,” Athol coach Dave King said. “I thought the play was 50-50, we maybe even had a little edge. We just had a tough time finishing. I thought we played very competitive the entire match. That’s two games in a row now against tough competition.”

Preston finished with seven saves in the shutout.

Smith Academy 5, Mahar 0 — Derek McMahon scored a natural hat trick with three goals in the first half and Smith Academy cruised to a 5-0 victory over Mahar Regional School in an independent boys’ soccer game Thursday in Orange.

McMahon was assisted on his first goal by Mat Sulda, and Tyler Gay supplied the final two helpers on McMahon’s next two goals of the game that gave the Falcons (9-0-1) a 3-0 lead at halftime. Quinn Rickert and Matt Hanson each added one goal in the second half, with McMahon picking up one assist to give him a four-point night. Cam Woodard stopped five shots to earn the shutout.

Matt Simmington played his best game in goal of the season, according to Mahar coach Dan Guertin and came away with nine saves in the loss.

South Hadley 5, Frontier 0 — South Hadley High School scored four times in the first 16 minutes of play en route to a 5-0 independent boys’ soccer victory over Frontier Regional School Thursday in South Hadley.

The Red Hawks (0-9-1) were playing without a pair of starting defenders and the Tigers took advantage as they scored on their first three shots of the game and four of their first five. Ryan Dickenson opened the scoring for the Tigers in the third minute on an assist from Nate Flachs, and three minutes later Dickenson struck again, this time on an assist from Mike Paleogopulus. Flachs made it three goals on three shots with an unassisted goal in the 12th minute. Josh Perrault capped off the early-game assault in the 16th minute with an unassisted marker.

Frontier settled in from there and allowed just one goal over the final 64 minutes of play when Dickenson finished off his hat trick with his third of the game in the 64th minute. South Hadley actually held only a slight edge in shots at 9-5.

Eric Maryea finished with three saves to register the shutout, while Shawn Mazur-Garcia finished with two saves in the loss.

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