Mahar suffers first loss, 2-1
Narragansett Regional High School scored once in each half to hand Mahar Regional School its first loss of the season, 2-1, in an independent field hockey game Monday in Orange.
The Senators entered the game 8-0-0 but the team was outcornered 11-7 by Narragansett and that resulted in a 14-7 edge in shots by the visitors. Twice as many shots produced twice as many goals and Mahar found itself on the wrong end of a score for the first time this season.
Megan Leblanc opened the scoring for Narragansett with the only goal of the first half after she finished off a pass from Olympia Moulton with 9 minutes, 57 seconds remaining. The Warriors added to their lead 10 minutes into the second half when Summer Moulton scored from Kara Farrell.
Mahar cut the deficit in half with 11:32 left as Jenelle Juskiewicz worked the ball upfield and, following a shot off the pads of theWarrior goalie, Jill Valley cleaned up the rebound.
Nate Ollari made 12 saves in the loss.
Mahar gets back to work today when it hosts Turners Falls High School at 3:30 p.m.
Athol 9, Mahar 0 — Brad Bousquet scored four goals and assisted on a fifth as Athol High School trounced Mahar Regional School, 9-0, in an independent boys’ soccer game Monday afternoon in Athol.
Bousquet helped get the Red Raiders offense rolling 5:21 into the game when he fed a pass across the front of the Mahar net that was volleyed home by Joe Doyle. Three minutes later, Tyler Guerin took a free kick from near midfield and fed a ball over the top of the Mahar defense that was trying to play a trap, and Bousquet ran behind the line and headed it past Mahar goalie Matt Simmington for a 2-0 lead. Bousquet struck again two minutes later, this time when Athol goalie Garrett Hall played a ball upfield that was flicked on by Randy Favreau before Bousquet ran onto it and scored past Simmington.
The Red Raiders added two more goals before the half was up. Zach Dodge fired a ball home from 30 yards out in the 26th minute, and Tyler Lajoie scored his first career varsity goal with 12 minutes, 37 seconds left in the half on an assist from Beau Guimond.
Athol (4-5-1) added to the lead with four goals in the second half. Bousquet scored his hat trick on an assist from Jose Sierra in the 45th minute, and Sierra tallied a goal of his own on an assist from Alex Page in the 68th minute. Bousquet scored his fourth of the game with seven minutes left, and Lajoie netted his second of the day and of his career with five minutes left on an assist from Dodge.
Turners Falls 8, Tech 0 — Dennis Georghita scored three times in the second half and Turners Falls High School pulled away from Franklin County Technical School in an 8-0 independent boys’ soccer victory Monday in Turners Falls.
Turners Falls (9-3-0) qualified for the WMass Division III Tournament with the victory, and coach Greg Bergstrom said the team is rounding into shape although there is still room for improvement.
“I think we are where we want to be,” he explained. “Unfortunately, against the better teams we can’t get over that hump. But the guys are working hard and we have some tough games in our conference coming up. We would like to retain the division, and then roll with all systems a go into the tournament.”
Wyatt Bourbeau finished with one goal and two assists for the Indians, who led 3-0 at halftime. Devan Rivera added two goals, Emmitt Turn scored on a penalty kick and set up a goal, and Zach Demers added two assists. Zach Battistoni scored, and Liam Ellis and Summer Forest-Bulley each chipped in one assist.
Tenzen Khenrab did not make a save to register the shutout. Jared Streeter made nine saves in the loss.
St. Mary 1, FC Tech 0 — Monica Peterson scored with eight minutes left in the game to lead St. Mary High School to a 1-0 victory over Franklin Tech in a Tri-County League girls’ soccer game Monday in Westfield.
Darby Bailey assisted on the game-winning goal and Alex Mitchell made nine saves to earn the shutout.
Brooke Meuse stopped 11 shots for the Ealges, which dropped to 7-2-1.
Mahar at Showcase
The Mahar Regional School girls’ volleyball team won the Silver Bracket at the Showcase of Champions at Holyoke Community College over the weekend.
The Senators went 6-4 in pool play and then won a pair of games to earn the championship. Mahar beat Wahconah Regional High School, 1-0, in the semifinals and then defeated Conford Carlisle School, 2-0, in the championship.