Indians clinch share of crown
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Turners Falls High School boys’ soccer coach Gregg Bergstrom said his team’s first goal this season was to win the McGrath Division North title.
With two North games remaining, consider it done. The Indians clinched a share of the title Monday with a 2-0 victory over Granby High School in boys’ soccer action Monday at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Turners (11-3-0 overall, 6-0-0 North) can wrap up the outright crown with a win or tie Thursday at Mohawk Trail Regional High School.
“We’re going to prepare for like usual ...the kids know what’s in store and they’re right on the threshold.”
Dennis Gheorghita put the Indians on the board by booting home a penalty kick in the 25th minute. A Rams defender cut down Turners forward Wyatt Bourbeau in the penalty area, Gheorghita was summoned to the spot and calmly fired a shot past goalkeeper Brett Sullivan.
Gheorghita is now 4-for-4 on penalty kicks.
Bourbeau got another chance to score in the 53rd minute and made sure he made it count, taking a pass from Liam Ellis and putting a shot past Sullivan (seven saves) for the insurance tally.
That was more than enough for Indians keeper Tenzin Khenrab, who was called upon to make only two saves to record the shutout.
Bergstrom is pleased with the recent play of several players.
“Summer (Forest-Bulley) has fortified our midfield, and Liam has done extremely well,” said Bergstrom. “Melvin (Moreno) has already put in seven goals after only one last year. Emmett (Turn) has really come around.”
Gateway 1, Pioneer 0 — Curtis Dowers scored a pretty first-half goal that wound up as the only one of the game as Gateway Regional High School edged Pioneer Valley Regional School, 1-0, in a McGrath South Division boys’ soccer game Monday afternoon in Northfield.
Dowers struck a ball from the top of the penalty box that found its way into the upper left corner of the net as Gateway (7-3-2, 2-2-0) dominated the first half. It was the only shot that got past Pioneer goalie Brian Aja, who finished with 10 saves.
The Panthers (2-5-2, 0-4-0) came back and controlled play in the second half but could not solve Gateway goalie Mike Arel, who finished with six saves in the shutout.
Mohawk 2, Pioneer 0 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School scored twice in the final 14 minutes to take a 2-0 victory over Pioneer in a Franklin County League girls’ soccer game Monday in Buckland.
Danielle Hartnett broke a scoreless tie in the 66th minute with an unassisted goal, and Caitlin Wilkins put the game away six minutes later when she scored on a direct kick from 22 yards out. Sally Slowinski stopped all six shots she faced.
Jocelyn Carney-Podolski made five saves in the Panther net.
FC Tech 1, Greenfield 1 — Courtney Kimball scored five minutes into the second half to help Greenfield High School to a 1-1 draw against Franklin County Technical School in an independent girls’ soccer game Monday in Greenfield.
Mackenzie Coburn scored the only goal of the first half in the 27th minute to put the Eagles (8-3-2) up 1-0, but Kimball tied the game after the break for the Green Wave (1-9-2) on an assist from Grace Duseau. Brooke Meuse turned aside 10 shots in the Franklin Tech net, while Allie Roe made five saves in the Wave goal.
Four Rivers 7, Eagle Hill 3 — Asia Littell scored four times on Monday to lead Four Rivers Charter School to a 7-3 River Valley Athletic League girls’ soccer victory over Eagle Hill School in Greenfield.
The Otters led 4-2 at halftime. Nicole Zabawa finished with two goals and Helen Perham added one. Leah Sweeney made 18 saves in net for the win and helped herself out with an assist on a Littell strike.
Four Rivers travels to Buxton School on Wednesday.
Mahar 7, Hampden Charter 0 — Carly Jillson finished with one goal and two assists Monday to lead Mahar Regional School to a 7-0 win over Hampden Charter School of Math & Science in an independent girls’ soccer game in Orange.
Kelsie Killay finished with two assists in the win. Tiffaney Tenney, Sydney Richardson, Tasha Polana, Amber Bonk, Kyrie Boatwright and Sydney Whitcomb each added goals for the Senators (8-5-1). Michaela Boatwright made two saves for the shutout.
Mahar needs one more point to qualify for the WMass Division II Tournament. The team will try to get it Wednesday night when it hosts Athol High School at 7.
Monson 4, Frontier 0 — Frontier Regional School held off unbeaten Monson for the opening 25 minutes but the Mustangs netted four goals over the final 55 minutes to earn a 4-0 Grieve Division girls’ soccer victory Monday at Herlihy Field in Whately.
Maddie Ashley broke the scoreless tie in the 25th minute with an unassisted goal and Aly Jarvis added a strike of her own before half to put Monson (9-0-2) up 2-0 at the break.
Brooke Murphy scored in the second half and assisted on Jarvis’ second of the game to put the game away.
Camilla Baronas finished with 24 saves in the Frontier (0-10-2) net.
Granby 4, Athol 0 — Kiley Baran scored twice on Monday to lead Granby High School to a 4-0 independent girls’ soccer victory over Athol High School in an independent girls’ soccer match in Granby.
Rachel Mick finished with one goal and one assist in the win, and Brooke Labrie added a marker. Tara Mikalchus, Noelle Menard and Julia Gress each added one assist. Brittany Hauschild made one save to earn the shutout.
Nicole Guerin finished with seven saves in the loss.