Panther girls’ soccer earns scoreless tie
If the Pioneer Valley Regional School girls’ soccer team could find just a little offense, it would likely have a few solid wins to its name.
But as it is, the Panthers have managed to score just three goals and that inability to put the ball in the back of the net caught up with them again Tuesday in their fourth scoreless draw of the season, this one against Mahar Regional School in a Franklin County League girls’ soccer game in Northfield.
The tie against tournament-bound Mahar (8-6-3) was a solid effort for the winless Panthers (0-11-5), who have three ties on the season against tournament-teams, the other two coming as 1-1 and 0-0 draws against Athol High School. Pioneer coach Tina Riddell said she was pleased with the defensive effort, a way she has felt all season. She mentioned Sydney Martin, Kiley Hubbard, Tirena Raymond, Hailey Ramond, Yona Smith and Alexis Buzzell by name.
“My defense is very strong,” she began. “They talk, they communicate well and it’s because they’ve been playing with each other for a long time now.”
Jocelyn Carney made a spot-start in net for the Panthers and stopped six shots to earn the shutout. Mahar’s Mickey Boatwright was just as impenetrable with a two-save effort.
Smith Academy 4, Mohawk 0 — Nicole Gay scored two goals as Smith Academy clinched a share of the Franklin County League girls’ soccer title Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Hatfield.
Aly Fitzgerald and Hannah Richert also scored for the Falcons (14-2-0, 10-0-0 FCL), who led 3-0 at the break.
Smith held a 25-5 advantage in shots. Brooke Pashek had four saves in the Falcon net, and the Warriors’ Sally Slowinski was credited with 18 saves.
St. Mary 3, FC Tech 1 — St. Mary High School qualified for the Western Mass. Division III Tournament Tuesday as it defeated Franklin County Technical School, 3-1, in Tri-County League girls’ soccer play Tuesday
Monica Peterson netted a pair of first-half goals for the Saints, who led 2-1 at the half. Bella Butler added an insurance marker early in the second half.
Lexi Rybinski scored the Eagles’ lone goal, assisted by Jayna Kelly.
Francesca DePergola rejected 11 shots in the St. Mary goal. Mykayla Coburn made three saves and allowed one goal in 20 minutes before giving way to Brooke Meuse, who finished with six stops.
Stoneleigh 4, Hartsbrook 3 — Rosemary Ilang scored twice and Alysha Romain added a goal and two assists as Stoneleigh-Burnham School edged Hartsbrook School, 4-3, in a RVAL girls’ soccer match Tuesday.
Ana Girault also scored for the Owls. Aminata Barry and Sophie Spring both chipped in an assist.
Four Rivers 5, Eagle Hill 2 — Four Rivers Charter School bounced back from a 2-1 first-half deficit to beat Eagle Hill School, 5-2, in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ soccer match Tuesday in Greenfield.
Sam Sol led the Otters (7-5-0) with two goals and an assist. His first goal late in the opening half gave Four Rivers a lead it never relinquished at 3-2.
Ben Garbus also scored twice. Jack Conant had the other tally. Ben Michel and Finn MacMillan each collected an assist.
Four Rivers closes out its regular-season schedule Friday at home against the Dublin (N.H.) School at 3:45 p.m.
Westfield V-T 5, FC Tech 0 — Peter Makarchuk set up a pair of goals Tuesday as Westfield Vocational-Technical High School knocked off Franklin County Technical School, 5-0, in an independent boys’ soccer game in Westfield.
Dimitri Stephanchuk, Colin Fecteau, Laxmi Basnet, Peter Mazeiarz and Greg Kravetz each scored in the win. Vitali Covileau made one save in the shutout.
Jared Streeter had a solid effort in the Franklin Tech net with 23 saves.
Turners 3, Pioneer 0 — CeCe Campbell finished with four aces, eight assists, two digs and one kill and Turners Falls High School qualified for the WMass Division III tourney with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-12 win over Pioneer in a Northern Division girls’ volleyball match Tuesday during Senior Night in Turners Falls.
Emily Felton added three aces, three digs and one kill in the win. Katelyn Dodge added 10 kills and four digs. Kim Rau chipped in four digs, two kills and two aces, Tanisha Sanders registered seven digs, four kills and two aces, and Bree Breault recorded two digs, two aces and one kill.
Alexa Bizeno finished with two aces for the Panthers. Emily Malsch and Chianne Hubbard each contributed one block, and Erin Bertrand finished with three kills.
Mahar 3, Greenfield 0 e_SEmD Sam Pierson finished with five aces and 10 assists and Mahar Regional School knocked off Greenfield High School, 25-13, 25-13, 25-9 in a Northern Division girls’ volleyball match Tuesday evening in Orange.
Sabrina Silva added nine kills in the win, Ali Barnes chipped in three kills, and Caitriona Cronin compiled four kills and four aces.
Ashley Lowell finished with three kills and one ace for the Green Wave.
Mohawk 3, FC Tech 0 — Alyssa Sinistore registered seven kills and five blocks to help Mohawk beat Franklin Tech, 25-9, 25-19, 25-23, in South girls’ volleyball action Tuesday in Buckland.
Caitlin Millett added seven kills and three aces for the Warriors.
Heather Johnson recorded seven digs, Kirsten Mattson had three kills, two aces and one block, and Katie Newell totaled five digs and three aces for the Eagles.
Mohawk (4-11, 2-5 South) closes out its season on Thursday at Ware High School.