Wave, Senators play to draw
Mahar #9 Pedro Matos on offense and Greenfield #18 Josiah McBarry chace after the ball while #17 Alex Boyce follows
Greenfield #4 Valad Popusol and Mahar #30 Joey Verhyen, Joey is on Offence
#4 Valad Popusol kicks in the first goal of the game aprox 1 t 2 minutes into the second half
For the second straight game, the Greenfield High School boys’ soccer team took a lead early in the second half only to have it erased as Pedro Matos scored on a penalty kick to help Mahar Regional School earn a 1-1 draw in a McGrath North Division game Friday afternoon in Orange.
Both teams opened the season on Wednesday and each took a 1-0 lead. In Mahar’s opener against Pioneer Valley Regional School, the Senators had a 1-0 lead erased by a pair of Panther goals as it fell 2-1. The Green Wave, meanwhile, took a 1-0 lead early in the second half of its game against Turners Falls High School but watched as the Indians scored with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to play to earn a 1-1 draw.
On Friday, Vlad Popusoi scored his second goal of the season 1:49 into the second half to give Greenfield a 1-0 lead and this time Mahar was able to play spoiler when Shawn Dennis was tripped in the penalty box by a Green Wave defender 13:21 into the second half, giving the Senators a penalty kick. Pedro Matos did the honors and beat Green Wave goalie Tyler Jacques to tie the score.
Jacques finished with three saves as Greenfield is now 0-0-2 on the season. Matt Simmington stopped seven shots in the Mahar (0-1-1) goal. Ethan Nye played well defensively for the Senators.
Frontier 2, Easthampton 0 — Chad Parent scored twice on Friday and Frontier Regional School rebounded from a tough loss in its season opener on Wednesday to knock off Easthampton High School, 2-0, in a Schmid Division boys’ soccer game at Herlihy Field in Whately.
The Red Hawks (1-1-0) took a 1-0 lead with six minutes to go in the first half as Robert Rogers-Manatt played a long ball over the top of the Eagles defense that Parent ran onto and tapped by Darren Kim, who was coming off his line. Frontier then got an insurance goal 20 minutes into the second half when Parent scored on a penalty kick. The penalty kick was drawn when Frontier’s Noah Barnes took a ball off a corner kick and fired a shot that was headed into the Easthampton goal. An Eagle defender reached up and swatted the ball away with his hand, drawing a red card and setting up the penalty kick.
Dylan Husted stopped two shots to earn the win and help put Wednesday’s 6-0 loss to Hopkins Academy in the rearview mirror.
“Our defense was rock solid in this game, it was much improved,” Frontier coach Dale Totman said. “It helped lift our spirits.”
Kim finished with nine saves for Easthampton, which fell to 0-2-0 on the year.
Turners 2, Mohawk 0 — Turners Falls High School earned its first win of the season as Dennis Gheorghita and Alex Gheorghita each scored goals in the Indians’ 2-0 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a McGrath North Division boys’ soccer game Friday night in Turners Falls.
Dennis Gheorghita scored first for the Indians (1-0-1) in the fifth minute after Turners was awarded a penalty shot after Emmett Turn was tripped in the box.
Alex Gheorghita netted his goal 29 minutes into the second half on a cross from Turn, securing the win for the Indians.
Zach Demars got the win in net for the Indians, registering 15 saves. Mohawk goalie Josh Taylor finished with 10 saves.
PV Christian 11, FC Tech 0 — Pioneer Valley Christian School knocked off Franklin County Technical School, 11-0, in an independent boys’ soccer game Friday in Turners Falls.
Joey Barcomb finished with 14 saves for the Eagles.
Archbishop 1, Pioneer 0 — Kevin McBreaty scored a goal in the 69th minute to give Archbishop Williams High School of Braintree a 1-0 win over Pioneer Valley Regional School in an independent boys’ soccer game Friday in Northfield.
McBreaty scored the lone goal of the game on a pass from teammate Sean Keenan. Bishops goalkeeper Ryan Crooker made four saves to secure the shutout.
Brian Aja played well in net for Pioneer with six saves.
Pathfinder 5, Turners Falls 2 — Pathfinder Regional High School scored three times in the second half to snap a 2-2 draw at halftime and take a 5-2 independent girls’ soccer win over Turners Falls Friday afternoon in Three Rivers.
Nicole Kordana netted both goals for the Indians (1-2-0), both of which were assisted by Jenna Putala.
Madison Weldon stopped three shots to earn the win in net, while Ashley Williams made five saves in the Indians’ net.