Eagles fly past Putnam behind Andrews’ 3 goals
Alyssa Andrews helped put an end to Franklin County Technical School’s scoring woes this season.
The starting center midfielder for the Eagles pushed up to forward on Thursday and responded with three goals to lead the team to its first win of the season with a 6-0 win over Putnam Vocational-Technical High School in a Tri-County League girls’ soccer game in Springfield.
Andrews kicked off the scoring in the 10th minute when she netted an unassisted goal. Five minutes later Brooke Meuse increased the Eagles’ lead to 2-0 with a goal off an assist from Mackenzie Coburn. The teams battled through the rest of the first half without either finding the back of the net, but it didn’t take long for Andrews and the Eagles to put the game out of reach early in the second half.
Andrews scored twice in the opening five minutes of the second half to double the Eagles’ lead to 4-0, giving her a hat trick.
“We wanted to get more goals so I put her up to forward,” Franklin Tech coach Jenna Carme said. “She is very quick and she did exactly what we wanted. Her speed and ball-handling skills aide in her success.”
Skyler Clark-Williams scored her first goal of the season later in the match on Coburn’s third assist of the day, and Coburn notched a goal late in the game off a direct kick.
“This definitely gave us some confidence because we haven’t scored too much this season,” Carme added. “We were doing some really good things. Passing, communicating; the things we have been working on in practice. And this allowed me to get some other players in that haven’t played as much and that is going to help us this season.”
Shayla Demers did not have to make a save to register the shutout.
Easthampton 3, Mahar 1 — It took Mahar Regional School a little too long to get into its independent soccer game against Easthampton High School on Thursday afternoon.
Following the lengthy bus ride, the Senators played a lackadaisical first half and were unable to overcome the two-goal deficit at the break as they fell, 3-1, to the Eagles in Easthampton.
Trailing 2-0 at halftime, Mahar coach Chad Softic was looking for his team to come out and cut into the deficit early in the second half. Instead, the Eagles (4-0-1) got the put-away goal two minutes into the frame when a cross came into the Mahar box and was kicked into the goal by a Senator defender for the own goal. Mahar did come back to get a goal one minute later off the foot of Tiffany Tenney, but that was all the visitors could get past Easthampton goalie Alyssa Fugiel, who finished with 5 saves.
“If we don’t come out and play with any passion, our ball skills just aren’t good enough to play with a good team,” Softic said.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the first half when Maddie Grabowski scored an unassisted goals. Gabby Downes made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute with an assist from Maggie Douglass.
Mahar (3-2-1) hosts Ware High School on Monday.
Athol 5 Turners 1 — Turners Falls High School jumped out to an early 1-0 lead Thursday night at Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls, but visiting Athol High School came back to take home a 5-1 win.
Jenna Putala got the Indians on the board 16 minutes in on an assist from Kylie Fleming, but the celebration was short lived as Athol answered two minutes later with a score from Olivia Smith. Things got worse for Turners a minute later as a corner kick came off the head of an Indians player and bounced the wrong way for a goal for the Red Raiders.
Athol added scores by Molly Cleveland, Kay Robideau and a second by Smith to round out the scoring.
Athol had 30 shots to Turners’ 10, with Turners goalie Ashley Williams recording 13 saves, and Athol netminder Madison Truehart stopping three.
South Hadley 7, Mohawk 0 — Meghan Ginley scored three times on Thursday and South Hadley High School trumped Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 7-0, in an independent girls’ soccer game in South Hadley.
Briana Couture added two goals and one assist in the win.
Sally Slowinski finished with 25 saves in the Mohawk goal.
Granby 7, Pioneer 0 — Erin Mikalchus scored twice and added one assist as Granby High School beat Pioneer Valley Regional School, 7-0, in independent girls’ soccer action Thursday in Granby.
Tara Mikalchus added one goal and two assists in the win.
Nicole Bitzer and Sydney Martin split time in the Pioneer net and combined on 11 saves.
Nashoba Tech 6, FC Tech 3 — Eric MacDonald scored three goals on Thursday and Nashoba Valley Technical High School doubled up Franklin Tech, 6-3, in an independent boys’ soccer game in Turners Falls.
The Vikings, who hail from Westford, scored three times in the first 10 minutes to jump out to a 3-0 lead, and then tacked on an their fourth goal of the first half with five seconds remaining. Franklin Tech managed to make a game of it in the second half, outscoring the Vikings, 3-2, but the Eagles fell to 0-6-0 on the season.
Tyler Herlihe added a pair of goals in the win, and Chris Angelucci tallied a pair of assists. Ryan Cooper made 13 saves in the win.
Peter Krejmas scored twice for the Eagles, while Anthony Chaisson added one goal. Brandon Boudah notched an assist in the loss, and Joey Barcomb finished with 13 saves.