Mahar pulls away with 5-0 win

Mackenzie Tenney and Cassidy Verheyen scored twice each as Mahar Regional School further tightened its grip on the Franklin County League with a 5-0 girls’ soccer victory Monday over Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield.

Mahar scored three times in the first half to take control of the game. The win moves the Senators to 6-2-1 on the season, including a 4-0-0 mark in the league, which puts them at eight points, five ahead of the second-place teams.

“I was really happy with our effort today,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “We haven’t played very well at Pioneer the last couple of years, but I thought the kids put together a really solid 80 minutes today.”

Katie Cleveland added one goal for the Senators. Keauna Foster, Carly Jillson and Kiana Reilly each picked up one assist. Sydney Whitcomb stopped all three shots she faced in net for the shutout.

Despite the loss, Pioneer coach Tina Riddell said she has been pleased with the steady improvement her players have continued to show.

“They make improvements every game,” she offered. “I have a young team and they are making small strides to keep getting better every day.”

Jocelyn Carney-Podolski made three saves in the loss.

Turners 2, Greenfield 2 — Nicole Kordana’s goal with 11 minutes remaining helped Turners Falls High School forge a 2-2 tie with Greenfield High School in a Franklin County League girls’ soccer match Monday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

Kylee Monkiewicz scored unassisted in the ninth minute to give the Green Wave the early lead.

After Greenfield missed a penalty kick in the 53rd minute, the Indians’ Zephyr Pope-McGraw scored on her own penalty kick four minutes later to tie it.

That started a small flurry of action, as Greenfield’s Cece Lawson converted a pass from Monkiewicz in the 60th minute to retake the lead, then Kordana struck for her tying marker with an assist from Nicole John.

Greenfield held a slim 18-17 edge in shots. Ashley Williams made 11 saves for the Indians. Allie Roe stopped seven shots for the Green Wave.

South Hadley 2, Athol 1 — Gigi Thibault scored with 5:08 left in regulation to help South Hadley High School knock off Athol High School, 2-1, in a Pioneer North Division girls’ soccer match on Monday night at O’Brien in Field in Athol.

Riley Jodoin’s unassisted tally in the 16th minute gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead, but Kiki Guerin pulled the Red Raiders even with her goal from Julia Carey two minutes before the half.

Athol (5-3-0, 0-3-0 North) held a decided edge in territorial play and a 17-11 advantage in shots, but South Hadley keeper Abby Lukasik made 13 saves to earn the win.

Steph Putnam made eight saves for the Red Raiders.

“We had dominated most of the way, and once they scored that goal it was a complete letdown,” said Raider head coach Tim Cleveland. “We played a very good game.”

Athol hosts Granby High School Wednesday night at 7.

Boys’ games

Cathedral 6, Mohawk 0 — Legend Mumin and John Thomas each finished with two goals and one assist as Cathedral High School blanked Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 6-0, in an independent boys’ soccer game Monday in Buckland.

Kevin Hassett registered three assists in the win. Cam Peritz notched one goal and one assist for the Panthers, and Justin Le chipped in a goal. Bryce Peritz made two saves to earn the shutout.

Warrior goalie Mike Schutze earned praise from Mohawk coach Tony Agrillo for his 19-save performance in the loss.

Smith Voke 3, FC Tech 0 — Nick Adair scored a pair of second-half goals as Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School put away Franklin Tech, 3-0, in a Tri-County League North Division boys’ soccer game in Northampton.

Thomas Oliviera put the Vikings (2-3-2) up 1-0 at halftime with his goal off an assist from Brendan Carleton.

Joey Barcomb had a solid game in the Eagles’ net with a 15-save performance to keep the game close.

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