Hartsbrook drops Otters
Four Rivers 20 Annaleah Ramseyer
FR 16 Neva Newcomb challenges Hartsbrook School's Nora Cooper
FR 20 Annaleah Ramseyer
FR 14 Allyana Tan chases Hartsbrook School's Eliana Moskovitz
Hartsbrook School scored four times in the second half to defeat Four Rivers Charter School, 7-3, in a River Valley Athletic League girls’ soccer game Tuesday afternoon in Greenfield.
Hartsbrook led 3-1 at the break but Four Rivers’ Helen Perham scored on an assist from Asia Littell to make it a one-goal deficit. Then Hartsbrook scored back-to-back goals to take control. A late goal by Perham on a nice through-ball from Sophie Garbus made it close, but Hartsbrook scored twice more to ice the win.
Garbus scored in the first half for the Otters, who return to action Friday against Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Leah Sweeney finished with 10 saves in the losing effort.
Westfield V-T 3, FC Tech 0 — Westfield Vocational-Technical High School held Franklin County Technical School to just four shots in a 3-0 Tri-County League girls’ soccer victory on Tuesday in Westfield.
Steff Costa scored the only first-half goal for the Tigers, while Katie Nesmelova and Ashley Lees tacked on second-half markers.
Megan Ilnicky earned the shutout with three saves. Shayla Demers was credited with four saves for the Eagles.
Franklin Tech hosts St. Mary High School on Friday at 4 p.m.
Four Rivers 4, Eagle Hill 3 — Ben Michel netted the eventual game-winner with 11 minutes left as Four Rivers outlasted Eagle Hill School, 4-3, in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ soccer match Tuesday at in Hardwick.
Michel also scored in the first half, and Kai DiLorenzo added a pair of goals for the Otters, who were tied 3-3 at halftime. Asher Kenen contributed two assists.
Four Rivers (4-1-0) hosts Hartsbrook School on Friday at Greenfild Community College at 4 p.m.
Athol 2, South Hadley 0 — Tyler Lajoie gave Athol High School the lead in the first half and then set up the game-clinching goal late as the Red Raiders got back on the winning track with a 2-0 independent boys’ soccer victory over South Hadley High School Tuesday afternoon in South Hadley.
Athol started the season of 3-2-0 but has been mired in perhaps its toughest stretch of the schedule over the past five games. After winning the first game of the stretch, Athol (4-4-1) had gone 0-2-1 in its past three games to fall just under .500.
“It has just been a really tough stretch,” Athol coach Dave King said. “I think if you look at the teams we’ve played in this stretch, their winning percentage would be around .700. We beat Hopkins, we beat South Hadley and we tied Palmer, and we finish it up Thursday against Southwick. I think we’re playing better soccer now than we were at the beginning of the season. We are getting to the point where we are becoming more confident. I’m happy with the progress we are making.”
Lajoie netted the game’s first goal in the 21st minute after he accepted a pass from Alex Page 10 yards in front of the Tigers’ net and fired a quick turn-around shot that beat Christian Zuchowski. The score remained that way through much of the second half until South Hadley pressed forward to try and net the equalizer. The pressure opened the door for a quick counterattack by the Red Raiders and Lajoie found Brad Bousquet behind the South Hadley defense and Bousquet iced the win. Jaime Posk stopped all three shots on the Athol net to preserve the shutout. Zuchowski finished with six saves in the loss.
Smith Academy 2, Greenfield 0 — Cam Woodward rejected six shots to lead Smith Academy to a 2-0 independent boys’ soccer win over Greenfield High School on Tuesday in Hatfield.
Jack Dadmun scored the Falcons’ first-half goal, assisted by Quinn Rickert. Then Derek McMahon added an insurance goal with eight minutes left. Joe Afflitto had the assist.
Smith outshot the Green Wave 23-9.
Oleg Cobileanschi made 12 saves for Greenfield.
“These have been some tough independent games but they’re going to help us out in the league by the end of the year,” said Green Wave coach Kurt Richardson.
Greenfield hosts Gateway Regional High School Thursday at 4 p.m.
Renaissance 2, Pioneer 1 — Sam Asamoah’s unassisted goal with nine minutes remaining helped Renaissance School edge Pioneer Valley Regional School, 2-1, in independent boys’ soccer action Tuesday in Springfield.
Kyle Richmond scored unassisted in the 22nd minute to put the Phoenix in front, but Jeremy Kemble used an assist from Anders Paulson to tie the score for the Panthers.
Josh Hill kept Pioneer in the game by making 15 saves. Abdul Abdulahi stopped five shots for Renaissance, which had 20-6 advantage in shots.
Pioneer hosts Smith Academy Thursday at 4 p.m.
Granby 5, Turners 0 — Zach Funk set up three goals to help Granby High School blank Turners Falls High School, 5-0, in independent boys’ soccer action Tuesday in Granby.
Jake Whitaker, Matt Bleakley, Devin Bergeron, Weishan Li, Bobby Cavette scored for the Rams, while Brett Sullivan only needed to make one save for the shutout.
Spencer Hubert turned aside nine shots in the Indian net.
Turners hosts Renaissance on Thursday.
Gateway 3, Mahar 1 — Gateway scored twice in the final 15 minutes to edge Mahar Regional School, 3-1, in an independent boys’ soccer game Tuesday in Huntington.
Curtis Dowers scored all three goals in the win, including the go-ahead goal in the 65 minute off an assist from Nick McClaffin. Dowers iced the win with six minutes to go with a helper from brother Calvin.
Mahar came back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime to tie the score just seven minutes into the second half when Pedro Matos picked up a ball off a deflection in the Gateway box and buried it. With three starters missing from action, the Senators were unable to hold off the Gator attack in the end.
“We held it together pretty well for a while,” Mahar coach Dan Guertin said. “Having three starters out caught up to us in the end.”
Matt Simmington finished with 17 saves in the loss.
Catholic 3, Mohawk 0 — A four-minute span did in Mohawk Trail Regional High School Tuesday.
Holyoke Catholic High School scored three times in a four-minute span of the first half to account for the only scoring of the day in a 3-0 independent boys’ soccer win over Mohawk in Chicopee.
Ryan Lukomski got the scoring barrage started in the 13th minute on an assist from John Hannoush.
Hannoush would finish the scoring with a pair of goals one minute apart in the 16th and 17th minutes, the second of which was assisted on by Colin Neffinger.
“The kids came out a little flat today,” Mohawk coach Tony Agrillo said. “Other than that four minutes, it was a pretty competitive game.”
Christian Martinca had the Warriors’ best chance of the day with a point-blank shot in the second half that Catholic goalie Tom Heavren stopped for one of his four saves. Josh Taylor made six saves in the loss.