Pioneer becomes qualifier
Pioneer Valley Regional School is back in the postseason.
The Panthers netted a pair of second-half goals in the span of eight minutes to punch their first ticket to the postseason since 2009 with a 2-0 independent boys’ soccer win over Drury High School Saturday during Homecoming Day in Northfield.
Pioneer (7-3-2) controlled the game, holding a 27-6 edge in shots, but Drury goalie Joe Lipone kept his Blue Devils in the game as he prevented Pioneer from scoring through the first hour of play. That changed in the 61st minute as Tim Kang set up Tony Dizenzo for the first goal of the day. Eight minutes later, Phil Kang gave the Panthers an insurance marker off an assist from Darion Sadri.
Lipone finished with 23 saves in the loss. Pioneer’s Josh Hill stopped five shots to earn the shutout.
Athol 7, Turners Falls 0 — Turners Falls High School goalie Zach Demers could only hold off the Athol High School attack for so long. After getting stymied by Demers with just one goal on 16 first-half shots on net, the Red Raiders erupted for six second-half goals to bury the Indians, 7-0, in an independent boys’ soccer game Saturday afternoon in Athol.
Tyler Lajoie scored the only goal of the first half on an assist from Brad Bousquet as Demers was busy in the Indians’ net with 15 saves in the opening 40 minutes. The floodgates opened in the second half, as Bousquet scored three times and set up another two goals and Athol ran away with it. Zach Dodge scored twice in the frame, and Lajoie added his second of the game. Owen King and Xavier Santana each chipped in one assist. Jamie Posk earned the shutout with three saves.
Demers ended the game with 20 saves, while Spencer Hubert made four in relief.
Greenfield 3, Pioneer 0 — Alyssa Garvin scored twice to lead Greenfield High School to a 3-0 win over Pioneer in an independent field hockey game Saturday in Northfield.
The Green Wave (6-4-2) scored twice in the second half to put the game away. Rachel Lapointe added one goal, while Danielle Townsley and Erika Glabach each had one assist. Maureen Fish earned the clean slate with four saves.
Meredith Townsley stopped 18 shots in the loss.
St. Bernard’s 4, Athol 0 — Tarah Crowe scored three times as St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School of Fitchburg knocked off Athol, 4-0, in an independent field hockey game Saturday in Athol.
Morgan Gelinas added one goal in the win.
Alicia LaChance stopped 11 shots in the Athol net.
Mohawk 4, South Hadley 2 — Kelsey Scranton recorded a hat trick on Saturday and Mohawk Trail Regional High School doubled up South Hadley High School, 4-2, in an independent field hockey game in Buckland.
Scranton scored twice in the second half to snap a 2-2 tie at the break. Amanda Taylor and Ashley Pierce each picked up assists on the game-deciding goals. Holly Brown scored from Taylor in the first half for Mohawk, and Scranton got an unassisted goal for her first of the day. Merry Kocot scored twice for South Hadley, while Taylor Guertin had one assist.
Mohawk outshot the Tigers, 20-7. Mohawk goalie Erin Townsley made five saves in the win, while Sam Brault stopped 16 shots in the loss.
Pioneer 3, FC Tech 1 — Shannon Watson set a new school record for aces in a single match and Pioneer earned its first win of the season with a 25-22, 25-27, 25-14, 25-12 independent girls’ volleyball victory over Franklin County Technical School Saturday in Northfield.
Watson finished with 17 aces in the match to break the previous record of 15. Emily Malsch finished with four blocks and three kills for Pioneer (1-10), and Cheyenne Hubert chipped in five assists and one ace.
Nicole Miller served at 100 percent for Pioneer and also had two aces, three kills and two digs. Megan Duga collected five aces, and Katie Newell finished with three assists and two digs.
Pioneer 2, Greenfield 2 — Danielle Devine scored her second goal of the game in the second half to pull Pioneer into a 2-2 tie against Greenfield in a Franklin County League girls’ soccer game Saturday in Northfield.
Greenfield’s Kylee Monkiewicz also scored twice on the day. Greenfield (0-7-2) and Pioneer (1-6-2) went into halftime tied at 1-1 and Monkiewicz put Greenfield up 2-1 before Devine tied the game. Cecilia Lawson picked up an assist for the Green Wave, while Kelly Sweeney had an assist for Pioneer.
Leah Bosco made four saves for Greenfield before giving way to Allison Roe, who stopped two shots. Jocelyn Carney-Podolski stopped four shots in the Pioneer net.
Sabis 4, Athol 0 — Lindsey Ferreira scored three times on Saturday and Sabis International Charter School knocked off Athol, 4-0, in independent girls’ soccer action in Athol.
Stephanie Putnam made 11 saves for Athol.