Girls soccer: Hockman, Arguin propel Amherst to shutout win over Frontier

Staff Writer 
Published: 10/17/2022 8:15:04 PM

AMHERST – Ivorie Arguin doesn’t usually play as a striker for the Amherst girls soccer team – the junior typically plays as a center back for the Hurricanes. 

A recent string of injuries that left Amherst with just two subs required some roster reshuffling, so head coach Don Fraser moved her up for the team’s game against Frontier on Monday.

Arguin played like she’d been a forward all season, connecting twice with sophomore Maddie Hockman in the opening half as the Hurricanes shut out Frontier, 3-0, in a Pioneer League North contest. 

Hockman and Arguin’s chemistry was electric, the two dishing passes back and forth and sending the other rushing ahead. Even when they weren’t setting up goals, the two drove a significant portion of Amherst’s offense. 

“Their chemistry today I thought was really good, so they really moved off (each other),” Fraser said. “And Sophie Higham actually passed to Ivorie both those times… You can’t talk enough about the chemistry between the players. They trust each other.”

Within the first 22 minutes of the game, Hockman had secured a hat trick, building a 3-0 lead. The win secured the Pioneer North title with a perfect 10-0 league record.

It was a tough contest in difficult conditions for both teams – the steady rain made the field muddy come game time. Though Frontier had a couple of good opportunities, including a couple of breakaway shots that went just wide or were saved, the Hawks couldn’t sustain that pressure over 80 minutes against Amherst. 

“We had pockets of goodness, especially in the first half. We had a big string of passes and we had control of the ball for 30 to 40 seconds, so that was encouraging,” Frontier head coach Phil Pittelli said. “(It) didn’t seem like they were comfortable on the field, couldn’t find their footing. Everything seemed slow on our end. Defensively, I think we were so focused on the ball and not focusing on the runners.” 

One bright spot for Frontier was the play of goalie Cadince Wells-Robinson. The senior kept the game close, making 15 saves and charging out to snag through passes as well, something that impressed Pittelli.

“Cadi’s been awesome this year. A big improvement from last year to this year, she's approaching 100 saves for the season,” Pittelli said. “It doesn't count as a save, but she's done such a good job of coming out and getting those through balls. Last year that wasn't as much of a thing with her, and now it's becoming definitely more second nature, which helps our defense out so much when she's able to do that.” 

Hockman’s first goal was a beauty – after picking up the pass from Arguin, Hockman wound up and sent a wicked shot curving into the upper right of the net. The hat trick meant a lot to Hockman – she struggled the last time her team played Frontier, missing some shots on breakaways. 

What did she do differently that allowed her to score on Monday?

“Not think,” Hockman said postgame. 

Besides Hockman and Arguin, Alicha Perez also picked up an assist for the Hurricanes. Despite those three players dominating the scoreboard, Amherst’s victory over Frontier was a team win; all of the home squad’s players were communicating well and their passes were connecting with each other. 

“I feel like this is one of the first games that we put the score behind us and just worked hard regardless,” Hockman said. “We picked it up a lot in the second half even though the score didn't reflect it. We finally started passing and connecting, there were big stretches where the other team didn’t even touched the ball.”

With the regular season winding to a close this week, both teams are looking ahead to the postseason. Frontier should make qualify for both the PVIAC Class C tournament and the Division 5 state bracket – the MIAA’s most recent power rankings had it ranked No. 25.

The path’s a little murkier for Amherst. The Hurricanes have qualified for the Div. 2 state tournament with their winning record this year (all teams over .500 earn a spot), but they’re on the bubble of the PVIAC Class A tournament. Ranked No. 7 in Western Mass. with two games left in the regular season, it’s going to be a close finish to see if they’ll qualify.

Regardless, both teams are looking to finish their seasons strong and have high hopes for deep postseason runs. 


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