Boys Soccer: Jack Holt’s hat trick lifts Belchertown past Frontier

  • Frontier goalkeeper Owen Babb, right, collides with Belchertown’s Jack Holt (7) while going for the ball on a breakaway, resulting in a penalty kick for Belchertown, in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier goalkeeper Owen Babb, left, collides with Belchertown’s Jack Holt (7) while going for the ball on a breakaway, resulting in a penalty kick for Belchertown, in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Nicholas Adzima scores on a penalty kick against Frontier in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Jack Holt (7), left, celebrates after scoring against Frontier in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Chanmin Son (8) clears the ball out of reach of Belchertown’s Jack Holt (7) in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Chanmin Son (8) heads the ball over Belchertown’s Tanner Lockwood (13) in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Nathaniel Oldenburg (4), left, defends against a shot from Belchertown’s Nicholas Adzima (10) in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Joey Borelli (3) sends the ball downfield against Frontier in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Chanmin Son (8) sends the ball downfield against Belchertown in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Jack Holt (7) sprints on a breakaway against Frontier in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier goalkeeper Owen Babb dives make a save against Belchertown in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier goalkeeper Owen Babb leaps up to make a save against Belchertown in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Trevor Weiss (9), center, manuevers the ball between Frontier’s Nico Fasulo (5), left, and Fernando Saravia (15) in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Jack Holt (7) takes a shot against Frontier in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Brady Burch (9), left, and Belchertown’s Nicholas Adzima (10) fight for possession in the first half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff writer
Published: 10/20/2022 9:18:19 PM

BELCHERTOWN — When the goals came for the Belchertown boys soccer team on Thursday, they came in bunches.

The Orioles scored three goals in the opening seven minutes and Jack Holt tallied a pair late in the second half that came just 25 seconds apart to propel the home team to a 5-1 independent victory over Frontier.

Holt also scored the team’s first goal in the second minute of the game, assisted by Nick Adzima. Elias Marques scored in the sixth minute off an assist from Holt, and Adzima netted a goal of his own on a penalty kick just over a minute later.

Frontier keeper Owen Babb stopped seven shots and Belchertown goalies Jack Mandeville and Matthew Devoto split time in net, making two saves apiece for the win.

“You have to play 80 minutes and we didn’t. I told the guys at the beginning, this is a team (where) any mistake you make is a goal. It just is. We made at least five mistakes and they scored five goals,” Frontier head coach Evan Horton said. “They’re just well coached and they are clinical and methodical and if you make a mistake, they make you pay for it.”

While the beginning and the end of the contest was all Belchertown, Frontier found a more even playing field in the middle of the contest. Frontier’s possession game late in the first called Belchertown head coach Zach Siano to yell out “We’ve got to wake up!” even though the Orioles were still leading 3-0.

“It was just peaks and valleys tonight. They came out, played the way we wanted, they just get in the habit sometimes, once things kind of start going our way, we get to get away from our fundamentals,” Siano said. “(We) get outside of our game plan, started playing a little bit too much me-ball, but they settled back in.”

Frontier’s goal came in a bit of an unusual way. After playing some strong defense against the Orioles in the second half, they got the ball back in their possession and worked it swiftly up the field, dishing it off to Brady Burch for the goal.

“It’s not the style we’ve been playing, but when you’re playing a team like this, you have to adjust,” Horton said.

The win gave Belchertown an 11-1-4 record heading into the Western Mass. playoffs; the Orioles are currently ranked No. 1 in Class B. Frontier finished the regular season with an 8-5-3 record, and were ranked comfortably at No. 3 team in Class C as of October 18.

While both teams are gearing up for Western Mass., there’s another record that a player is chasing this season. Holt’s hat trick on Thursday gave him 20 goals on the season and put him within one goal of tying the modern era single-season record for goals scored in a single season. The current record is held by Ethan Czaporowski, which he set in 2019.

“I’ve been here for 10 years, in our first few years here, we had a lot of good players, but we didn’t have that elite nine. We had one in Czaporowski, and now we have one in Holt,” Siano said. “It certainly makes things easier, it takes a lot of pressure off the defense and the midfield when you have someone so dynamic.”

While the record would be nice for Holt, it’s not something at the forefront of his mind. His main concern is making sure that he contributed to the team’s success.

“If that comes with winning and helping my team, then that’s all I care about,” Holt said.


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