Girls soccer: Transfer fitting in well with Greenfield

  • Greenfield’s Eva Pruitt-Dahl (10) celebrates with teammate Victoria Marin after Pruitt-Dahl scored late in the first half of her team’s Pioneer South girls soccer game against Smith Academy, Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Greenfield’s Kacia Kinsmith (2) shields the ball from Smith Academy’s Maisie Bowler in the first half of the teams’ season-opening meeting Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. Staff Photo/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Victoria Marin of Greenfield, right, tries to beat Smith Academy’s Emma Moynihan to a 50/50 ball in the first half of the teams’ Pioneer South girls soccer game Tuesday night at Vets Field. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Smith Academy defender Maura O’Connor looks to dribble past Greenfield’s Tina Reed in action Tuesday night at Vets Field in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Staff Writer
Published: 9/3/2019 10:04:44 PM

GREENFIELD — Emma Savoy’s first game with the Greenfield High School girls soccer team was a success.

The Mahar Regional School transfer scored twice and assisted on another for the Green Wave in a 4-1 season-opening win over Smith Academy in Pioneer South action on Tuesday night at Vets Field.

“The girls really came together and made a lot of good plays,” Savoy said. “We have bonded a lot over the last couple practices, getting the chemistry together. I think it showed.”

Savoy made her presence known early with a perfectly-placed corner kick that sailed near the Smith Academy goal line. Victoria Marin darted through the defense to head the ball into the net, giving Greenfield a 1-0 lead at 26 minutes, nine seconds of the first half.

“Emma has been a great asset,” Greenfield coach Tina Riddell said. “I knew she would. I knew it would be a positive outcome.”

The Green Wave (1-0, 1-0) scored early, but Smith Academy tied the game later in the half.

Eva Pruitt-Dahl’s goal broke the tie with an assist coming from Tina Reed just before intermission. 

“I think we came out a little stressed,” Pruitt-Dahl. “We just had to get into it. Sometimes it takes us half the game. But we are getting better every year.” 

Greenfield broke a long playoff drought last year and wanted to start the season off with a victory on Tuesday.

“It will help a lot with our confidence,” Savoy said. “Going forward we will be able to get more goals and beat better teams.”

Greenfield controlled possession and had more offensive opportunities but there were lapses, leading to Smith Academy scoring opportunities. 

 “I think they were lacking the communication, what we were working on,” Riddell said. “First game jitters maybe, but they were able to pull out a win and work together.”

Savoy upped the lead just after halftime, taking a through ball from Pruitt-Dahl down the right sideline. Savoy one-touched a perfect shot to the left corner to give Greenfield a 3-1 lead at 36:34 of the second half.

The Falcons did well pressuring the Green Wave for a long stretch proceeding Savoy’s goal.

“Not being first to the ball,” Riddell said. “They were a little bit hesitant. Instead of having confidence that they can do it.”

Anything that got through the midfield led to clearances by Kacia Kinsmith or Samantha Santos. 

Greenfield scored again with four minutes left in the game. Carley Blanchard’s pass found Savoy near Smith Academy’s end-line. Savoy’s shot trickled through and bounced around before finding the net on the far post.

Dina Samake (five saves) made two late saves on point-blank opportunities by Smith Academy to keep the Falcons to one goal.

The lead allowed Riddell to use some of her inexperienced players near the end of the game.

“I have a lot of kids that have never played soccer until last year,” Riddell said. “They are still learning.”

Maisie Bowler scored for the Falcons, with an assist from Story Goldman.

Maddie Bell made six saves for Smith Academy.

Greenfield 4, Smith Academy 1

Smith Academy

1

0

1

Greenfield

2

2

4

Goals: (SA) Bowler. (G) Savoy 2; Marin; Pruitt-Dahl .

Assists: (SA) Goldman; (G) Savoy, Blanchard Reed.

Saves: (SA) Bell, 6 (G) Samake, 5




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