High Schools: Frontier boys soccer edges Greenfield, 1-0

Staff Reports
Published: 4/22/2021 10:19:56 PM

The Greenfield and Frontier boys soccer teams looked to be heading to a scoreless draw with under 10 minutes to play. 

The Redhawks had put pressure on the Green Wave defense throughout, but were unable to light up the scoreboard. Frontier finally broke through the tough Greenfield back line at the seven minute mark on a free kick. Payton Sladeski sent the ball into the box where it ricocheted off a foot right to a wide open Tanner Finch, with the senior burying the shot to put the Redhawks up 1-0. 

The goal proved to be the game-winner, as Frontier came out with a 1-0 victory in South Deerfield. 

“We had been knocking on the door for a while,” Redhawk coach Evan Horton said. “We just couldn’t put it together in the final third. If there was ever a day to say we deserved one it was today. We were doing everything right but just couldn’t get a good shot off. A ton of credit goes to the Greenfield defense for that, they played their butts off. We were trying to break through and couldn’t figure it out. We just got one bounce go our way late.” 

Alex Carballo made 10 saves in goal for Greenfield while Adan Hernandez stopped five shots for Frontier. 

It was the final game of the season for both teams, with the Green Wave battling with just 12 players. 

“It was such a competitive game,” Horton said. “To have Greenfield come in and have it be so competitive was a great way to end the season.” 

Mahar 6, Mohawk Trail 2 — Cole Johnson was a man on a mission Thursday against the Warriors. 

The junior tallied four goals to propel the Senators to a 6-2 victory at the Woodward Complex on Thursday. 

Mahar led 4-0 at the half. 

“Cole’s a good player,” Senator coach Dan Guertin said. “He has really good field vision and struck the ball really well today.” 

Dominic Whitman and Jeremy Vezina also found the back of the net in the win for Mahar. Gavin Sullivan had three assists while Johnson and Cam Johnson also recorded assists. 

Oscar Cassin had both Mohawk Trail strikes, both goals assisted by Tyler Dubreuil. 

Smith Academy 10, Athol 0 — Casey Mason made 15 saves for the Bears but it was the Falcons who came out with a 10-0 victory in Hatfield on Thursday. 

Riley Intrator, Quinn Donohue, Roger Grondin and Ben Hudzik each scored twice for Smith Academy in the win. 

Girls soccer

Greenfield 4, Frontier 2 — Green Wave forward Azemina Cecunjanin came up big for the Green Wave in their final game of the season. 

Taking on the Redhawks, Cecunjanin recorded a hat trick and added an assist to lead host Greenfield to a 4-2 triumph on Thursday. 

“It was a big win for us,” Green Wave coach Tina Riddell said. “They played amazing. It was cold but they muscled it up. Frontier had a little more hustle in the beginning but we got our groove on. They started passing the ball, working together and overall I couldn’t be more pleased.” 

The score was tied 2-2 at the half, with Sierra Warren and Makayla Santos scoring for Frontier while Cecunjanin scored both Greenfield goals, her second on a penalty kick to tie the game. 

Emma Savoy gave the Green Wave the lead in the second half, with Cecunjanin adding the insurance goal. 

Kaitlin Lavoine and Elizabeth Trudeau had assists in the win for Greenfield. 

Makayla Valente stopped eight shots in goal for the Green Wave while Candice Wells-Robinson came up with 15 saves for the Redhawks. 

Pioneer 3, Franklin Tech 1 — The Panthers led 1-0 at the half and tacked on two more in the second half to earn a 3-1 victory against the Eagles in Turners on Thursday. 

Laila Heilman had the first half strike for Pioneer, followed by goals by Lucia Saviano and Annie Browning in the final 40 minutes of action. 

It was senior night for Franklin Tech, making it fitting that senior Gabby Castagna found the back of the net for the Eagles, with classmate Caitlyn Bistrek making the assist.

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