High schools: Sienna Moore’s goal lifts Mahar girls soccer past Athol on Senior Night

Staff Reports
Published: 10/15/2021 9:51:11 PM

The upperclassmen led the way for the Mahar girls soccer team on Senior Night.

Senior Sienna Moore tallied the game’s only goal late in the first half, and classmate Mackinley Drew stopped the only shot she faced in net to lift the Senators to a 1-0 win over rival Athol under the lights at the Woodward Complex in Orange Friday night.

“It was a fitting Senior Night as the seniors really carried us,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said.

Mahar (6-7-1) held a 27-2 edge in shots. Astha Bernard assisted on Moore’s strike.

“Sienna Moore continues to find ways to score for us, Mackinley Drew was great in net, Gracie [Rich] was the anchor on defense, Natalie Belloli was a presence all over the field and Natalie Apteker's will and heart was on full display,” Softic said.

Athol goalie Jenna Bonenfant made 12 saves in a strong outing between the pipes.

Renaissance 1, Frontier 0 — Kayla Kyles netted the game-winning goal, as host Renaissance clipped the Redhawks, 1-0, in a Pioneer North contest Friday in Springfield.

CC Green made seven saves in net for Frontier (6-6-2).

Mt. Everett 5, Pioneer 0 — Two goals apiece from Hudah Nguy Nkulu Nkulu and Emily Steuernagle propelled the Eagles to a 5-0 home win Friday in Sheffield.

Panthers goalie Sarah LaRocque made five saves in net.

Field hockey

Greenfield 4, Pioneer 0 — MacKenzie Paulin put home a pair of goals and the Green Wave snagged a 4-0 independent victory Friday in Greenfield.

Maddy Kuchieski and Ivy Rae also scored for Greenfield, which improved to 8-5 overall on the season. Heather French assisted on two of the Wave’s goals, and goalie Ainslee Flynn made one save as the hosts outshot the Panthers by a 19-1 margin.

Pioneer goalie Kelly Baird made 15 saves.

• The Panthers pulled out a 1-0 win over Amherst in a game played Thursday night, as Riley Thayer tallied the winning goal with an assist from Sofia Walker.

South Hadley 7, Mahar 0 — Bella Bisceglia made 13 saves as the Senators fell to the Tigers, 7-0, on Friday in South Hadley. 

Gabi Maroney scored a hat trick for South Hadley. The Tigers, which led 4-0 at halftime, held a 9-2 edge in penalty corners.

Boys soccer

Frontier 0, Easthampton 0 — Just two days removed from a 2-2 draw under the lights in South Deerfield, the two teams played to another stalemate Friday at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton.

Dylan Martin recorded seven saves for the Redhawks (10-0-2), while Easthampton goalie Griffin Foskitt stopped all three shots he faced. The Eagles now sit at 8-1-3 on the year.

Sabis 9, Greenfield 1 — Eric Kibarra and Jeremy Ndungu each scored twice for the Bulldogs in a 9-1 Schmid League win Friday.

Greenfield’s Jayson Smith got the hosts on the board in the second half with a goal, assisted by Sam Bakare. Goalie Daniel Pena-Chadee stopped 13 shots.

Granby 10 Athol 0 — Two goals apiece from Francisco Climent and Nathan Grandmont lifted the host Rams to a 10-0 Schmid League win Friday afternoon.

Granby, which led 6-0 at halftime, received two saves in net from keeper Patrick French for the shutout.

Athol goalies Holden Girouard and Connor Mahony combined to make 10 saves.


Wahconah 3, Athol 2 — The host Bears played what coach Donna Lajoie called their “best match all season” Friday, winning the first two sets before ultimately falling in a five-set marathon at Mallet Gymnasium.

“We got beat up pretty bad when we played [Wahconah] on the road but boy did we show them what we were capable of tonight,” lauded Lajoie.

Skyleigh D'Ambrosia had a huge night for the Bears, finishing with five kills and leading a scrappy defensive effort.

“She could do know wrong in the first two games,” Lajoie said. “She was serving great, hitting great, and nothing was hitting the floor if she had anything to say about it.”

Alma White dished out 11 assists to go with two kills and two aces, while Laney Florentino had two kills, four assists and two aces for Athol. Kennedy Vaillancourt smacked four kills and Alyssa Logan finished with 20 digs.

Franklin Tech 3, Mahar 0 — Maddie Brodeur had three aces and three digs to help the Eagles to a 25-7, 25-18, 25-13 Northern League sweep Friday night in Turners Falls.

Emily Ryan went for three kills to aid Franklin Tech, which also received three aces and a kill from Haleigh Benoit.

Emilia Ramos’ three kills led the way offensively for the Senators, while Olivia Mayer put down two kills. Angelina Alonso notched five aces and Saylor Kegans added three aces and three assists.

Greenfield 3, Pioneer 0 — Kelsey Richardson had 10 aces, eight kills and six digs in Greenfield’s sweep.

Karisma Santana (seven kills, six aces), Aisha Pruitt Gonzalez (10 assists, six aces), Rory Cronen Townsend (three kills, four digs) and Alexis Antonellis (three kills, one ace).


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