High schools: Turners Falls field hockey blanks Mohawk Trail for 1st win of the season

Staff Reports
Published: 9/15/2023 9:43:26 PM

Holding a tight 1-0 lead at halftime, the Turners Falls field hockey exploded for four goals in the second half to pull away for a 5-0 Valley League victory over Mohawk Trail on Friday in the Powertown.

Ledwin Villafana netted a hat trick for Turners (1-3), which won its  first game of 2023. Jaade Duncan and Ella Guidaboni also found the back of th e net for the hosts, with Avery Tela notching a pair of assists. Holly Myers and Ayleen Ovalle-Perez also had assists for Turners, which held a 12-3 edge in penalty corners.

Turners goalie Conner Herzig made seven saves to record the shutout.

Southwick 2, Mahar 1 — Taylor Paluk  staked the host Senators to a 1-0 lead with a first-quarter goal , but visiti  ng Southwick tied the game in the second quarter and netted the eventual game winner in the third quarter to capture a 2-1 Valley League victory o n Friday at  the Woodward Complex in Orange.

Shea Woods assisted on the Paluk goal, helping Mahar (0-5) get out to a strong start.

Goalie Zoey Woodard made seven saves in net for the Sens, which return to action Tuesday at Turners Falls.

Greenfield 11, Holyoke 0 — The Green Wave scored six goals in the opening eight minutes of action and tallied a seventh goal before the quarter ended, as they cruised to a victory in Greenfield on Friday. 

Gloria McDonald and McKenzie Boswell each recorded hat tricks for Greenfield, McDonald also adding an assist. Henley Gilstrep scored and had two assists, Amelia Bouchard, Grace Laurie, Lauren Kalinowski and Kelly Baird each tallied a goal while Addie Harrington dished an assist in the win. Ainslee Flynn stopped the lone shot she saw in the shutout. 

The Wave improved to 3-0 on the season. They welcome Longmeadow to town for a matchup with the defending Division 2 state champions on Monday.

Girls soccer

Franklin Tech 4, Gateway 0 — Laken Woodard took the lid off the Gateway goal when she tallied in the final minute of the first half, and the visiting Eagles pumped in three strikes after intermission to earn a 4-0 Bi-County League victory on Friday night in Huntington.

Anne Kolodziej and Mia Marigliano (first career varsity goal) both tallied in the second half, and Ella Kolodziej’s corner kick went off a Gateway defender for another tally.

Elise Wolfe, Anne Kolodziej and Ella Kolodziej all notched assists for Franklin Tech (2-1), and Kylee Gamache made three saves in net for the clean sheet.

“The girls played really hard,” Tech coach Jason Butynski said. “We controlled the middle of the field really well, were winning 50/50 balls… it was a full 80 minute effort.”

Holyoke 2, Mahar 0 — The Purple Knights tallied a goal in each half, as Kyra Lippman and Yasani Thompson both found the back of the net to hand the Sens a 2-0 Pioneer League North defeat on Friday.

Boys soccer

Pathfinder 5, Franklin Tech 1 — The Pioneers came out of the gate firing, scoring five goals in the opening 24 minutes to earn a Tri-County League win over the Eagles in Three Rivers on Friday. 

Mason Thurston scored the lone Tech goal, doing so on a Preston Duvall corner kick in the 72nd.


Mahar 3, Hampden Charter East 2 — Madelynn Burgess recorded 12 aces for the Senators, which held on in five sets to pick up another victory on Friday.

Set scores were 23-25, 25-16, 25-14, 22-25, 15-11.

Mia Santana recorded six aces, two kills and three assists for Mahar (3-2), while Delana Fausett (four kills), Hayden Comeau (six aces, five kills) and Mckenzie Scribner (four aces) were other key contributors in the victory.

PV Christian 3, Franklin Tech 1 — Kristine Given helped pace a stout defensive effort, but the Eagles fell to Pioneer Valley Christian in a four-set independent match on Friday.

Set scores were 25-17, 26-24, 21-25, 25-21.

Hannah Hackett notched five digs for Franklin Tech (2-3), while Skylei LaPan (one ace, one kill, two digs) and Abby Carlo (two aces, three digs) also aided the effort.

Baystate Academy 3, Pioneer 0 — The Bulls rolled to a 25-12, 25-5, 25-8 sweep of the Panthers in an independent contest on Friday.

Avery Johnson dished out eight digs to go with two kills and two blocks for Pioneer, while Erin Killay aided the back row cause with 10 digs and three aces. Aiden  Wall (eight digs, one ace) and Abbie Ray (six digs, one kill, one  block) were othe r standout performers.


Franklin Tech 173, Easthampton 218 — Brady Booska fired the low round of the day for the Eagles, shooting a 39 at Holyoke Country Club on Friday.

Gabe Mota (40), Will Belval (41) and  Braeden Talbot (53) were the other scorers for Franklin Tech.

Hopkins 176, Pioneer 184 — Brayden Thayer shot a 4-over 40 for the Panthers to take low honors, but the visitors fell to Hopkins Academy on Friday at Holyoke Country Club.

Ben Werner and Ethan Mauthe each shot 47 for Pioneer, while Ryan Guertin posted a round of 50 to figure  into the scoring.


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