High schools: Franklin Tech girls soccer team strikes early, ties Greenfield

  • Greenfield defender Kacia Kinsmith (2) clears the ball away from Franklin Tech's Maralee Wiles (12) in the second half Wednesday night in Turners Falls, Oct. 24, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield goalie Dina Samake dives for a save as defender Kaitlin Lavoine (13) fights off pressure from Franklin Tech's Katherine Garcia (7) in the second half Wednesday night in Turners Falls, Oct. 24, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Franklin Tech defender Gwyneth Clark (25) steals the ball from Greenfield's Victoria Marin (7) in the first half Wednesday night in Turners Falls, Oct. 24, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Eva Pruitt-Dahl (3) takes a shot past Franklin Tech defender Jenna Thebeau (5) in the first half Wednesday night in Turners Falls, Oct. 24, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield goalie Dina Samake leaps up for a save in the second half against Franklin Tech Wednesday night in Turners Falls, Oct. 24, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Kristina Reed (12) traps the ball in the second half against Franklin Tech Wednesday night in Turners Falls, Oct. 24, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Kacia Kinsmith (2) clears the ball under pressure from Franklin Tech's Vanessa Mareno (10) in the second half Wednesday night in Turners Falls, Oct. 24, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 10/24/2018 9:48:28 PM

Something about playing under the lights on home turf helped bring out the best of the Franklin County Technical School girls soccer team Wednesday night.

The Eagles put it all together, and in the process, dealt visiting Greenfield High School a blow in its pursuit of a postseason berth. Franklin Tech scored in the first half and survived a second-half Greenfield tally to earn a 1-1 draw in an independent contest in Turners Falls.

“I’d say it was easily the best game they’ve played all season, hands down,” Franklin Tech coach Dan Prasol said of his team.

The Eagles (5-9-2) got on the board first in the 22nd minute, when Kate Garcia put home a well-placed through ball by Jocelyn Crowningshield for her second goal of the season and second in the last three games.

It stayed that way into halftime, and Greenfield (6-6-1) finally broke through in the 46th minute when Hannah Marchefka brought the visitors level with a goal off an assist from Eva Pruitt-Dahl. It was Marchefka’s first goal of the season and came at an opportune moment.

Greenfield wound up with a 10-8 edge in shots, and goalkeeper Dina Samake finished with seven saves. Franklin Tech keeper Emily Merritt totaled seven saves as well for her side.

The Green Wave have two games remaining and need at least two points from those games to punch a ticket to the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament. They play at Smith Academy on Friday before hosting Smith Voke Monday in Greenfield. One win or two ties would get the team into the postseason.

“We want to play spoiler and the girls did a good job tonight,” Prasol said. “It was a motivated team effort and hopefully we can keep that going.”

The Eagles host Commerce this afternoon.

Athol 6, Mohawk 0 — One down, two more to go.

So goes the script for Athol, which needed to win its remaining three games to earn a postseason invitation. The Red Raiders got the first victory, blanking Mohawk in an independent game to improve to 7-9 overall.

Athol needs wins over Pope Francis (Friday) and Mahar (Monday) to punch its ticket.

Roz Nelson and Ally Raymond had two goals apiece in the win over Mohawk (2-12-2), while Sophie Putnam and Shelby Mailloux also tallied.

Athol outshot Mohawk, 24-10, forcing Warriors keeper Amelie Rowehl to make 17 saves. Athol’s Haley Wrigley made eight saves to preserve the shutout.

Mohawk hosts Smith Voke tonight at 5:30 for its Senior Night.

Four Rivers 4, Putney 2 — Anna Goldstein got the scoring started just nine minutes into the game, and Four Rivers didn’t look back from there in River Valley Athletic League action in Putney, Vt.

Lyra Macek made it 2-0 just before halftime, and Joy Bohonowicz kept the offense rolling five minutes into the second half with a goal of her own. Michaela O’Donnell closed out the scoring, as she followed a Goldstein shot that was saved by the Putney goalkeeper and put home the rebound.

Goldstein had a hand in all four goals, notching three assists, while Macek also had an assist of Goldstein’s first-half tally.

Sage Fuller made four saves in net for the Otters, which received another strong outing from their defense.

Four Rivers heads home to play the Academy at Charlemont in a game today at 3:30.

Boys soccer

Mahar 4, PV Christian 0 — Four players found the back of the net, and Mahar blanked Pioneer Valley Christian in senior day festivities in Orange.

The Senators moved to 9-5-3 overall, setting up a regular-season finale showdown tonight when they travel to play at rival Athol.

Riley Drew, Miguel Gomez, James Temple and Henry Ndayisaba scored. Drew assisted on two of the strikes, while Logan Dodge and Charlie Anderson each added helpers.

Mahar’s goalkeeping tandem of Jon Mahoney and Aiden Lupien combined to make three saves for the team’s fourth shutout of the season.

Field hockey

Frontier 3, East Longmeadow 0 — Olivia Vecellio and Lily Spencer each had a goal and an assist, and host Frontier closed out its regular-season slate with a victory in Valley League action in South Deerfield.

The Red Hawks finished tied for second place in the Valley with South Hadley, as both teams went 6-2-2 in the league behind champion Greenfield (10-0). Frontier wound up 10-5-3 overall, and will likely be seeded second or third when the WMass Div. 2 Tournament brackets are released on Monday.

Emily DeMaio got the scoring started for the Hawks with an unassisted goal, before Spencer made it 2-0 at halftime with a tally from Vecellio.

Vecellio, who finished with a team-high 17 goals and 25 points this season, made it 3-0 and put things out of reach with the game’s lone second-half tally off a Spencer feed. Spencer was second on the team with 10 goals and four assists.

Frontier keeper Skyla Burniske made five saves, helping the Hawks pitch their ninth shutout of the season.

Gardner 1, Athol 0 — Payton Fitzsimmons scored the game’s lone goal in the first half, and visiting Gardner edged Athol in an independent game.

Despite struggling to generate offense for much of the season, the Red Raiders (2-13-2) were able to put some pressure on the Gardner defense. Coach Emily Hall said it was a strong showing despite the loss.

“Our midfield worked really hard today,” said Hall, lauding the play of Christa Cucchi, Ashley Rouleau and Sadey Lehtomaki. “We’ve had a really tough time scoring this year but we had the ball in the circle a lot this game. We had a lot of opportunities that we haven’t really had this year.”

Goalkeeper Ryley Pond made eight saves in the Athol net. Gardner held a 9-3 edge in shots while Athol had a 7-3 advantage in corners.

Belchertown 4, Pioneer 0 — Athena Fowler-Shaw made six saves but visiting Pioneer was blanked by Belchertown in a Tri-County League game.

TCL-leading Belchertown (9-4-2, 7-0) received goals from Hailey Boutin, Kaleigh Cooper, Ashley Messier and Arianna Piedra.

The Panthers (3-11-2, 2-5-1) put four shots on Belchertown keeper Abigail Rothstein.

Girls volleyball

Turners 3, Pioneer 0 — Seniors Sarah Waldron and Hannah Welles came through with strong nights, helping Turners Falls sweep Pioneer, 25-10, 25-13, 25-15 in Northern Division action in Turners Falls.

Waldron finished with four kills and an ace and Welles had eight aces and three kills for the Thunder (15-4, 9-0). Taylor Murphy tossed in four kills and seven aces.

Pioneer (1-14, 1-9) was paced by Cambria Johnson-Brown’s five assists, while Jacquilene Collins had two aces and Avery Johnson added five digs.

Turners’ victory sets up a showdown Friday in Orange against Mahar (14-4, 8-1) for the league title. A win would give the Thunder the outright title, while a Senators victory with make the two teams co-champions.

“It’s going to be a tough match,” Turners coach Kelly Liimatainen said. “We are going to need to come ready to play. I think we’re pretty equally matched teams.”

Renaissance 3, FC Tech 2 — Visiting Franklin Tech battled back from an 0-2 deficit, winning the third and fourth sets, but Renaissance School finished the job late to pick up its first win of the season in a Metro Division contest in Springfield.

Game scores were 25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 18-25, 15-12.

Summer Gaudreau closed out her season with nine kills, five aces and five digs for the Eagles (1-19, 1-9). Teammate Kimberly Petrowicz had eight aces, six digs and a pair of kills, while sophomore Gemanaia Cruz came through with two aces, one kill, one assist, three digs and one block.


DA results

An offensive explosion saw the Deerfield Academy field hockey team pick up its 10th win of the season Wednesday. The Big Green dispatched Worcester, 8-2.

The victory helped DA improve to 10-1-1 overall. The squad looks to keep it rolling Saturday with a road game at Andover.

• Elsewhere, the boys soccer team played Worcester to a 1-1 tie. The girls soccer team fell to Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, 6-0, while volleyball fell to Amherst (3-1) and boys water polo was defeated by Loomis.

NMH falls

In overtime, the Northfield Mount Hermon School field hockey team was edged by Berkshire, 2-1, on Wednesday.

The Hoggers fell to 2-9 overall.


Greenfield 1, FC Tech 1





FC Tech




Goals: (G) Marchefka. (FT) Garcia.

Assists: (G) Pruitt-Dahl. (FT) Crowningshield.

Shots: Greenfield 10. FC Tech 8.

Saves: (G) Samake 7. (FT) Merritt 7.

Athol 6, Mohawk 0









Goals: (A) Putnam, Nelson 2, Mailloux, Raymond 2.

Assists: (A) Nelson, McCulley.

Shots: Athol 24. Mohawk 10.

Saves: (A) Wrigley 8. (M) Rowehl 17.


Frontier 3, E. Longmeadow 0

E. Longmeadow








Goals: (F) DeMaio, Spencer, Vecellio.

Assists: (F) Vecellio, Spencer.

Shots: E. Longmeadow 5. Frontier 19.

Saves: (EL) French 16. (F) Burniske 5.

Corners: E. Longmeadow 3. Frontier 9.

Gardner 1, Athol 0









Goals: (G) Fitzsimmons.

Assists: (G) Robinson.

Shots: Gardner 9. Athol 3.

Saves: (G) Goyette 3. (A) Pond 8.

Corners: Gardner 3. Athol 7.

Belchertown 4, Pioneer 0









Goals: (B) Boutin, Cooper, Messier, Piedra.

Shots: Pioneer 4. Belchertown 10.

Saves: (P) Fowler-Shaw 6. (B) Rothstein 4.


Mahar 4, PV Christian 0

PV Christian








Goals: (M) Drew, Gomez, Temple, Ndayisaba.

Assists: (M) Anderson, Dodge, Drew 2.

Shots: PV Christian 3. Mahar 11.

Saves: (PV) Porter 7. (M) Mahoney 2, Lupien 1.

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