H.S. Girls Soccer: Delaney Parker reaches 200 career points as Mahar bests Frontier in finale

  • Mahar’s Delaney Parker, shown here shooting against Hopkins defender Maggie Potter earlier this week, reached the 200 career point mark in the final game as a Senator Wednesday night against Frontier. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 4/21/2021 8:52:40 PM

ORANGE — Delaney Parker put on a show in her final game wearing a Mahar girls soccer kit.

The senior forward entered the season with 165 career points. She hoped to hit the 200-point milestone in a normal year, but knew it would be a long shot in what turned out to be an abbreviated season. Despite that, she had amassed 193 points entering the Senators’ final game against Frontier on Wednesday night.  

While it may have looked improbable entering the contest, Parker scored six goals and added an assist, her final goal putting her at 200 career points and helping Mahar earn an 11-2 victory on a rainy night at the Woodward Complex. 

“I really wasn’t expecting [to reach 200 points] with everything being modified,” Parker said. “I wanted to see how close I could get but I didn’t expect to get it tonight. At the start of the season it seemed like a far reach. I just played how I usually play.” 

Parker scored a pair of goals in the first half before exploding for four goals and an assist in the final 40 minutes of play. 

“Delaney has been a superstar for us,” Senators coach Chad Softic said. “She’s been with us since she was in seventh grade and she put so much work into her game. It didn’t happen overnight, she became a prolific scorer and we’re really proud of her.” 

The first 20 minutes saw an offensive explosion for both teams. It took Parker all of one minute to find the back of the net, scoring on a penalty kick after a Redhawks handball in the box. 

Four minutes later, Frontier’s Grace O’Leary scored on a free kick to even the tilt at 1-1. 

Parker scored her second at the seven-minute mark, banging a shot in off the post. The Mahar offense tallied another at the 10 minute mark, as Frontier keeper Candice Wells-Robinson — who finished with 15 saves — made a pair of tough stops, but the second shot rebounded out to Natalie Apteker and she buried it to put the Senators up, 3-1. 

Makayla Santos brought the Redhawks to within a goal at the 19 minute mark, dribbling in a shot from a tough angle to make it 3-2.

The Senators controlled the game from that point, however.

“We just ran out of steam,” Redhawks coach Phil Pittelli said. “We played them tough for those 20 minutes.” 

After the offensive explosion in the first 20 minutes, neither team scored for the remainder of the half but it took Mahar just four minutes to light up the scoreboard after intermission.

Micalyn Mailloux gave the Senators a 4-2 lead off a corner kick from Parker, and one minute later, Parker scored herself to make it 5-2.

Astha Bernard scored at the 51 minute mark for Mahar, followed by a second strike from Mailloux, this one a blast from outside the box. Mackinley Drew put the Senators up 8-2 in the 62nd minute. 

“The first half we started off a little rough but the second half we played better as a team,” Parker said. “We were much sharper and we worked together as a team which helped us.” 

Parker had the final three goals of the game, scoring in the 68th, 69th and 75th minutes. Her second goal was a penalty kick and the third was a well-placed free kick. 

“Coach Pittelli is a class act,” Softic lauded. “I didn’t love the [final] score. He was very gracious allowing us to get her that last point. I have a lot of respect for that program and we didn’t mean any offense.” 

Sienna Moore, Drew, Caraline White, Bernard, Mailloux and Logan Burke picked up assists in the win for Mahar. 

While the Senators’ season is over, the Redhawks are back in action Thursday when they hit the road to take on Greenfield. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

Greenfield 6, Smith Academy 3 — Azemina Cecunjanin and Emma Savoy each scored a pair of goals to lead the Green Wave to a 6-3 win against the host Falcons on Wednesday in Hatfield. 

Savoy added two assists in the win, with Victoria Marin and Eva Pruitt-Dahl also finding the back of the net for Greenfield. Story Goldman, Caitlin Graves and Anna Scagel had the tallies for Smith Academy. 

Makayla Valente made six saves for the Green Wave, with Tess Rancourt coming on in relief to make two saves. 


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