Schools: Mahar girls win fifth straight soccer title

  • Above, Mahar’s Kianna Reilly (5) scores on an assist from Emma Savoy (8) past Athol goalie Haley Wrigley in the first half on Monday in Orange. Below, Mahar’s Delaney Parker (3) dribbles past Athol defender Shelby Mailloux (5) in the first half. RECORDER photos/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Tori Tenney (7) fields an incoming corner kick in the first half against Athol Monday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Delaney Parker (3) dribbles past Athol defender Shelby Mailloux (5) in the first half Monday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Athol’s Crista Jillson (6), right, clears the ball past Mahar’s Katie Cleveland (12) in the first half Monday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Hannah Paul (10) and Katie Cleveland (12) vie for possession against Athol’s Destiny Wrigley (15) in the first half Monday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Monday, October 30, 2017

After winning four consecutive Franklin County League girls’ soccer titles, Mahar Regional School was moved up to the Pioneer North Division this season. The new, more difficult league did nothing to prevent the Senators from adding a fifth straight league championship.

The Senators poured in five goals Monday night to sew up the league title with a convincing, 5-1 win over rival Athol High School at the Woodward Complex in Orange.

Mahar (12-2-4 overall, 8-1-3 Pioneer North) led 2-0 at the break, then scored three times in the second half to put it away. Kianna Reilly scored from Emma Savoy in the first half, and Delaney Parker added a goal from Reilly.

Jasmine Vautour scored an unassisted goal in the second half, then set up Katie Cleveland for a 4-0 lead before Grace Dufour scored to put Athol (6-10-2) on the board. Cleveland finished out the scoring on an assist from Elysha Bedard.

“It’s great. We earned it for sure this year,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “We had a very competitive schedule and played teams with real quality programs. We are very proud of the girls and are going to enjoy it and get ready for the tournament.”

Mahar outshot Athol, 31-4. Bedard and Marie Nottleson split time in the Mahar net and each made one save. Peyton Parker stopped 16 shots in the loss.

Mahar will find out its seed in the WMass Division III

FC Tech 2, Sci-Tech 0 — Franklin County Technical School is in the WMass Division IV Tournament.

Brooke Adams scored a goal and added an assist and the Eagles clinched a postseason berth in their season-finale with a 2-0 victory over Springfield School of Science & Technology in a Tri-County League girls’ soccer game Monday in Turners Falls.

The Eagles entered the day needing a win or tie to secure a berth. Adams scored a first-half goal on an assist from Olivia Whittier to give Franklin Tech (9-8-1) the lead. Then Kate Garcia iced the game with a second-half goal on an assist from Adams. That gave the Eagles their first postseason berth since 2014.

“It’s exciting to get in,” said Tech coach Dan Prasol. “Just making the tournament is exciting, but also doing it after turning around our record from last year when we had four wins.”

Tabi Hamilton backstopped the win with four saves.

Palmer 1, Frontier 0 — Maddelin Theriault scored five minutes into the game and it stood up the rest of the way as Palmer High School edged Frontier Regional School, 1-0, in an independent girls’ soccer game Monday night in Palmer.

Sierra Cavanaugh assisted on the goal, and Allison King made two saves in the shutout.

Lexa Boyden made six saves in the loss. Frontier finished the regular season 12-3-2.

Pioneer 2, Smith Academy 1 — Emily Raymond scored the game-winning goal with five minutes remaining, and Pioneer Valley Regional School closed out a fine regular season with a 2-1 win over Smith Academy in a Pioneer South girls’ soccer game Monday afternoon in Hatfield.

Raymond broke a 1-1 tie in the 75th minute, taking a feed from Kaylee Gibson and lifting the Panthers to a runner-up finish in the Pioneer South at 9-2-1 (9-5-2 overall).

“I was frustrated with our play at certain times because we just didn’t want the ball as much as Smith,” explained Pioneer coach Nikki Pullen. “We eventually stepped it up and became a lot more aggressive.”

Sammie Martinez got the scoring started with a goal in the 30th minute, putting Pioneer up 1-0 with an assist from Gibson.

Smith Academy (7-9-1, 5-6-1), which needed a win to qualify for the postseason but finished below the .500 mark with the defeat, tied the game 1-1 just three minutes before halftime on a goal from Maisy Dyer.

Pioneer goalkeeper Leah Fuess had a strong outing between the pipes, recording seven saves as the Panthers held an opponent to one goal or fewer for the eighth time all season.

Pioneer now awaits the release of Division III Tournament soccer brackets on Wednesday.

Girls’ volleyball

Lee 3, Frontier 2 — In what could be a preview of this year’s WMass Division III championship match, visiting Lee High School showed it’s going to be a tough out in the upcoming tournament Monday night.

The Wildcats put together a strong final set, holding off Frontier Regional School, 25-16, 14-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-8, in a wild five-setter to close out the regular-season at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Lee (17-1) led for the majority of the fifth set, building a lead on the strength of a service run from Sarah Cook to turn a 5-5 game into a 10-5 lead. The Wildcats closed out the win on a block for the 15-8 victory.

Frontier (12-8) forced a decisive fifth set by capturing the fourth frame. With the score tied 23-23, Lee was called for a carry, setting up game point. Selayna Bathurst sealed the deal, as her serve landed on the back line for an ace to secure the 25-23 win and move things to the fifth.

Lauren Davenport led the Frontier offense with 19 kills, while Bathurst (11 digs) was also in double figures with 10 kills. Hailey Orloski had five kills and Ashley Telega tossed in three kills.

Setter Ella Deane registered 37 assists in a busy outing, with also featured two kills, two aces and 12 digs from the senior.

Mahar 3, Commerce 0 — In its final regular-season match, Mahar Regional School made sure to end on a high note Monday night.

The host Senators improved to 14-6 overall, capturing a 29-27, 25-16, 25-17 win over High School of Commerce in an independent girls’ volleyball match in Orange.

Maeve Powell led Mahar with 17 kills, four aces and 11 digs. Ava Santana tossed in two kills, four aces and two digs, while Aria Flematti finished with 23 assists and three kills. Sophia Smith tallied nine kills and 18 digs, while Lauren Henne helped pace the defense with 13 digs.