Schools: Wave complete E. Longmeadow sweep

  • Greenfield's Samantha Payson (9) carries the ball downfield under pressure from East Longmeadow's Julia Bellucci (11) in the second half of the Green Wave’s 9-0 victory Saturday in Greenfield. Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Katie Haselton (2) fights for possession against East Longmeadow's Lexi Pfalzgraf (12) in the second half of the Wave’s 9-0 victory Saturday in Greenfield. Staff/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 10/14/2018 6:31:53 PM

Two games against the same team in less than 24 hours?

No problem.

In a bizarre situation due to postponements from earlier this fall, the Greenfield High School field hockey team was tasked with playing Valley League foe East Longmeadow in back-to-back days. After dispatching the Spartans, 8-0, on the road Friday night, the Green Wave returned home for a Saturday morning rematch and took care of business yet again for a 9-0 win in Greenfield.

“It was certainly a first for me. We’ve never turned around and played the same team twice in 14 hours or whatever it was,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said. “It felt like we never left each other.”

Indeed, by the time Greenfield (12-1 overall, 6-0 Valley) returned home from East Longmeadow Friday night, there was about a 14-hour span before the 11 a.m. rematch Saturday morning.

“We’ve got our sights set on big things this year so every day we look at the day itself and concentrate on that particular game and what we need to do in order to be successful,” Thayer said. “It was just about approaching another game on another day, even though it was the same opponent.”

The Green Wave jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead and didn’t let down. Raegan Hickey scored three goals, giving her 27 for the season. Katie Haselton and Lillia Kachelmeyer had two goals apiece, while Mady Kuchieski notched a goal and three assists while Audrey Bresciano also scored a goal and an assist.

Greenfield held decisive edges in shots on goal (42-0) and corners (21-0). East Longmeadow (1-6-3, 1-4-1) received 33 saves from goalkeeper Emily French in the loss.

The Wave have an interesting week ahead. There are three games on the schedule, including two with rival Frontier (8-3-2, 5-0-1) beginning Tuesday night when the Red Hawks come to Greenfield for a 6:30 p.m. tilt. Postponements dominated the month of September, meaning the two teams still haven’t met with the regular-season winding down.

“It feels very strange to not have played Frontier yet,” admitted Thayer.

Girls soccer

Gateway 2, Mahar 0 — Host Gateway scored a goal in each half and pulled within a half game of Pioneer North-leading Mahar Regional School thanks to a 2-0 shutout Saturday afternoon in Huntington.

Erin Harris and Peyton Bucko tallied for Gateway (8-2, 6-1), which handed Mahar (11-2, 7-1) its first loss since the season-opener against South Hadley on Sept. 5. Nina Iglesias and Hannah Duggan added assists in the victory.

Bucko’s goal came with just 32 seconds left before halftime, giving the Gators a 1-0 advantage at intermission.

“It’s disappointing,” offered Mahar coach Chad Softic. “We didn’t play like we understood what was on the line. We just didn’t play like it was important for us and we got what we deserved.”

Mahar won the first meeting between the two teams, 1-0, back on Sept. 11 in Orange. The visitors had a 22-12 advantage in shots, with goalkeeper Marie Nottleson recording three saves.

The Senators, who had their 11-game winning streak snapped and suffered their first league defeat, look to bounce back today with an independent home game against Mount Greylock at 4:30 in Orange.

Greenfield 9, E. Longmeadow 0

E. Longmeadow

0

0

0

Greenfield

5

4

9

Goals: (G) Hickey 3, Haselton 2, Bresciano, Kuchieski, Kachelmeyer 2.

Assists: (G) Hickey, Bresciano, Kuchieski 3.

Shots: E. Longmeadow 0. Greenfield 42.

Saves: (EL) French 33. (G) Smith 0.

Corners: E. Longmeadow 0. Greenfield 21.

Gateway 2, Mahar 0

Mahar

0

0

0

Gateway

1

1

2

Goals: (G) Bucko, Harris.

Assists: (G) Duggan, Iglesias.

Shots: Mahar 22. Gateway 12.

Saves: (M) Nottleson 3. (G) Herman 8.


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