Schools: Wave breaks 15-year tourney drought

For the Recorder
Published: 10/26/2018 10:32:50 PM

For the first time in 15 years, Greenfield High School is tournament-bound.

Behind two goals from Eva Pruitt-Dahl, the Green Wave secured their berth in the WMass Div. 3 Tournament Friday afternoon thanks to a 2-0 shutout of Smith Academy in a Pioneer South girls soccer game in Hatfield.

Greenfield (7-6-1 overall, 7-4 South) secured at least a .500 record with the win, as the team has just one game remaining Monday night against Smith Voke. It’s the first time the girls soccer program will play in the postseason since 2003, when the squad went 8-4-4 and lost to Mount Greylock, 7-0, in the opening round of the tourney.

“I pushed them this year,” began Greenfield coach Tina Riddell, who guided Greenfield back to the postseason in her first season with the program. “I wanted to show them that they could be successful, they just have to work at it. They were able to understand that if they worked hard, they can reach their full potential. It’s awesome.”

Pruitt-Dahl got Greenfield on the board in the eighth minute of the game, and she added some insurance in the 43rd minute with her second of the contest. The second-half tally was assisted by Victoria Marin.

That would be enough for goalkeeper Dina Samake, who made 10 saves to earn the team’s fifth shutout of the season and third in the last four games. Greenfield is 3-0-1 in its last four games, stepping up to answer the call when its back was against the wall.

“After the (Franklin) Tech game (a 1-1 tie Wednesday), our goal was to play to the whistle today and everyone battled,” Riddell said. “We were trying to push strong right away. The girls made some really good touches.”

Riddell lauded the play of Tina Reed in the midfield, as well as Makayla Valente and the scoring tandem of Pruitt-Dahl and Marin.

Athol 5, Pope Francis 1 — Grace Dufour scored a goal and added two assists to lead Athol High School to a 5-1 win over Pope Francis High School in a Pioneer North girls soccer match Friday afternoon in Springfield.

With the win the Red Raiders kept their playoff hopes alive, improving to 8-9-0 overall and now need to to win their final game Monday to qualify for postseason play.

Shelby Mailloux, Angelica Baptista, Ally Raymond and Lilly King all scored for Athol in support of goalkeeper Haley Wrigley who stopped eight shots in net.

Athol will face rival and division leader Mahar Regional School at home Monday night with the game scheduled to start at 6:30.

Girls volleyball

Turners 3, Mahar 1 — Mercedes Morales registered 16 assists four kills and four aces as Turners Falls High School captured the PVIAC North Division title with a 17-25, 28-26, 25-12-25-12 win over Mahar Regional School in a volleyball match Friday night in Orange.

In a matchup that featured the top two teams in the division, Turners Falls (16-4, 10-0 PVIAC North) overcame a slow start to defeat Mahar (14-5, 8-2 PVIAC North) for the second time this season to earn the division crown.

“I am really proud of the way we played tonight,” said Thunder coach Kelly Liimatainen. “We overcame a slow start and the girls really played hard, came together and really played well over the final three sets.”

Taylor Murphy played well for Turners Falls finishing with nine kills, a block and an ace and Sarah Waldron added four kills and four aces. Dabney Rollins tallied 12 kills and an ace and Lindsay Whiteman came away with five digs and an ace.

Jordyn Berry played well with six kills for the Senators while Aria Felmatti finished with 17 assists and Ava Santana belted four kills in the loss.

Boys soccer

Chicopee Comp 1, Frontier 0 — Needing a tie to earn a share of the Moriarty Division title, Frontier lost a tough match falling 1-0 to Chicopee Comp High School in a Moriarty Division boys soccer match Friday night in South Deerfield.

The Red Hawks suffered a pair of heartbreaking 1-0 defeats this week both of which could have helped Frontier (8-7-2, 4-3-1 Moriarty) secure a share of the league title.

“I am really happy with the way we fought tonight,” said Frontier head coach Evan Horton. “The guys played tough and generated numerous scoring chances but we just couldn't find the back of the net. I have to give credit to Chicopee Comp, they played very well defensively and took advantage of a brief defensive lapse. They are a very good Division I team that I think will do very well in the postseason.”

Mason Stepno had the lone goal of the match in the 10th minute as the Red Hawks suffered a break down in the midfield. Chicopee was able to clear the ball out of its defensive end with a bouncing ball that was secured by Graham Topor, who then volleyed a pass up to Stepno who secured the ball on a bounce outside the box, dribbled forward and launched a shot into the top corner for decisive goal.

The Red Hawks battled back right before half generating multiple scoring chances but could not find the equalizer as Christian San Miguel turned away eight shots including a diving save right before the half to help the Pacers maintain the slim lead.

Frontier generated 18 shots in the contest compared to 10 for the Pacers. Peter Bronke played well in net for the Red Hawks turning away nine shots. Frontier will now have to wait until Wednesday to learn its postseason seed.

Pioneer 4, Smith Academy 1 — Senior Garrett Cote registered his first career hat trick on senior night to lead Pioneer Valley Regional School to a 4-1 route of Smith Academy in a McGrath North Division boys soccer match Friday night in Northfield.

“Tonight was our senior night and we were led by Senior Garrett Cote with his first career hat trick,” said Pioneer coach Don Fraser. “Our ball movement was fantastic tonight and our seniors played very well.”

Jacob Quinn added the fourth goal for the Panthers while Cote, Felix Pruitt Dahl, Noah Keith and Alex Taylor all added assists. Ryan Underwood stopped three shots in net while splitting time with Quinn who stopped two shots.

FC Tech 4, Hampden Charter 2 — Franklin Tech stormed back from an early two-goal deficit to beat Hampden Charter School, 4-2, in a Tri-County League boys soccer game Friday in Turners Falls.

The Wolves got a penalty kick in the eighth minute and then scored again in the 10th to take a 2-0 lead but the Eagles began to come back in the 21st minute when Jovanni Ruggiano scored on an assist from Reuben Galvez.

Eight minute later, Ruggiano struck again to tie the game, and in the 37th minute, Ryan Campbell gave the Eagles the lead for good on an assist from Tony Barilone. The second half remained scoreless until one minute to play when Ruggiano completed his hat trick on an assist from Jake Burnett.

“We came out flatter than a stack of pancakes,” Franklin Tech coach Kurt Richardston said. “We have not been behind in many games, and I was a little tentative to see how we would respond. The guys played hard and they got the result.”

Grayson Funk made three saves in the Eagles’ goal and had to come out briefly due to an injury, and Matt Regnier came on and stopped one shot.

Franklin Tech completes the regular season on Monday at Duggan at 4. The Eagles also learned they earned the second seed in the State Small School Vocational Tournament and will play host to Old Colony Tuesday afternoon at 4 in a semifinal. 

Sci-Tech 7, Greenfield 0 — Jorby Sandoval scored two goals to help the Springfield High School of Science & Technology cruise to a 7-0 win over Greenfield in a McGrath Division boys soccer match Friday afternoon in Greenfield.

Nate Goodrow and Thien Pham each had goals for the CyberCats in support of winning goalie Alberto Andrade who blocked five shots in net.

Alex Carballo was busy in net for the Green Wave turning away 10 shots in the loss.

BOYS SOCCER

Chicopee Comp 1, Frontier 0

Chicopee Comp

1

0

1

Frontier

0

0

0

Goals: (CC) Stepno.

Assists: (CC) Topor.

Shots: Comp 10. Frontier 18.

Saves: (CC) San-Miguel 8. (F) Bronke 9.

Sci-Tech 7, Greenfield 0

Sci-Tech

3

4

7

Greenfield

0

0

0

Goals: (ST) Sandovall 2, Pham, own goal, McCarthy, Goodrow, unknown.

Assists: (ST) Montague, Ortiz, McCarthy, Pearson, Diaz, Gabbidon.

Shots: Sci-Tech 17. Greenfield 5.

Saves: (ST) Andrade 5. (G) Carballo 10.

Pioneer 4, Smith Academy 1

Smith Academy

0

1

1

Pioneer

2

2

4

Goals: (SA) Moynihan. (P) Cote 3, Quinn.

Assists: (P) Core, Pruitt Dahl, Keith, Taylor.

Saves: (SA) Belina 12. (P) Underwood 3, Quinn 2.

FC Tech 4, Hampden Charter 2

Hampden

2

0

2

FC Tech

3

1

4

Goals: (HC) Mersincavaje, Bary. (FT) Ruggiano 3, Campbell.

Assists: (HC) Czartoryski. (FT) Galvez, Barilone, Burnett.

Shots: Hampden 6. FC Tech 14.

Saves: (HC) Gonzalez 2. (FT) Funk 3, Regnier 1.

GIRLS SOCCER

Athol 5, Pope Francis 1

Athol

2

3

5

Pope Francis

1

0

1

Goals: (A) Mailloux, Dufour, Baptista, Raymond, King. (PF) Turmel.

Assists: (A) Dufour 2, Baptista, Dalio. (PF) Shannon.

Shots: Athol 13. Pope Francis 8.

Saves: (A) Wrigley 8. (PF) Wolanski 10.

Greenfield 2, Smith Academy 0

Greenfield

1

1

2

Smith Academy

0

0

0

Goals: (G) Pruitt-Dahl 2.

Assists: (G) Marin.

Shots: Greenfield 13. Smith Academy 10.

Saves: (G) Samake 10. (SA) Bell 9.




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