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Moffatt rescues Warriors

  • Grace Poplowski (left) recovers to clear the ball after it got past keeper Amelie Rowehl during host Mohawk’s 4-3 win over McCann Tech Tuesday in Buckland. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk's Bailey Cousineau moves upfield during her team’s 4-3 win over McCann Tech Tuesday in Buckland. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Sage Spitzer of Mohawk (right) battles with McCann's Juliana Mazzeo during the Warriors’ 4-3 win Tuesday in Pioneer South girls soccer game in Buckland. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ



Staff Writers
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Aileen Moffatt scored on a one-timer with nine minutes to play and Mohawk Trail Regional High School edged McCann Tech, 4-3, in a Pioneer South girls soccer game Tuesday in Buckland.

Moffatt’s goal finished off a wild second half that saw the Warriors (1-1-1) score a pair of early goals to take a 3-1 lead, only to have the Hornets tie the game during the middle part of the second half. Moffatt’s game winner came after she took a pass from Sage Spitzer just inside the 18-yard box and one-timed it past McCann goalie Savannah Reynolds. 

“I was so proud of how they composed themselves,” Mohawk coach Steven Tomi said. “Defensively, we made some mistakes, but the girls were rewarded for their effort.”

Mohawk took a 1-0 lead with six minutes to play in the first half when Liliana Manley finished off a pass from Spitzer, but McCann tied the game two minutes later as Izzy LaCasse used her blazing speed to score an unassisted goal.

The Warriors came out in the second half and wound up earning a penalty kick, but Lily Wickland-Shearer had her shot stopped by Reynolds. She redeemed herself just a couple minutes after the penalty as she scored an unassisted goal seven minutes into the frame to put Mohawk up 2-0. Three minutes later, Manley struck for her second of the game to give Mohawk a two-goal cushion.

McCann stormed back in the next 10 minutes with LaCasse getting her second of the game in the 60th minute to tie the score.

Mohawk held a 16-14 edge in shots. Amelie Rowehl stopped 10 shots in the win. 

“The girls really played as a team today,” Tomi said. “The way they bounced back after squandering a 3-1 lead, I was so proud of them to hang in there.”

Mohawk heads to Greenfield Friday.

Greenfield 1, Pioneer 0 — Eva Pruitt-Dahl made her mark against her former school Tuesday night.

The Greenfield sophomore, who transferred from Pioneer this year, struck for the lone goal of the night, tallying the game-winner in the second half to lift the visiting Green Wave to a 1-0 win in Pioneer South action in Northfield.

The victory was the second of the season for Greenfield, matching the most wins in for the program since 2015.

“Greenfield is a different team this year,” Pioneer coach Nikki Pullen said of the Wave. “They have heart and they never gave up. Eva was definitely a huge loss for us.”

Kacia Kinsmith assisted on the Pruitt-Dahl strike.

Pioneer outshot Greenfield by a 27-14 margin, with Wave keeper Dina Samake recording 22 saves to earn the win. Leah Fuess had 11 saves for Pioneer.

“We are maintaining possession pretty well but we just can’t finish,” Pullen said. “It’s still early in the season, and week now what we need to work on. We need to keep our heads high and maintain focus.”

Greenfield hosts Mohawk Friday while Pioneer is off until playing Smith Voke next week.

Frontier 2, Easthampton 0 — Frontier scored once in each half to get past Easthampton in Pioneer North action.

The Red Hawks held a 1-0 lead at halftime but Easthampton came out and peppered the Frontier net early in the second half. Frontier goalie Amalie Sullivan-Joyce kept the Eagles off the board, and the Red Hawks struck on a counter attack to stretch the lead. Easthampton had a corner kick in the 55th minute that freshman Kaitlyn Mackin cleared ahead to Natalie Denkiewicz and the Frontier sniper did the rest, carrying the ball in on Easthampton goalie Lily Pioli and finishing it off.

Frontier (2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when Cambrie Hamilton scored on an assist from Alena Maes-Polan.

Buoyed by the big second half, Easthampton outshot Frontier, 16-12, for the game. Frontier goalie Siomara Green made three saves in the first half, while Amalie Sullivan-Joyce came on in the second and turned aside eight shot. Pioli finished with five saves in the loss.

Athol 6, Hopkins 3 — Athol scored four times in the first 10 minutes of the second half to snap a 2-2 tie and pull away from Hopkins.

Ally Raymond returned to the pitch after missing the first two games of the season for the Red Raiders due to an ankle injury and she  responded with a pair of goals including the tie-breaking tally one minute into the second half. Grace Dufour, who also scored twice in the win, made it 4-2 five minutes into the second half, but Hopkins sniper Samantha Jenks scored on a penalty kick seven minutes into the half to pull the Golden Hawks back to 4-3. Athol was not done, however, as Raymond got her second of the half one minute after Jenks scored, and Angelica Baptista made it 6-3 in the 10th minute of the second half.

The final 30 minutes remained scoreless as Haley Wrigley (nine saves) prevented Hopkins from getting any closer. 

“We came out pretty strong. We missed a couple early chances in the first half where we could have opened it up,” Athol coach Tim Cleveland said. 

Mahar 1, Gateway 0 — Delaney Parker scored in the 30th minute and Mahar edged Gateway, 1-0, in Pioneer North action in Orange.

Gateway controlled play for much of the first half but the Senators survived the threat and in the 30th minute Mollie Burke sent a ball forward to Parker from midfield and the sophomore did what she does best, beating Becca Herman for the game’s only goal.

“We started off a little slow. We really struggled for the first 30 minutes,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “We got that one quick counter and it was a big sense of relief because at that point we hadn’t really deserved.”

Marie Nottleson made seven saves to earn the shutout. Herman stopped 10 shots in the loss.

St. Mary’s 3, FC Tech 2 — Brooke Adams scored a goal in each half, but visiting Franklin Tech was unable to overcome a 3-1 halftime deficit in a Tri-County league loss to St. Mary’s.

“If we’re going to win games, we have to start playing 80 minutes of soccer,” Franklin Tech coach Dan Prasol said.

The Eagles host Putnam on Friday.

Athol 6, Hopkins 3

Athol

2

4

6

Hopkins

2

1

3

Goals: (A) Dufour 2, Raymond 2, Baptista, Mailloux. (H) Jenks 2, Farnham.

Assists: (A) Mailloux, Raymond. (H) Earle.

Shots: Athol 17. Hopkins 12.

Saves: (A) Wrigley 9. (H) Jolly 11.

Frontier 2, Easthampton 0

Frontier

1

1

2

Easthampton

0

0

0

Goals: (F) Hamilton, Denkiewicz..

Assists: (F) Mackin, Maes-Polan.

Shots: Frontier 12. Easthampton 16.

Saves: (F) Green 3, Sullivan-Joyce 8. (E) Pioli 5.

Mahar 1, Gateway 0

Gateway

0

0

0

Mahar

1

0

1

Goals: (M) Parker.

Assists: (M) Burke.

Shots: Gateway 16. Mahar 22.

Saves: (G) Herman 10. (M) Nottleson 7.

Mohawk 4, McCann Tech 3

McCann

1

0

3

Mohawk

1

0

4

Goals: (MT) LaCasse 2, Huberdeen. (Mo) Manley 2, Wickland-Shearer, Moffatt.

Assists: (MT) LaCasse. (Mo) Spitzer 2.

Shots: McCann 14. Mohawk 16.

Saves: (MT) Reynolds 11. (Mo) Rowehl 10.

Greenfield 1, Pioneer 0

Greenfield

0

1

1

Pioneer

0

0

0

Goals: (G) Pruitt-Dahl.

Assists: (G) Kinsmith.

Shots: Greenfield 14. Pioneer 27.

Saves: (G) Samake 22. (P) Fuess 11.

St. Mary’s 3, FC Tech 2

FC Tech

1

1

2

St. Mary’s

3

0

3

Goals: (FT) Adams 2. (SM) n/a.