Green Wave wins fourth straight

  • Greenfield's Victoria Marin (7) fights for possession against McCann Tech defender Krista Furlon (8) in the first half of Wednesday’s 1-0 Green Wave victory. Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Eva Pruitt-Dahl (3) rips a shot past McCann Tech defender Allyson Kuzanik (22) Wednesday afternoon in Greenfield. Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Hannah Poirier (4) presses downfield against McCann Tech defender Krista Furlon (8) in the second half of Wednesday’s 1-0 Green Wave victory. Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield goalie Dina Samake punts the ball during the first half against McCann Tech on Wednesday afternoon where she and the Green Wave pitched a 1-0 shutout victory. Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Neveah Smith clears the ball during the first half against McCann Tech Wednesday during Greenfield’s 1-0 victory. Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Victoria Marin (7) sprints past McCann Tech defender Krista Furlon (8) in the second half on Wednesday during Greenfield’s 1-0 victory. Staff/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 9/19/2018 10:36:48 PM

The Greenfield High School girls soccer team keeps turning heads.

Behind Trinity Shamrock’s goal midway through the first half the Green Wave earned its fourth straight win on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over McCann Tech in a Pioneer South Division contest in Greenfield.

The past decade and a half has not been kind to the Green Wave program. Wednesday’s victory not only stretched the Wave’s winning streak, it actually matched the most wins by a Greenfield team since 2008, when the Wave went 4-11-2. Greenfield (4-1-0) is well on its way to matching the team’s 8-4-4 record in 2003, which is the last time Greenfield won more than four games in a season and the last time the Wave qualified for the postseason. Since 2000, Greenfield soccer has won more than four games just twice, in 2002 (seven wins) and 2003. 

“They are staying positive and focused,” Greenfield coach Tina Riddell began. “We we have our break, we talk about things we need to work on and the things that are going well. They don’t want to be that losing team anymore. I’ve been telling them to take it one game at a time. You work hard for that game, and when the result happens, you move forward.”

The lone goal of the game came after Greenfield was pressuring in the McCann Tech box. Sophomore striker Victoria Marin took a shot that deflected off a Hornets’ defender, but Marin was able to get the ball back and touched a pass over to Shamrock, who fired it into the top right corner of the goal past McCann Tech goalie Savannah Reynolds 24:46 into the game. The teams played the rest of the game scoreless, although McCann nearly tied the game in the final minute when Greenfield goalie Dina Samake made a save and defenseman Ava Pruitt-Dahl cleared the ball away from the front of the net and an onrushing McCann forward.

“My defense is playing really strong right now,” Riddell said. “Kacia Kinsmith and Kaitlin Lavoine are my center backs and if anything gets by my outside backs, they are cleaning it up.”

Samake stopped six shots to earn the shutout. 

Greenfield travels to Smith Voke on Tuesday.

Mahar 5, Hopkins 1 — Delaney Parker scored a pair of goals on Wednesday and Mahar defeated Hopkins, 5-1, in a Pioneer North game in Hadley.

The Senators led 2-0 at halftime. Parker scored an unassisted goal with 15 minutes to play in the first half, and Jazmyn Vautour scored on an assist from Jeanne Grutchfield with 20 seconds to play in the half. Mahar coach Chad Softic said his team was fortunate to have the halftime lead following a dismal first-half performance.

“It was certainly not the start we wanted,” he began. “We were flat and fortunate to be up 2-0 at the half. I really like our second half. We were winning every contested ball and the soccer IQ was much better. Micalyn Mailloux had her best game of the season and gave us a spark offensively, which we are going to need.”

Mailloux scored six minutes into the second half on an assist from Mollie Burke, and she then set up Parker for her second with 28 minutes to play as the Senators doubled their lead. Tori Tenney completed the scoring for Mahar on an assist from Isabella Zani with 20 minutes left.

Jordan Labrecque scored with 12 seconds to play to break up the shutout bid by Mahar goalie Marie Nottleson who finished with two saves. Megan Jolly made 13 saves in the Hopkins goal.

Smith Academy 5, Mohawk 0 — Maggie Hession scored once in each half and Smith Academy defeated Mohawk, 5-0, in Pioneer South action Wednesday in Buckland.

The Falcons (3-1-0) led 3-0 at halftime. Story Goldman and Emma Moynihan each scored in the first half, while Keene Jeffress notched one in the second half. Madelyn Bell made five saves for the shutout.

Amalie Rowehl finished with five saves in the Mohawk (1-3-1) net.

Pathfinder 3, FC Tech 1 — Cordelia Hageman scored once in each half and Pathfinder defeated Franklin Tech, 3-1, in a Tri-County League game Wednesday in Turners Falls.

Hageman scored in the ninth minute on an assist from Skylee McQuaid and McQuaid scored one minute later to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead. Hageman made it 3-0 seven minutes into the second half, and Franklin Tech broke up the shutout bid by Pathfinder goalie Mackayla Weldon (five saves) with one minute to play when Jenna Thebeau took a corner kick and passed it to Odalis Ramirez-Martin who buried it for the lone Franklin Tech goal.

Emily Merritt made five saves in the loss.

Boys soccer

Athol 6, Hopkins 2 — A four-goal outburst in the first 13 minutes of the second half sent Athol to a 6-2 victory over Hopkins in a Schmid Division boys soccer game Wednedsay night in Athol.

The Red Raiders (4-1-0) led 2-1 at the break but took command of the game after the break. Bryce King hit a rocket from 25 yards out that found the back of the net one minute into the second half on an assist from Dilan Fountain, and three minutes later King struck again, this time on an assist from Logan Kirwan. 

“That first goal really unlocked the second half for us,” Athol coach Dave King said. “We played with a lot of energy. We were playing without our starting center back (Colby Soltysik) and we lost our starting defensive mid (Noah Austikaitis) with 10 minutes to play in the first half. So we were missing two starters and we challenged them at half to step up for their teammates.”

After a Hopkins player got sent off with a red card, Athol put the game away. Angel Rivera and Parker Deleo, who had each scored in the first half, scored in the 50th and 53rd minutes respectively to put the hosts up 6-1. King assisted on Rivera’s goal to give him a three-point effort in the win. Casey Mason made five saves to earn the win.

Jack Feltovic stopped nine shots in the loss.

 

Girls soccer

Pathfinder 3, FC Tech 1

Pathfinder

2

1

3

FC Tech

0

1

1

Goals: (P) Hageman 2, McQuaid. (FT) Ramirez-Martin.

Assists: (P) McQuaid. (FT) Thebeau.

Shots: Pathfinder 10. FC Tech 6.

Saves: (P) Weldon 5. (FT) Merritt 5.

Mahar 5, Hopkins 1

Mahar

0

0

0

Hopkins

0

0

0

Goals: (M) Parker 2, Mailloux, Vautour, Tenney. (H) Labrecque.

Assists: (M) Grutchfield, Burke, Mailloux, Zani. (H) Farnham.

Shots: Mahar 28. Hopkins 7.

Saves: (M) Nottleson 2. (H) Jolly 7.

Greenfield 1, McCann Tech 0

McCann Tech

0

0

0

Greenfield

1

0

1

Goals: (G) Shamrock.

Assists: (G) Marin.

Shots: McCann Tech 9. Greenfield 16.

Saves: (MT) Reynolds 15. (G) Samake 6.

Smith Academy 5, Mohawk 0

Smith Academy

3

2

5

Mohawk

0

0

0

Goals: (SA) Goldman, Moynihan, Hession 2, Jeffress.

Assists: (SA) Vannah, Gilrain.

Shots: Smith Academy 10. Mohawk 5.

Saves: (SA) Ma. Bell 5. (M) Rowehl 5.

Boys soccer

 Athol 6, Hopkins 2

Hopkins

1

1

2

Athol

2

4

6

Goals: (H) Pierce, Phifer. (A) King 2, Deleo 2, Rivera 2.

Assists: (H) Kucinski, Ciaglo. (A) Bousquet, Fountain, Kirwan, King.

Shots: Hopkins 9. Athol 16.

Saves: (H) Feltovic 9. (A) Mason 5.




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