Soccer: Wahconah’s second-half dooms Wave

  • Greenfield Goalie Alex Carballo dives for a save against Wahconah in the second half of the host Green Wave’s 5-1 loss Wednesday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield goalie Alex Carballo jumps up for a save on an incoming corner kick from Wahconah in the first half Wednesday in Greenfield. Wahconah captured a 5-1 win. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Ricardo Romero (10) lunges to save a ball from going out of bounds in the first half of his team’s 5-1 loss to Wahconah Wednesday. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield Goalie Alex Carballo blocks a shot from Wahconah's Ethan Wesley (3) in the second half Wednesday in Greenfield. Visiting Wahconah captured a 5-1 win. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Alejandro Diaz (7) makes a cutback move on Wahconah's Donovan Keegan (17) in the second half of the Green Wave’s 5-1 loss Wednesday in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 10/17/2018 9:48:49 PM

Kevin Huban registered a hat trick, and visiting Wahconah Regional High School broke open a close game at halftime with three goals in the second half to capture a 5-1 victory over Greenfield High School in an independent boys soccer game played Wednesday in Greenfield.

Wahconah (2-7-1) led 2-0 just before halftime, but Greenfield cut the deficit in half when Henry Zwart buried a goal with an assist from Anjou Kang-Stryker to send the Green Wave into intermission trailing just 2-1. It was the first goal of the season for Zwart.

Greenfield (1-10) was unable to get the equalizer however, and the Warriors put three in the back of the net after the break with Huban tallying twice and Ethan Wesley also scoring. Trey Massaro had a first-half strike in addition to the first of the day for Huban.

Greenfield finished with 15 shots in the game, and its goalkeeper, Alex Carballo recorded 11 saves.

The Green Wave host their Senior Night tonight at 6 when South Hadley comes to town for an independent game under the lights at Vets Field.

Monument Mountain 2, Mahar 0 — Challenging his team during the independent portion of the schedule was a point of emphasis for Mahar coach Dan Guertin. Wednesday’s trip to Great Barrington and a matchup with a perennially strong Monument Mountain side didn’t yield a victory, but Guertin hopes the 2-0 defeat will pay dividends come postseason time.

“It was definitely a good challenge,” Guertin said of Wednesday’s game with the Spartans. “It’s good to have the harder independents on our schedule. We’ve been trying to do that as much as we can.”

Nate Powell and Nick Huertas scored the goals for Monument Mountain (9-3-1), which outshot Mahar by a 10-1 margin.

Logan Dodge made four saves in net for the Senators (8-5-2) while Ethan Williams came on in relief to also record four saves.

Mahar is back in McGrath Division play Tuesday with a road trip to Sabis.

Pioneer 8, Duggan 0 — After an impressive march to the WMass Div. 4 semifinal a year ago, the Pioneer boys soccer team officially punched its return ticket to the postseason on Wednesday.

On the road at Duggan Academy, the visiting Panthers cruised to an 8-0 independent victory to earn its spot into the tourney.

Eight different players scored goals in the win for Pioneer (7-3-2), as Garrett Cote, Noah Keith, Jack Loud, Felix Pruitt-Dahl, Trey Fraser, Jason Quinn, Ryan Underwood and Ben Taylor all tallied. Cote, Jack Loud, Fraser, Pruitt-Dahl and Peter Loud notched assists, as the Panthers scored just three minutes into the game on a goal from Cote, took a 4-0 halftime lead, and never looked back.

The goalkeeping trio of Underwood, Cote and Jacob Quinn combined to make four saves in the Pioneer net.

Duggan keeper Brandon Bates made nine saves.

The Panthers head home to play a Friday night game under the lights in Northfield against Greenfield at 6.

Girls soccer

Easthampton 1, Frontier 0 — Celi Sumba scored the game’s lone goal in the 32nd minute, and visiting Easthampton clipped Frontier, 1-0, in Pioneer North girls soccer action Wednesday at Herlihy Field in Whately.

“Easthampton dominated the first half, beat us to every ball,” Frontier coach Phil Pittelli said. “The second half was all us, we just couldn’t find the net.”

Frontier (8-5-1, 5-4) outshot Easthampton by a 14-6 margin, with goalkeeper Siomara Green making three saves. 

The Red Hawks, which beat Athol Tuesday night, continue their three games in three days stretch today when they host Gateway.

Pioneer 1, McCann Tech 1 — A trip to North Adams yielded the third consecutive result for Pioneer on Wednesday. The Panthers overcame an early deficit to salvage a 1-1 draw with McCann Tech in a Pioneer South girls soccer game.

The Hornets struck first, as Brooke O’Neil was the beneficiary of a failed clearance and her deflection staked the hosts to a 1-0 advantage in the 10th minute.

Pioneer (3-5-4, 2-4-2) struck for the equalizer just six minutes later, when Paige Loughman fed Azemina Cecunjanin for her third goal of the season and second in as many contests.

The Panthers dominated statistically but were unable to score the game-winner. The visitors had 34 shots, and their goalkeeper, Leah Fuess, finished with nine saves.


Wahconah 5, Greenfield 1









Goals: (W) Huban 3, Massero, Wesley. (G) Zwart.

Assists: (W) Wesley, Eberwein, Keegan, Lennon. (G) Kang-Stryker.

Shots: Wahconah 16. Greenfield 15.

Saves: (W) Brogan 9. (G) Carballo 11.

Monument Mt. 2. Mahar 0









Goals: (MM) Powell, Huertas.

Assists: (MM) Lacombe.

Shots: Mahar 1. Monument 10.

Saves: (Ma) Dodge 4, Williams 4. (MM) Blanchard 1.

Pioneer 8, Duggan 0









Goals: (P) Cote, Keith, J. Loud, Pruitt-Dalh, Fraser, Quinn, Underwood, Taylor.

Assists: (P) J. Loud, Pruitt-Dahl, P. Loud, Fraser, Cote..

Shots: Pioneer 0. Duggan 0.

Saves: (P) Underwood 1, Cote 2, Quinn 1. (D) Bates 9.


Easthampton 1, Frontier 0









Goals: (E) Sumba.

Assists: (E) Marowitz.

Shots: Easthampton 6. Frontier 14.

Saves: (E) Coleman 5. (F) Green 3.

Pioneer 1, McCann Tech 1





McCann Tech




Goals: (P) Az. Cecunjanin. (MT) O’Neil.

Assists: (P) Loughman.

Shots: Pioneer 34. McCann 10.

Saves: (P) Fuess 9. (MT) Reynolds 24.

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