Friday, December 06, 2013
Holyoke Catholic girls soccer coach Mallary Blair learned quite a bit winning championships at Gateway Regional under Steve Estelle.
One rule: Play to the end.
Kylee Windyka’s strike from 30 yards out with three minutes left proved to be the difference as the eighth-seeded Gaels beat No. 9 Lee 2-0 in a Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament first-round game at Rivers Park in Chicopee, Friday.
Lee (5-12-2) scored with 55 seconds left.
“It is the last couple minutes that are important,” Blair said. “You can’t count your chickens before they hatch.”
Freshman Adelina Martins scored 23 minutes into the first half with an assist from Mary Roberge. Katie Klejna made one save in the win.
The Gaels (9-6-4) will play at No. 1 Monson (14-2-2) at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Friday’s victory was Holyoke Catholic’s first tournament win since a 2-0 shutout of Mahar in the first round of the 2004 Division 3 tournament. That postseason appearance snapped an eight-year tournament drought for the Gaels. Catholic didn’t make the postseason from 2005-2011.
Winning a postseason game “is super exciting,” Blair said. “They’re a good group of girls and we’ve had some rough losses in the past week. They really needed this. It was great.”
Gateway Regional 2, Greenfield 0 — The fourth-seeded Gators (13-4-2) broke out in the second half to ease into the quarterfinal round of the Division 4 tournament with the win in Huntington.
Josh Baillargeon scored from Sam Bean 11:32 into the second, and Calvin Dowers scored from Denver Yost at 37:30 for Gateway.
Mike Arel made three saves in the shutout.
“Greenfield came out prepared,” Gateway coach Tim Gamble said. “It was a good, physical first half. We had some opportunities.”
Gateway will host No. 5 Smith Academy (10-6-3) at 6 p.m. Monday. Smith beat No. 12 Lee 5-1.
Lenox 3, Holyoke Catholic 1 — John O’Hara scored from John Hannoush to tie the game nine minutes into the second half, but the Millionairs responded in the 70th minute to advance to the Division 4 tournament quarterfinal round.
Lenox added a third tally with one minute left.
“I couldn’t ask anything more from our guys,” Catholic coach Tom Stelzer said. “We played without two starters then lost a starter in the first half. We hung in there.”
Tom Heavren made 10 saves for the 11th-seeded Gaels (9-8-2).
It was the final game for seniors O’Hara, Ryan Lukomski, Hannoush, Tom Hannoush, Brendan Lavallee, Adam Provost and Connor Brosnan.