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Hopkins Academy girls soccer holds off Easthampton, 2-1

  • Frances Powers, left, of Easthampton, and Allison Kowal-Safron, of Hopkins Academy, try to win possession, Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Frances Powers, left, of Easthampton, scores on Hopkins Academy goalie Gabby Palmisano, Wednesday in Easthampton. Other Hopkins defenders are, from left, Isabel Flynn, Hannah Berard and Juliette Cook. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Bella Scalabrini, right, of Easthampton, gets control of a pass in front of Rory Flynn, of Hopkins Academy, Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Emma Blomstrom, left, of Easthampton, and Marlee Higgins, of Hopkins Academy, go to the ball Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Emma Blomstrom, left, of Easthampton, and Lauren Copeland, of Hopkins Academy, try to win possession Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hopkins Academy players Isabel Flynn, from left, Juliette Cook, Leah Picard and Kasey Earle celebrate Cook's goal against Easthampton, Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Margaret Michalak, right, of Hopkins Academy, passes against Malia Sands, of Easthampton, Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Frances Powers, left, of Easthampton, moves the ball against Allison Kowal-Safron, of Hopkins Academy, Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kasi Marowitz, left, of Easthampton, moves the ball against Isabel Flynn, of Hopkins Academy, Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Juliette Cook, right, of Hopkins Academy, and Tierney Boyle, of Easthampton, eye and incoming pass Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Juliette Cook, right, of Hopkins Academy, moves the ball against Rachel Sawan, of Easthampton, Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Frances Powers, right, of Easthampton, moves the ball against Hannah Berard, of Hopkins Academy, Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hopkins academy goalie Gabby Palmisano makes a save during her team's 2-1 win against Easthampton, Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Leah Picard, left, of Hopkins Academy, and Rosie Pagnoni, of Easthampton, vie for the ball Wednesday in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS



For the Gazette
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

EASTHAMPTON — Hannah Berard saw it coming. So the senior captain called to her partner on Hopkins Academy’s back line, Margaret Michalak, and told her to switch across the field for the play. A moment later, Easthampton threw the ball in and Michalak rose above the fray to head it clear. Just like Berard drew it up.

“Hannah is my two-year captain,” Hopkins coach Lyndsey Roberts said. “It’s helpful to have a second set of eyes on the field. She’s really good with the girls and she’s not afraid to be vocal which is awesome.”

Berard led the Golden Hawks to a 2-1 victory over Easthampton at Nonotuck Park. All three goals were scored in the first half, but Berard’s leadership was in demand in the closing stages as the Eagles pushed for an equalizer.

Easthampton (5-6-2, 2-4-2 Pioneer North) started the match brightly and capitalized on a period of sustained pressure in the Hopkins half. In the sixth minute, an Eagles corner kick came flying into the box and Jaquy Perez was first to the ball. Perez flicked a header to the back post where Frances Powers waited. Powers squeezed the ball through a tangle of defenders and over the line.

The scoreboard didn’t read 1-0 for long. Hopkins (7-3-2, 4-1-2 Pioneer North) took the kickoff on the restart, drove down the field and won a corner kick of its own. The ball from the flag arrived at pace and bounced around inside the area before squirting loose to the back post. Juliette Cook was unmarked as she slid the ball past the keeper to equalize 1-1.

Berard, who picked up an assist on the play, was involved again soon after as she picked up possession at center back and drove down the left wing. She beat a defender and curled in a cross, but Easthampton keeper Lily Pioli sprung off her line and confidently grabbed the ball as Hopkins closed in.

The Golden Hawks were relaxed in possession and moved the ball well on the ground. They pressed high on the Eagles’ defense and then, with 18 minutes left in the first half, made the breakthrough.

Samantha Jenks nicked the ball off the Easthampton center back, took a touch and delivered a perfectly weighted ball across the face of goal into the path of Marykate Farnham. Farnham calmly slotted the eventual game-winner as Hopkins led 2-1 going into halftime.

Hopkins had a chance early in the second half after Cook won the ball on the midfield line with a firm tackle. She played a quick one-two with Farnham that sent Cook charging down the left sideline. She raced to near the corner flag and swung in a cross that glanced off a defender’s head, but the deflection found the side netting wide of the post.

As the second half went on Easthampton grew into the game. Powers was strong up front for the Eagles, darting back into the midfield to get her feet on the ball and then driving at the Hopkins defense. With 18 minutes remaining, Powers knocked an opponent off the ball with a firm shoulder then turned and dribbled down the right wing. Powers left two defenders behind, watching as she sent a cross into the box. It made its way to Kasi Marowitz but her shot was gathered up by Hopkins keeper Gabby Palmisano.

Easthampton kept the pressure on and called timeout with nine minutes left, still trailing by a goal.

“We get a little fatigued so a little rest never hurts,” Easthampton coach Brian Miller said. “We moved Francis forward onto their sweeper to try and get some early through balls and put more pressure on their sweeper. It seemed to work.”

Easthampton turned it up coming out of the timeout and came a fingertip away from tying the match. Waverly Kanelong found a yard of space inside the Hopkins box and fired a shot that was headed into the bottom-corner. But Palmisano was there to deny the Eagles their equalizer. The Hopkins keeper dove to her left and parried the shot away. A defender cleared the ball and the Golden Hawks survived.

“A lot of pressure at the end. Easthampton did a great job playing the full 80 minutes and pressing us to the very end,” Roberts said. “They had some fire there that I was very worried about, but we were able to pull it together.”