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Belchertown girls clobber Greylock in Division 2 semis

  • Belchertown's Natalie Caney pushes the ball ahead of opponent Mount Greylock's Alexa Adams in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

    Belchertown's Natalie Caney pushes the ball ahead of opponent Mount Greylock's Alexa Adams in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.
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  • Belchertown's Breanne Moreau rises above her Mount Greylock opponents in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

    Belchertown's Breanne Moreau rises above her Mount Greylock opponents in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.
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  • Belchertown's Breanne Moreau rises above her Mount Greylock opponents in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

    Belchertown's Breanne Moreau rises above her Mount Greylock opponents in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.
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  • Belchertown's Tea Spellacy pushes the ball ahead of opponent Mount Greylock's Allison Shand in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

    Belchertown's Tea Spellacy pushes the ball ahead of opponent Mount Greylock's Allison Shand in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.
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  • Belchertown's Natalie Caney pushes the ball ahead of opponent Mount Greylock's Alexa Adams in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS
  • Belchertown's Breanne Moreau rises above her Mount Greylock opponents in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS
  • Belchertown's Breanne Moreau rises above her Mount Greylock opponents in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS
  • Belchertown's Tea Spellacy pushes the ball ahead of opponent Mount Greylock's Allison Shand in their semi final matchup at Northampton High School Friday.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

NORTHAMPTON — For the first 30 minutes of Friday night’s Western Massachusetts Division 2 girls soccer semifinal, Mount Greylock goalkeeper Margot Besnard single-handedly kept Belchertown off the scoreboard.

Over the next 50 minutes, however, there was nothing Besnard or any other keeper could have done to stop the juggernaut Orioles, who steamrolled to a 6-0 victory at Northampton High School.

Besnard made 26 saves, including 14 in the first half. But once Belchertown broke through, it scored six times in a span of 38 minutes.

“We’re two teams that don’t see each other much, so there was a period of feeling each other out for the first 10 minutes or so,” Belchertown coach Chris Mogavero said. “We had some great chances, but (Besnard) made some tremendous saves. She was awesome, but once we got the first goal we loosened up and became more energized. The girls kept their heads well and didn’t get frustrated.”

The Moreau twins combined for five points on the evening. Brittany Moreau had a goal and two assists, while Breanne Moreau tallied twice.

“That goalie is so good, but we just had to keep shooting and eventually good things would happen,” Brittany Moreau said. “We played really well on the ground, and just needed to keep going at it. We feel if we keep pressuring, it’s difficult for teams to keep up with us.”

No. 1 Belchertown (18-0-2) will seek its third consecutive sectional title Sunday at noon, when the Orioles take on fellow unbeaten No. 2 Monson (18-0-2) at Westfield State University. The Mustangs defeated No. 3 Southwick 2-0 in Friday’s other semifinal.

The Orioles had reached double-digit shots before finally capitalizing with 9:22 remaining in the half, as Natalie Caney took a cross from the left and blasted it for a 1-0 advantage. Just 2:21 later, Christina Delude made a run up the right, then crossed to Brittany Moreau in the middle, who one-timed the shot past Besnard for a 2-0 lead.

“We worked on some specific passing plays in practice, and we knew where to go with the ball” Friday, Brittany Moreau said. “On my goal, Christina gave me a great ball. It bounced before it got to me, so I decided to just loft it into the left-hand corner.”

In the second half, Jackie Soucia headed one home off a perfect corner from Brittany Moreau, while Téa Spellacy added the final tally. Delude assisted twice, with one apiece for Mackenzie Yelle and Alaina Swift.

“We had great ball movement the whole game,” Mogavero said. “This particular field is a little better than our own field. It’s a little wider, gives us more room to play. We spaced out the field effectively and played with great chemistry.”

The Orioles did allow their first shot on goal in the tournament, as Sarah LaClair made a save in the second half. Ashley Cavanaugh, who came in with about 25 minutes left, preserved the shutout when she came out aggressively to take the ball away from the Mounties’ Charlotte Rand with just under 10 minutes to play.

Sunday’s final is a rematch from two years ago which Belchertown won 1-0. The Orioles defeated Wahconah Regional 4-0 for the crown last season.

“It’s a rematch of the game my freshman year, so that’s exciting,” said Brittany Moreau. Monson “graduated some players since that game two years ago, but they still have Brooke Murphy and Maddie Ashley, so it should be a really good game. We’ll have to play our best.”

Michael Wilkinson can be reached at mwilkinson@gazettenet.com.

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