Friday’s high schools: Smith Academy, Northampton, Easthampton punch postseason tickets
A trio of local teams won their ninth games of the season Friday afternoon to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Tournament.
The Smith Academy girls soccer team defeated Mahar Regional 1-0 at home to clinch a Division 3 berth.
The Northampton field hockey squad won a 3-1 home decision over Cathedral to secure a spot in the Division 1 field.
Also qualifying for the Division 3 tourney was the Easthampton girls volleyball team, a 3-0 winner at home over Dean Tech.
Smith Academy 1, Mahar 0 — Mollie Higgins converted an Olivia Hanson pass in the game’s first minutes and the Falcons (9-1, 7-0 Franklin) held on from there in Hatfield.
Brooke Pashek made three saves for Smith for her second straight shutout and her sixth this season.
Amherst 1, West Springfield 0 — Lucy Salwen’s blast in the 55th minute from the top of the 18 was the difference for the Hurricanes (3-6-2) at home.
Angela Zhu set up the play, winning a 50-50 ball and finding Salwen, who beat two defenders at the top of the box before unleashing a screamer into the bottom corner.
The back line of Zoe Freedman-Coleman, Sophia Marciano, Syry Mitchell and Hattie Karlstrom Wilder played well in front of goalkeeper Sarah Grace Spurgin (11 saves).
In Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Ludlow, Rebecca Carkhuff made eight saves for the Hurricanes. The goalie for Amherst was incorrectly reported in Friday’s Gazette.
Granby 3, Palmer 1 — Kiley Baran scored two goals and Rachel Mick added one as the Rams (10-0-1) remained unbeaten with the win at home.
Tara Mikalchus and Alex White each had one assist, while Brittany Hauschild made six saves in the win.
Hopkins Academy 5, Greenfield 0 — Mary Cook scored three goals, while Mikaela Momot (assist) and Kayla Jacque each had one as the Golden Hawks (4-5-1) won at home.
Kaci Kokoski, Jera Barrett, Kate Sullivan and Kirsten Cook each had one assist. Amanda Olson made three saves in the shutout.
Hampshire 2, Sabis 2 — Anna Dziok and Michelle Nardi each scored, while Brianna Weltlich made two saves as the Raiders (5-5-1) earned the tie in Springfield.
Nardi’s goal came off a corner kick.
South Hadley 1, Southwick 1 — Nicole Casolari scored off a corner kick, and Abby Lukasik and Alexis Gawron combined for seven saves as the Tigers (2-6-2) earned the tie at home.
Rachel Harrington and GiGi Thibault played well defensively for South Hadley.
Northampton 3, Cathedral 1 — Olivia Cotton set up Emily Alcroft for two first-half goals as Hamp (9-1) won at home.
Emily Biggs had the other goal for the Blue Devils, while Mary Greco made one save.
Smith Academy 4, Minnechaug 2 — Danielle Duseau had a goal and an assist as Smith (5-2-3) knocked off another Falcons squad at home.
Lauren Grondin, Emiko Barker and Kelly Ryan also scored goal for Smith, while Jen Adamites was credited with an assist.
Lauren Bradford made 10 saves in the win.
South Hadley 3, Sabis 0 — Ryan Dickinson recorded his second hat trick in as many days as the Tigers (7-2-2) cruised at home.
Dickinson has 14 goals and five assists over the Tigers’ current six-game winning streak.
Nate Flachs, Dimitri Kastrinakis and Mike Paleologopoulos each had one assist, while Eric Maryea made three saves.
Hopkins Academy 2, Greenfield 0 — Paul Delamy had one goal and one assist, and Evan Delaney added one goal as the Golden Hawks (8-1-0) pulled within a win of qualifying for the postseason with the victory in Greenfield.
Goalie Ben Pitta (four saves) assisted Delamy’s goal. It was Pitta’s second assist on the season.
Gateway Regional 3, Mahar Regional 1 — The Gators (4-3-3) put in three second-half goals to pick up the win in Orange.
Calvin Dowers scored twice, which Justin Edinger tallied once for Gateway. Ryan Fisk and Curtis Dowers notched an assist apiece.
Mike Arel stopped five shots in the win.
Easthampton 3, Dean Tech 0 — Elizabeth Whitney had eight kills and four assists, while Rachena Nhem added six kills and seven assists as the Eagles (9-2) qualified for the postseason for the fifth straight season.
Mary Gyeidu had two kills and four assists in the 25-3, 25-4, 25-17 win.
South Hadley 3, Commerce 1 — Courtney Marcil had five aces and five assists as the Tigers (6-3) won a close match 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-11 in Springfield.
Maddie Kelleher added five aces and six kills for South Hadley.
Belchertown 3, Turners Falls 0 — The Orioles (5-6) took all three competitive games at home, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21.
Brianna Melanson led Belchertown with five kills and three aces. Kayla McGrath had five kills, while Selena Huber added two assists and an ace.