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FC Storm fall to Xtremes in PVSSL women’s soccer final

Mel Stier scored a goal for FC Storm in Friday evening’s Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League Women’s Division Final, but Xtremes earned a 3-1 victory and the title at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow.

This marked the third consecutive summer that FC Storm reached the final, which it won in 2012.

“It was a good game, a well-played game by both teams,” FC Storm coach Dave Stier said. “Their speed was a little too much for us to handle, but we gave it our best. Xtremes definitely deserved to win.”

Mel Stier, the former Frontier Regional star and current player for Amherst College, gave FC Storm the early advantage in the first 10 minutes.

But Xtremes, based out of East Longmeadow, scored three times late in the first half and made its two-goal advantage stand up.

“We gave up a couple of tough goals, then we played a lot better in the second half,” Dave Stier said. “We finally put things together after halftime but none of our chances went in.”

Girls Swimming

Erin Voss, 15, of Northampton, missed the YMCA record in the women’s 200-meter backstroke by about half-a-second with a winning time of 2:15.98 at the YMCA Long Course National Championships at Georgia Tech in Atlanta Thursday. Voss competes for Greater Holyoke.

Voss, Jessica Harper of Easthampton, Colleen Humel of Chicopee and Meriza Werenski of South Hadley placed third in the 800 free relay in 8:35.50 Thursday.

Voss, Werenski, Kristyn Popowski, of Holyoke Catholic and Harper placed eighth in 4:25.4 in the 400 free relay Friday.


The girls cross country honorable mention team, which ran July 25, did not include Hope MacDonald, of Hampshire Regional. MacDonald just finished her sophomore season.

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