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Division 1 girls soccer: Belchertown pulls away from Longmeadow, moves to semifinals

The top-seeded Belchertown girls soccer team is used to teams packing it in on defense.

Longmeadow did it. So did Westfield, Minnechaug, Northampton, Agawam and West Springfield, all to varying to degrees and success.

Longmeadow used the same strategy against Belchertown in their Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament quarterfinal matchup Tuesday. Like all the previous attempts, the Orioles eventually broke through and won, this time 3-0.

“They packed it in and played a lot of defense,” Belchertown coach Chris Mogavero said. “We were kind of chipping away, chipping away.”

Brittany Moreau scored from twin sister Breanne 16 minutes into the first half for a 1-0 lead.

Jillian Cavanaugh scored unassisted from about 30 yards out 15 minutes into the second half for a 2-0 lead.

Five minutes later, Bryanna Veroneau scored from Téa Spellacy for a 3-0 edge.

“We’ve seen more teams sitting in on us this year than last,” Mogavero said. “We’ve had to work for our goals. We created a lot of chances, but rather than chances 5 to 10 yards out they’re 15-20 yards out and that makes a difference.”

Sarah LaClair made three saves in the shutout.

Belchertown will play No. 5 Pittsfield (16-3-1) at a time, date and place yet to be determined. Pittsfield beat No. 4 Chicopee 5-0.

“It’s good that is was competitive,” Mogavero said of his quarterfinal win. “It was close throughout. We had to work for everything.”

Brittany Famiglietti made 15 saves for Longmeadow (6-9-3).

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