Boys soccer: Hampshire Regional’s Aidan Miklasiewicz enjoys the support after recording 100th career point

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Staff Writer 

Published: 09-19-2023 7:48 PM

Aidan Miklasiewicz didn’t waste any time writing his name in Hampshire Regional’s history books on Monday night.

The senior notched Hampshire’s first goal in the Raiders’ matchup against Agawam, scoring in dramatic fashion on a penalty kick in the first five minutes of the contest to secure his 100th career point.

“I just stepped up to the spot and put the ball down, took a couple deep breaths, tried to calm myself down because it’s nerve-wracking trying to get 100 points, it’s stressful,” Miklasiewicz. “I ran up, went right and just put into the (lower) corner – the goalie dove the right way, he just missed it.”

The nerves went away as soon as Miklasiewicz scored; his teammates rushed into the corner of the field to celebrate with him as fans cheered from the sidelines. Head coach Dan Moynahan called a timeout immediately after for Miklasiewicz’s parents to come on the field for a photo op.

“It was exciting. But it's a weird feeling because most games you’re playing just to win, but this one you’re playing to win and trying to get this record, which is a pretty unique situation,” Miklasiewicz said. “There's a bunch of people who were there with posters and stuff like that. Lots of hugs, lots of celebration. It was nice to have a lot of support there.” 

The 100-point milestone has been on Miklasiewicz’s mind for a while. He hoped that he could reach it, but to actually accomplish the feat was rewarding for the senior. 

“The 100 points has been in my eyes for a little while. I never really expected to get to it, but it’s always nice to get up to that point,” Miklasiewicz said. “I just want to thank all my teammates. It's hard to do that without great teammates behind you… they’re great and they've helped me out a lot. I want to thank coach for always being there for me, supporting me and obviously my parents and family, too.”

Hannah Bevis can be reached at hbevis@gazettenet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Hannah_Bevis1.]]>

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