Girls soccer: Mia Corish’s early goal sends Belchertown past South Hadley, 1-0

Staff Intern
Published: 10/20/2021 1:22:34 AM

BELCHERTOWN – It took less than a minute for the Belchertown girls soccer team to build a lead Tuesday night. Somehow, that quick strike was all the offense either team could muster.

The Orioles went on to beat South Hadley, 1-0, in a battle of two of the top girls soccer programs in Western Massachusets.

“I think we just came out, made a couple good passes, ended up finishing the ball we needed and then we settled in,” said Belchertown head coach Kyle Thibeault. “I think our mental preparedness right off the bat helped us to a start strong.”

A string of really good passes right out of the gate led to the opening goal. The ball landed to the feet of Belchertown’s Madysen LePage. As LePage scanned the entire field, she caught sight of a gliding right wing, Mia Corish. LePage lofted the ball over the defense by switching to the right side of the field. As the ball looked like it was headed to the right corner flag, Corish caught up to it and was ready to launch. She moved further past the defense and while moving from the right corner she sailed a ball over the goalkeeper’s head and into the side netting of the goal.

The lone goal was one that even surprised Corish. The shot came from a tough angle, but she didn’t hesitate in the slightest.

“I was not expecting that to be honest,” Corish said. “I was shocked.”

After taking the early lead, the Orioles help possession for the majority of the game. They finished with 18 total shots on goal whereas the Tigers managed four shots on goal. With the few opportunities the Tigers had, the Orioles made sure to close it down.

“We battled. We had a couple opportunities, they did as well. I thought we did well defensively to shut down up top,” Thibeault said. 

The Tigers attacking forwards made strides toward the goal, but Orioles keeper Jillian Debarge locked things down.

Belchertown, which tied Minnechaug 3-3 on Monday, was looking to get back in the win column and keep its unbeaten season rolling.

“Between [both] of these games, these prepare you the most for the tournaments coming up,” Thibeault said. 

With the win on Tuesday night, Belchertown extends its record to 11-0-4 and drops South Hadley to 10-4-1 on the season. 




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