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HS soccer: South Hadley finds postseason for first time since 2012



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Liam Joy and Max McCurdy each had a goal and an assist, and the South Hadley boys soccer team beat Renaissance, 3-2, on Wednesday to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2012.

“Now the pressure’s off us,” South Hadley coach Eric Casonguay said. “We can focus on playing our best soccer.”

Tyler Evans also scored, while Declan Joy added an assist for the Tigers (8-2-2, 6-1-1 Schmid).

South Hadley led 2-0 at the half and 3-0 before Castonguay rotated in bench players. Renaissance scored two straight goals, and South Hadley had to put its starters back in.

Clayton Koppi made two saves in the first half, and Xavier Butzer stopped two shots in the second.

Ludlow 1, Northampton 0 — The Blue Devils (2-9-1) played well defensively in limiting the Lions (10-0-1) at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow.

“We’ve been playing a lot of high-stake games and the guys were sharp,” Hamp coach Brian Brown said. “They were ready tonight.”

Jarrett Borer made a season-high 22 saves, while Jonathan Marshall and Paul Erikson played well in front of him.

Ludlow scored in the 26th minute of the first half.

Easthampton 2, Westfield Tech 0 — The battle of unbeatens went to the Eagles (11-0), who scored twice in the first half to knock off the Tigers (9-1) at Nonotuck Park.

Tyler Karakula and Anthony Soucy each scored off assists from Nic Soucy.

Joe Brough made one save in the win. All 22 Easthampton players saw time on the pitch.

Smith Vocational 7, St. Mary 2 — Smith Vocational scored five second-half goals to break a halftime deadlock and triumph at home.

Jacob Rafus scored a goal in each half for the Vikings and Anthony Palazzi added four second-half assists. Bruce Belunius, Orien Blake, Tyrese Cordova, Zachary Lachance and Garvin Thomas also scored for Smith Vocational.

Hampshire Regional 3, Chicopee 0 — Justin Szwajkowski scored twice in the first half to lift the Raiders at home.

Mike McColgan opened the scoring and also added an assist on Szwajkowski’s second goal. Colin Boyle made seven saves to secure the clean sheet.

Pope Francis 6, Frontier 1 — Ben Morse scored in the 11th minute for the Red Hawks (5-3-2). Pope Francis answered with two more before halftime to take a 4-1 lead.

Girls soccer

Ludlow 2, Northampton 0 — Sydney Lewandowski made four saves, as the Blue Devils (4-6-2) fell on the road.