Hampshire Regional’s Maggie Rubeck nets hat trick in finale against 2019 state finalist Westfield

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  • Hampshire Regional senior captain Maggie Rubeck settles a pass from Brianne Salomao (not pictured) with her waist before scoring on Westfield goalkeeper Morgan Fillion, center, to put the Red Raiders on the board in the second quarter of their 5-3 loss to the visiting Bombers at Michael Dorunda Field on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hampshire Regional players, seniors Katelynn Dunn, left, and Maddie Pond (22) and sophomore Riley Shaughnessy (7) celebrate a goal by senior captain Maggie Rubeck, seated center, on Westfield keeper Morgan Fillion, right, in the second quarter of the Red Raiders’ 5-3 loss to the Bombers at Michael Dorunda Field, Friday. Westfield’s Ryan Prystowski, is third from left. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hampshire Regional junior Brie Salomao, left, is pushed aside by Maggie Prystowski of Westfield in the second quarter of the Red Raiders’ 5-3 loss to the visiting Bombers at Michael Dorunda Field on Friday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Westfield senior Chandler Pedolzky (9) drives between Hampshire sophomore Riley Shaughnessy, left, and junior Larissa Riley in the first quarter of the Bombers 5-3 win over the Red Raiders at Michael Dorunda Field on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hampshire Regional senior captain Maggie Rubeck, left, moves the ball past Alyssa Piper of Westfield in the first quarter of the Red Raiders' 5-3 loss to the visiting Bombers at Michael Dorunda Field on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hampshire Regional senior gaolkeeper Emily Yan anticipates a shot by Catherine Bean, center, that put Westfield on the board in the first quarter of the Red Raiders' 5-3 loss to the visiting Bombers at Michael Dorunda Field on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hampshire Regional senior captain Maddie Pond, right, hustles to keep up with Emma Pedolzky of Westfield in the first quarter of the Red Raiders' 5-3 loss to the visiting Bombers at Michael Dorunda Field on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Westfield sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Fillion misses a spot kick by Hampshire Regional senior captain Maggie Rubeck in the second quarter of the Bombers 5-3 win over the Red Raiders at Michael Dorunda Field on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hampshire Regional senior captain Maggie Rubeck, center, is celebrated by sophomore Riley Shaughnessy, left, and junior Brie Salomao after burying a penalty kick in the second quarter. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 11/6/2020 10:14:06 PM
Modified: 11/6/2020 10:13:51 PM

WESTHAMPTON — In midair, Maggie Rubeck remembered she couldn’t head the ball.

The Hampshire Regional senior stared at a perfect cross from Brie Salomao and let it drop to her waist. Rubeck redirected the ball past Westfield keeper Morgan Fillion and ignited the Raiders girls soccer team Friday.

“Last year a lot of my goals were headers,” Rubeck said. “I thought it’s coming at me I need to run toward the goal, and if I hit the ball, it’s gonna go in.”

It was the first of Rubeck’s three goals on senior night. The Bombers prevailed 5-3 but were never comfortable after a dominant first quarter.

Catherine Bean opened the scoring 10 minutes in, converting a breakaway after Hampshire’s first bout of sustained possession. Chandler Pedolzky doubled Westfield’s lead two minutes later with a low shot. With 6:28 remaining, Riley Byrnes made it 3-0.

“That’s a team that went to the state final and lost last year. They jumped on us right away,” Hampshire coach Stephen Croft said. “We told them it was the senior night game, the last game they were gonna be playing on this field, so leave it all out there.”

Rubeck and Salomao led the charge with the first goal. They generated another opportunity barely a minute later. Salomao whipped another cross into the box from the right wing, and it hit an outstretched Westfield arm. Rubeck immediately stepped forward to take the spot kick.

“I ran up because it’s my senior night and I wanted it,” she said.

She knew where to put it, too. Rubeck fired low and to the right, sneaking her second goal just inside the crossbar to cut the Raiders deficit to one with 13:19 to halftime.

Hampshire (4-4-1) kept the Bombers offense in check well into the third quarter. Hampshire keeper Emily Yan made 11 saves.

“I said from the beginning we needed to watch No. 2 Bean and No. 9 Pedolzky, and we did a better job of doubling and making them have to work a little bit harder for their opportunities,” Croft said.

But Pedolzky shook lose with 4:43 remaining in the third. She beat a double team on a long run then hammered a shot home. After Westfield regained possession following Hampshire’s kickoff, Pedolzky struck again with a short chip to finish her hat trick.

The Raiders still didn’t fold. Rubeck smashed home a rebound from Salomao with 13:20 left, cementing a hat trick in her final soccer game for Hampshire.

“I think we knew we could come back and finish it, and I wanted to finish my year with a hatty, too,” Rubeck said. “We wanted to finish the game and finish it cleanly.”

Hampshire’s reserves finished the game with their voices. They cheered their nine seniors for the game’s final two minutes until the whistle sounded.

“It’s a phenomenal group. I haven’t seen any kind of drop off in the way they train,” Croft said. “They set the tone for the rest of the team.”




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