Div. 4 girls soccer: Ella Forest, Makena Rogalski lift No. 8 Hampshire past No. 9 Leicester in PKs

  • Hampshire Regional’s Brianne Salomao (12) powers the ball in toward the net during the eighth-seeded Raiders’ victory over No. 9 Leicester in the MIAA Div. 4 Round of 16 Tuesday night in Westhampton. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • Hampshire Regional’s Ella Forest (4) dribbles past Leicester’s Nakita Grammatic during the eighth-seeded Raiders’ victory in the MIAA Div. 4 Round of 16 Tuesday night in Westhampton. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

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Published: 11/9/2021 9:13:37 PM

WESTHAMPTON – Makena Rogalski had steady nerves for the second time in the postseason on Tuesday.

The Hampshire Regional sophomore goalkeeper dove to her right to stop Lily Peterson on Leicester's fourth shootout attempt. Senior Ella Forest then promptly followed and buried the winning kick to send the Raiders into the quarterfinal round of the MIAA Division 4 Girls Soccer Tournament.

Eighth-seeded Hampshire won 4-2 in the shootout after a 1-1 regulation and overtime at Michael Dorunda Field. The Raiders (9-6-5) will play the winner of Wednesday's game between No. 1 Cohasset and No. 16 Monument Mountain on Saturday.

“We're more than excited,” Forest said. “In 2019 we lost to Mahar and it was a heartbreaking loss for us. We lost our seniors and in 2020 we never had a season so this is our time. We need to focus and step up and I think we showed it all on the field tonight.”

Rogalski has been a goalie for only two years and this season is her first as a varsity keeper. She got her first taste of a shootout during the Western Massachusetts Tournament. She stopped three shots out of six in a quarterfinal round victory over Pope Francis.

“Before I'm really anxious but once I'm in the net, I'm fine,” Rogalski said. “I just look at their hips and their eyes and guess where they are going.”

She nearly stopped the first two attempts by the Wolverines. Grace Bujak and Rian Fadden each slipped a low shot just outside the reach of a diving Rogalski. Fadden's goal came after Maisie Bowler hit the crossbar for Hampshire in round two.

“She practices hard,” Hampshire coach Steve Croft said. “She's gotten a lot better since the beginning of the season and it's a testament to her work ethic and the way she works. She has a way of reading where a shooter is going and she gets herself into those spots and makes the saves.”

Abby Brunelle tied it for Hampshire in the third round when she found the upper corner to beat backup goalie Jordan Clarke, who replaced starter Annie Hunt for the shootout. The score remained tied when Leicester hit the crossbar in the third round.

Hampshire's Larissa Riley made it 3-2 in the fourth round, putting the pressure on ninth-seeded Leicester (10-6-2) to beat Rogalski.

The sophomore came through.

“My team was cheering me on the whole time,” Rogalski said. “I wasn't stressed.”

Peterson, who gave Leicester a 1-0 lead in the first half, was a threat all game. Despite a strong leg, she attempted to touch a shot past Rogalski, who punched it away to give the Raiders a chance at the win in the fifth round.

Rogalski said she was surprised that Peterson took a bit off her shot. With Forest up next, Rogalski was confident.

“Ella's a really good player and she's really good at PKs,” she said.

Forest calmly stepped up and scored past Clarke, who didn't attempt to dive at the shot.

“We practice them a lot in practice and I know which way (to go) and how to read a goalie,” Forest said. “I have that confidence, especially walking up because you have to be focused.”

A back-and-forth first half ended tied at 1-1.

Peterson scored at the 16-minute mark, jumping on a 50-50 ball in the box and scoring wide.

Hampshire rallied late. Bowler took a corner kick that Brie Salomao tried to one-time on the near side. Leicester attempted to clear from the back line, but Hampshire gathered it along the sidelines and delivered it back in the box.

Parker Pallante redirected it to the far side where Riley Shaughnessy charged in and beat Hunt to the ball to tie it.

“I always tell them you can't really control what goes on in a game,” Croft said. “Sometimes you give up a goal but you have to keep playing and this team has done that all year.”

Leicester had the edge in the second half but was held off by Hampshire's defense of Kayla Lukasiewicz, Brunelle, Caroline Taylor and Hannah Burke. Hampshire recharged after regulation and held the edge through the two 10-minute overtime frames.

“There's going to be shifts in momentum and I always tell this team to play hard,” Croft said. “Goals are going to come if we play hard and play smart. We didn't score a goal in overtime but we practice PKs all the time.”


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