High schools: Gateway Regional boys soccer blanks PVCICS 1-0 in opener

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  • Robert Canavan-Gosselin of PVCICS, left, passes against Evan Cortis of Gateway Regional, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Owen Pryzbyla of Gateway Regional, right, handles an incoming pass against Cooper Gabriel-Achorn of PVCICS, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Ben Hyjek, center, of Gateway Regional, looks for a shot against PVCICS goalie Gavin Gilburg, second from left, and Seb English, second from right, Thursday at Gateway Regional High School. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Joel Sakaske of Gateway Regional, center, moves the ball against James Scott of PVCICS, left, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at Gateway Regional High School. Zack Otterbeck looks on. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Landon Richards of Gateway Regional, left, and James Scott of PVCICS try to win the ball, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at Gateway Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Matt Morin, left, of Gateway Regional, and Clayton English, of PVCICS, go to the ball, Thursday at Gateway Regional High School. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 10/1/2020 8:15:55 PM
Modified: 10/1/2020 8:15:45 PM

Ben Hyjek scored late in the first quarter and Preston Coffee kept the sheet clean as the Gateway Regional boys soccer team opened the season with a 1-0 victory over the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS), Thursday in Huntington.

The Gators played a set piece from 40 yards out into the box where the ball fell to the feet of Landon Richards. Richards turned and took a shot toward Hyjek, who one-touched the ball into the net.

Joel Sakaske and Hyjek played well and helped settle Gateway down after a tough opening quarter.

“The first quarter was a little shaky with the new rules,” first-year coach Andrew McCaul said.

Coffee finished with three saves.

McCaul said the midfield played well for PVCICS, which is competing against Pioneer Valley teams for the first time.

“We weren’t sure what to expect from them,” he said. “I was impressed with what I saw from them.”

Easthampton 16, St. Mary’s 1 — The Eagles rolled on the road behind nine different goal scorers. Ethan Marowitz had three goals while Anthony Soucy had two goals and three assists. Carter Hebert finished with three goals and two assists, and Carter Daughdrill had two goals and three assists.

Javier Simms netted two goals, while goalies Griffin Foskitt (two saves) and Gigi DeNucce-Simms (four saves) shared time in net.

Girls soccer

Westfield 14, Northampton 0 — The Blue Devils dropped their opener on the road.

West Springfield 4, Holyoke 0 — The Purple Knights opener their season with a road loss.

Field hockey

Longmeadow 13, Amherst Regional 1 — Monica Cage scored and McKenzie Schreyer made 23 saves, but the Hurricanes fell on the road in their opener.

Girls volleyball

Westfield 3, Holyoke 0 — The Purple Knights were shut out in their opener on the road.

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