Lauren Marjanski’s hat trick sends South Hadley girls into soccer semis (PHOTOS)

  • South Hadley’s Maddie Soderbaum controls the ball against Chicopee Comp on Tuesday in South Hadley. The Tigers won 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League quarterfinals. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley’s Lauren Marjanski controls a header against Chicopee Comp on Tuesday in South Hadley. The Tigers won 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League quarterfinals. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley’s Jordyn Balint dribbles up the field against Chicopee Comp on Tuesday in South Hadley. The Tigers won 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League quarterfinals. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley keeper Rylee Suchenicz corrals the ball against Chicopee Comp on Tuesday in South Hadley. The Tigers won 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League quarterfinals. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley’s Lauren Marjanski, center, fights for the ball against Chicopee Comp on Tuesday in South Hadley. The Tigers won 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League quarterfinals. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley’s Gianna Roy dribbles up the field against Chicopee Comp on Tuesday in South Hadley. The Tigers won 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League quarterfinals. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley’s Gracie Deren looks for an opening down the sideline against Chicopee Comp on Tuesday in South Hadley. The Tigers won 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League quarterfinals. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley’s Madelyn McArdle reacts after scoring a goal against Chicopee Comp on Tuesday in South Hadley. The Tigers won 5-0 in the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League quarterfinals. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff Writer
Published: 8/2/2022 9:33:13 PM

SOUTH HADLEY – Lauren Marjanski relieved the win-or-go home tension early.

The South Hadley rising junior scored the first of her three goals 90 seconds in Tuesday against No. 6 Chicopee Comp in the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League High School Girls A quarterfinals, tucking in a goal from inside the six-yard box after a strong run.

“If you lose, you’re out. We wanted to get one on the board fast,” Marjanski said.

She kept putting them on the board, contributing to all five goals with a hat trick and two assists in a 5-0 win. The third-seeded Tigers will face either No. 2 Monson or No. 7 Agawam, which was postponed due to rain, in the semifinal round.

“It gives us a chance to see how we handle these situations and prepares us for the real playoffs,” rising sophomore Maddie Soderbaum said.

South Hadley reached the Western Massachusetts Class B championship last fall and played in the Division 3 state tournament. Though only about half of the Tigers’ expected fall roster played Tuesday, the summer season has allowed them to build the chemistry teams require on the pitch.

“We have a lot of work to do, but I think if we keep practicing and moving forward, we’ll be pretty good,” Marjanski said.

She and fellow forward Jordyn Balint showed a familiarity holding the ball and running off each other’s possession. Marjanski cut across the left side of goal while Balint worked it down the right sideline in the 18th minute. Balint found her for another close-range goal and a 2-0 lead.

The Colts collapsed on Marjanski’s run three minutes later, and she cut the ball back toward the edge of the 18-yard box where Soderbaum waited. Soderbaum ripped a shot on her first touch into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead amidst a bubble of clear turf she created with her movement into open space.

“I just find my way in there,” Soderbaum said. “The more I play with this team, I get more comfortable and find my space.”

Marjanski completed the hat trick three minutes into the second half after another piece of complementary passing and player movement. 

South Hadley moved her to the back line afterward to protect a lead that looked secure, but she still found ways to impact the offense. After dispossessing a Comp player in the Tigers half, Marjanski bolted up the field, knifing through the Colts defense. She made it all the way into Comp’s penalty box before laying a comfortable ball over to Madelyn McArdle, who beat the Colts’ keeper to the ball and tapped it under for goal No. 5 in the 65th minute.

“Once they started to come on me, it opened up room for our other strikers,” Marjanski said.

Tigers keeper Rylee Suchenicz kept a clean sheet, making the handful of saves she was called upon for. South Hadley’s defense neutralized most Comp attacks before they threatened the goal line.

Other results

In other PVSSL quarterfinal action, the No. 2 Belchertown boys A team defeated No. 7 Agawam 5-2 in the Boys A bracket.

No. 2 Frontier beat No. 7 West Springfield 5-0 in a Boys B quarterfinal. No. 5 South Hadley upset No. 4 Granby 1-0 on the other side of the bracket.


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