Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton closes in on boys soccer tournament berth

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Easthampton boys soccer team beat Renaissance, 4-2, Thursday at Nonotuck Park.

The Eagles (7-4-1, 5-2-1 Schmid) led 2-1 at halftime and never trailed as they moved within three points with six games remaining of a playoff berth.

Nick Soucy (assist) had two goals, while Henry Ferland and Mohamed Zabir each had one goal.

Chris Williams, Vinny Catalano and Tyler Karakula each had one assist. Drew Caires made nine saves.

Freshman Marcus Tenesaca played well at midfield.

South Hadley 4, Gateway Regional 1 — Jon SamLall scored two goals, while Liam Joy added a goal and an assist as the Tigers (6-5-2, 2-5-1 Schmid) pulled away from a 1-0 halftime lead at home.

Alex Lerch scored, Ryan Gage had two assists and Cris Casolari one helper.

Clayton Koppi made eight saves for South Hadley.

Aaron Trask scored from Evan Lee and John Folley made 10 saves for the Gators (1-10-1, 0-8-0).

Smith Academy 1, Mohawk 0 — Liam Pitrat’s penalty kick in the 64th minute stood as the Falcons (5-6-1, 5-3-0 McGrath) won at home.

Lucas Wojtowicz was working the box when he was taken down, drawing the PK.

Pitrat’s initial shot was blocked, but he put home the rebound for the goal.

Matt Essig made one save as the Falcons possessed the ball and passed well to control the pace.

Smith needs seven points in six games, four of which are within the next week, to qualify.

Smith Vocational 2, Pioneer Christian 2 — Anthony Palazzi and Zachary Lachance scored for the Vikings in a home tie.

Edison Quillay had an assist on Lachance’s goal.

Brett Hasteltine made seven saves for Smith Voke (4-4-4).

Hampshire Regional 2, Monson 0 — Derek Barber scored his first varsity goal off an assist from Mason Lollis-Taylor in the Raiders’ win.

Both Hampshire goals came in the second half.

Justin Swaikowski scored from Aidan White for Hampshire (3-8, 2-2 Holley).

Colin Boyle made three saves to notch the shutout.

Field hockey

Northampton 2, Smith Academy 2 — The Falcons (2-9-1) took a 1-0 lead on a Karly Guimond goal at 21:17 of the second half, but the Blue Devils (4-5-2) tied it less than a minute later with McKenna Goggins on the tally.

With 14:25 left, Shea Crowther gave Hamp a 2-1 lead, but Isabelle Duseau answered with seven minutes left for Smith.

Emma Hobert and Maggie Herlihy each had an assist for the Falcons, while Taeghan Cavanaugh made eight saves.

Grace McCauley-McDonald had one assist and Dani Parent made six saves for Northampton, which needs eight points with seven games left.

Frontier Regional 5, East Longmeadow 0 — Olivia Vecellio scored three goals and added an assist as the Red Hawks (9-2-1, 6-0-0 Valley) qualified for the postseason with the win at home.

McKenzie Patterson had two goals and one assist, while Kathryn Mason had one helper.

Skyla Burniske (one save) and Amanda Fuller (three saves) shared time in goal for the shutout.

West Springfield 2, South Hadley 1 — The Terriers scored with five minutes left to send the Tigers home with a loss.

Julia Miele scored for South Hadley from Olivia Wilson.

Brittany Cote made three saves in the first half, while Brooke Blair made five in the second for South Hadley (5-6-1).