WESTFIELD – There is one sister act in town that is bringing some heavenly play to the Whip City.
Two years ago, then St. Mary’s sophomore Allie Goodreau scored her 100th point. On Tuesday, current Saints sophomore Emma Goodreau scored her 92nd and 93rd points with two goals in a 2-0 win over Smith Academy at Westfield Intermediate School.
“It’s so exciting because I’m close to my 100th and I can do it with my sister here – – she’s a senior – – so I’m excited about that and just for the win for our team,” a bubbly Emma Goodreau said after the game.
The first goal from Emma Goodreau came in the 8th minute on a shot from outside the box. The ball right went underneath the goalie.
“I was like – – you know what – – I’m in space and I’m just going to kick it,” Emma Goodreau said.
Emma went one-on-one with the goalie in the 17th minute for her second goal and won again. “I kind of just slipped it in,” she said. “It went right over (the goalie) and it went in.”
With a 3-game road trip now looming for St. Mary’s (4-1), the road to 100 figures to be a challenge. Still, it is one that Emma welcomes.
“I think if the way we are working now and how we can play, I think I can get it in the next few games,” she explained.
Although she is has her eyes on 100, Emma truly understands the team concept.
“I try not to focus on (100) much because I try setting up other players,” she admitted. “When I have the chance to score I do but it’s more like me setting up the other players and that’s the way of getting my goal. …It makes me feel like a leader out there because it’s not just the goals for me … and having (Allie) as a sister helps me out a lot.”
It also helps when you have a netminder like St. Mary’s junior goalie Amelia Willenborg, who has now posted 10 straight shutouts following a 14-save performance against Smith Academy. Willenborg suffered a pregame injury during a game earlier this season and sat out the entire game but the team breathed a sigh of relief that the absence was short-lived.
And there are others.
St. Mary’s sophomore fullback/midfielder Macy Woodger made Willenborg’s job relatively easy by keeping the ball out of their own zone most of the afternoon. Saints’ freshman midfielder Emmie Collins continuously put pressure on Smith’s defense by motoring around the field on nearly every play. Sophomore winger/halfback Anna Puttick earlier this season made the switch to the midfield where she now sets up fellow teammates like the Goodreau sisters.
“Now she’s in all the plays,” St. Mary’s girls soccer coach Patrick Olearcek said of Puttick.
St. Mary’s next opportunity to help Emma achieve her milestone will come at Franklin Tech Thursday at 4 p.m.
Dubovaya nets hat trick in Tigers shutout
Westfield Technical Academy 4, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School 0
Ella Dubovaya recorded a hat trick as Westfield Tech shut out PVCICS in South Hadley. Allyssa Slack, Iryna Shvyryd and Nella Kondratuk earned assists. Mia Slack scored the Tigers first goal on a direct kick from 40 yards out.
“(We) kept their keeper busy,” Westfield Tech girls soccer coach Lyle Washington said, noting the team’s 25 shots on goal. “My defense played hard, winning 50-50 balls and getting the ball upfield.”
Allyssa Slack, a midfielder and team captain, worked hard to control the midfield with amazing hustle and great touches. Tigers goalie Lindsey Deland had three saves for the Tigers.
Westfield Tech returns to action Thursday at home against Smith Vocational. The game will begin at Jachym Field at 4 p.m.
Bombers down Rams
Westfield 7, Southwick 1
Karlie Harlin, Meghan Bowen, and Claire Griffith scored two goals apiece for Westfield, and Norah Bargatti had one in a big Bombers victory. Bowen also had an assist.
Westfield goalie Lindsey Brown finished with six saves. Southwick keeper Ezri Johnston had 12.
“Westfield came to play,” Bombers field hockey coach Courtney Albee said. “They played smart as a team and worked well together. We all played very offensive minded and got the job done.”
Devan Fox scored the lone Southwick goal.
Tigers bounce back in big way
Westfield Technical Academy 21.5, Central 2.5
Westfield Tech bounced back from a 17-point loss at Pathfinder on Monday with a convincing victory Tuesday at East Mountain Country Club. Three Tigers shot under 50, led by Deven Werbiskis with a 46. Evan Grant shot a 48 and Andrew Reed finished with a 49.
Westfield Tech improved to 5-2.
Rams win on tiebreaker
Southwick 215, Longmeadow 216
Southwick won a thriller at Twin Hills Country Club, overcoming a one-under on the par 35 from Longmeadow’s top golfer Ryan Downes and defeating the Lancers by tiebreaker. The Rams had two golfers shoot a 39 – – Matthew Garrity and Andrew Morris.
Southwick’s Jesse Johnson and Josh Drumm finished with a 42 and 46, respectively. With the scores tied after four golfers, the decisive fifth score belonged to Matt Coviello (49) who nipped Longmeadow’s Myles Chapman (50) by one stroke.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Phaneuf paces Bombers
Westfield 27, East Longmeadow 30; Longmeadow 49, Westfield 15
East Longmeadow swept the race with runners placing first through sixth. Westfield’s Antonio Phaneuf finished first for his team with a seventh overall place finish in 18:14. Bombers sophomore Andrew Phaneuf took 12th, running 19:28.
Senior captain Nicholas Krawiec (20:05), senior Walter Ninotti (20:24), and sophomore Liam Lynn (22:01) rounded out the scoring runners for Westfield. Bombers’ Ryan Charland (22:17) and Peter Stathatos (22:41) finished just seconds behind.
Overall, Westfield saw eight personal best times for their runners. The Bombers next compete against Chicopee Comp Thursday at Stanley Park.
Sikand posts dual victory
Hampshire 15, Southwick 50; Southwick 21, Pioneer 36; Southwick 16, Hopkins Academy 46
Southwick’s Nick Sikand was the top runner in competing scores against Pioneer and Hopkins. He finished the race in 17:02. The Rams improved to 5-3 overall, 3-1 league.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Sanctuary surpasses Hopkins
Hampshire 15, Southwick 46; Pioneer 25, Southwick 33; Southwick 21, Hopkins Academy 37
Southwick’s Elleigh Sanctuary finished with a time of 20:03, good enough to top Hopkins. The Rams improved to 5-3 overall, 3-1 league.
Pacers nip Rams
Chicopee 1, Southwick 0
Chicopee escaped with a narrow victory at Szot Park. The Rams will attempt to bounce back Thursday at home against Holyoke.