WESTFIELD – There is no road block or test that the Westfield Technical Academy boys soccer team can not pass.
That has been the case for several years now and even a new division could not curb the efforts of the Westfield Tech Tigers.
Brad Marion and Frank Florek scored one goal apiece, Anatoliy Suprunchuk (3 saves) recorded a shutout and Westfield Tech silenced Putnam 2-0 Wednesday. The victory secured the Tigers a Bi-County League title, and likely a top seed in the state vocational tournament. It is their fourth straight league title.
“Our three seniors (Anatoliy and Ruvim Suprunchuk, and Yeremy Kovylyak) should be extremely proud to have accomplished such a task over their four years,” Westfield Tech coach Kyle Dulude said.
Westfield Tech will honor the three seniors on “Senior Night” Thursday against McCann Tech at Bullens Field, beginning at 6 p.m.
“I am so proud of all the players in our program,” Dulude said. “The hard work and effort they put in year after year is tremendous. I also want to give a shout out to our girls soccer program for qualifying for the Western Mass tournament today. I have many of those girls in class and I think our two programs bring much excitement into classes and shop during the school hours. Hats off to coach Washington and Brown. Our school has great things going on and it is great to see success.”
Tigers bound for playoffs
Westfield Technical Academy 5, St. Mary’s 1
Westfield Tech improved to 7-4-3 with a win at Westfield Middle School North, ensuring the Tigers of a .500 or better record (good for a postseason berth).
Captain Heather Lannon, freshman Jess Bush, Sydnie Brock, senior Bri Hoffman and captain Liliya Stepanchuk scored one apiece for Westfield Tech, which unleashed 27 shots on goal. Stepanchuk had two assists, and captain Emily White freshman Christina Mosijchuk and senior Liza Lapko also had one.
“Once again my girls showed that soccer is a team sport and not about any one individual,” Westfield Tech coach Lyle Washington said. “Five goals with eight different girls scoring or assisting proves that.”
Lexi Shedd tallied the lone St. Mary’s goal, scoring on a penalty kick. Saints’ goalie Amelia Willenborg finished with 22 saves.
Westfield Tech freshman Chelsey Krupa collected six saves.
“Because of how well my defense played,” Washington said, “my keeper only needed to make six saves.”
Westfield Tech’s busy schedule continues with Duggan Academy on Thursday, followed by Sci-Tech (Friday) and Putnam (Monday).
Bombers shut out Purple Knights
Westfield 6, Holyoke 0
Westfield received goals from five different players en route to a convincing shutout Wednesday.
Chandler Pedolzky led Westfield with a goal scored in each half. Gigi Badger assisted with the first-half score, less than 90 seconds in. Pedolzky’s second-half goal was unassisted.
Bella Rinaldi scored in the 21st minute off a pass from Emma Pedolzky to make it 2-0.
Chandler Pedolzky gave her team a 3-0 advantage early in the second half.
Kaela Mochak, Maggie Prystowski, and Catie Bean also added second-half scores. Mackenzie Liptak, Claire Lemarche, and Hannah Colon assisted.
Westfield goalie Adrianna Arona made four saves to earn a shutout.
Gators post 10th shutout
Gateway 3, Mount Everett 0
Peyton Bucko set up the game’s first two goals – one each from Jessica Van Heynigen and Ava Auclair, and Donna Viel scored off a pass from Hannah Duggan in Gateway’s road shutout.
Gateway goalie Becca Herman (3 saves) had a shutout. Jules Dickenson also had a strong game at sweeper, getting the offense moving upfield for the Gators.
It was Gateway’s 10th shutout of the season.
Rams net tie
Southwick 2, Holyoke 2
Sarah Hough and Emily Martin each had one goal in a tie at home for Southwick. Rams’ Rachel Diamond collected an assist.
Liza Keane scored both Holyoke goals.
Goalie Clare Stratton recorded 12 saves for Southwick, which bounced back from a 7-1 loss to Agawam on Monday. In that game, Sarah Hough scored the Rams’ only goal. Sydney Gorman assisted.
Rams post thrilling ‘W’
Southwick def. Smith Voke 9-25, 25-11, 20-25, 25-17, 15-12
Allie Methe (5 aces, 2 kills, 3 assists, 4 digs), Chole Emond (4 kills, 4 aces, 3 digs), Kayla Andrade (7 assists, 1 ace, 1 dig), and Vicky Burkovsky (2 blocks, 3 aces, 2 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig) led Southwick.
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St. Mary’s 4, Pathfinder 2
Aaron Blanchard scored two goals, and Jack Lamirande and Jake Butler tallied one apiece for St. Mary’s. Saints’ Kevin Rockwal had two assists, and Blanchard and Lamirande one each.
Aidan Burke and Hayden Lussier led St. Mary’s defensive effort. Saints’ goalie Dom Nomakeo was solid as well, coming up with 15 saves.