WESTFIELD – There was a bit of drama in the Whip City on Friday.
Monica Peterson came out of a scramble out in front of Westfield Voc-Tech’s net and scored the game-winner in the 51st minute as the Saints held on to beat the Tigers, 1-0 Friday at Jachym Field.
St. Mary’s goalie Darby Bailey had three saves in net. Megan Illnicky made seven for Voc-Tech in a well-played game.
Katie Nesmelova helped anchor a solid Tigers’ defense.
Westfield def. East Longmeadow 25-15, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18
Abby Hart (8 kills, 5 blocks, 2 aces), Alexa Morin (4 kills, 3 blocks), and Tracy Midwood (16 assists, 2 aces) led Westfield.
Westfield 2, Amherst 2
Westfield rallied from a 2-0 deficit, storming back to net a very important tie against a good Amherst team.
Southwick 3, Holyoke 0
Jon Collins (from Andrae Campbell), Campbell (from John Devine), and Ryan Harper (from Mark O’Neill) scored for Southwick. Rams’ goalies Patrick King (4 saves) and Tim Reardon (2 saves) earned a combined shutout.
Longmeadow 2, Westfield 0
Karly Mastello made seven saves in net for Westfield, which lost to area heavyweight, Longmeadow.
“It was a great opportunity to get us ready for tournament,” Westfield coach Karen Gomez said. “We’ll learn from our mistakes and we’ll move forward.”
TIGERS NET BERTH: The Westfield Voc-Tech boys’ soccer team earned a berth in the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament with a win over St. Mary’s at Westfield North Middle School late Friday. The Tigers, who needed to win at least half of their 17-game schedule or finish first or second in their league, now have a record of 9-3. No further details were available as of press time.