Saints, others rejoice

WESTFIELD – St. Mary’s girls soccer senior captains Caitlyn Olearcek and Lexi Shedd were honored for four fantastic years with the team during a halftime ceremony Friday at Westfield Middle School North.
They, in turn, showed their appreciation for their coaches, parents, and fans by delivering a complete game – with an assist from their teammates, of course – in defeating the visiting Commerce Red Raiders 4-0 on “Senior Night.”

St. Mary’s senior Caitlyn Olearcek pushes the ball towards the offensive zone. (Photo by Lynn Boscher)

Olearcek set up the game’s first score with a feed to Allie Goodreau. Olearcek then connected on two separate, beautiful direct kicks from long range to give St. Mary’s a 3-0 lead. Goodreau tapped in a loose ball in the box for a commanding 4-0 advantage.
“I am so proud of the team for this performance,” St. Mary’s coach Pat Olearcek said. “Everyone played and everyone contributed. The direct kicks were unbelievable, about as well as anyone could kick a ball from that distance. Such a great way to send out our seniors, Cait and Lexi, who have made this program so much better in their four years.”
Amelia Willenborg was fantastic in net for St. Mary’s, collecting five saves as well as providing tremendous field leadership.

Bombers net thrilling victory
Westfield 4, Agawam 3

Agawam rallied to tie it 3-3, but Westfield (10-4) scored the game-winner on a goal from Lindsey Kiltonic with 4:36 remaining.
Chandler Pedolzky set up Kaela Mochak for Westfield’s first goal of the game, and then knocked one in net in the second half off a pass from Morgan Zabielski. Mackenzie Liptak also scored for the Bombers.
Westfield goalie Adrianna Arona delivered a strong effort, collecting 12 saves. Bombers’ defender Emma Pedolzky was also solid.
Makenzie Shean had a hand in all three Agawam goals, scoring twice and assisting on a third score. Brownies’ Alyssa Montagna had two assists.

Harris, Gators silence Frontier
Gateway 2, Frontier 0

Gateway’s Erin Harris scored two goals – both in the second half – of a shutout.
The first goal came six minutes into the second half, a beautiful low bullet from about 20 yards out that went into the left corner of the net. About seven minutes later, Harris trapped the ball with her foot and curled a shot over the goalie’s head from about 25 yards out.
Becca Herman made three saves in recording the shutout for Gateway (9-2-3).

Tenerowicz, Rams prevail
Southwick 1, Amherst 0

Liz Tenerowicz scored the only goal of the game – the game-winner – off a pass from Aelish McGivney to lead Southwick past Amherst in a thriller.
Southwick goalie Hannah Gerrish (6 saves) earned a shutout.

Martinez paces Tigers
Hampden Charter School of Science 4, Westfield Technical Academy 1

Sheila Martinez scored the lone Westfield Tech goal off a corner kick from captain Sydnie Brock. Tigers’ goalie Liliya Stepanchuk had 16 saves.

Purple Knights turn back Bombers
Holyoke 27, Westfield 8

Holyoke rallied from a one score down, scoring 27 of the game’s final 29 points to hold off Westfield (0-6). Purple Knights quarterback Leesandro Colon ran for two scores as his team scored all of its TDs on the ground.
Adam Boggs scored the lone Westfield touchdown on an interception return for the game’s first score with 3:05 remaining in the first quarter. The Bombers also scored on a safety midway through the second quarter for an 8-7 lead.

Hagan claims bronze
Chicopee Comp 115.425, Westfield 131.625, Minnechaug 132.575

Westfield’s Mairead Hagan claimed third all-around (33.3) with a third-place finish on bars (8.2) and beam (8.55). Bombers’ Caity Daniels took second on vault (8.85), and Madison Sompi finished runner-up on floor exercise (8.7).

Indians double up Rams
Turners Falls 4, Southwick 2

Turners Falls scored three goals in the second half to pull away from Southwick. Cassidhe Wozniak netted a hat trick.
Southwick’s Emily Martin and Caroline Wilcox each scored. Sarah Hough assisted on both plays. Rams’ goalie Clare Stratton had 10 saves.

Southwick 1, Amherst 0

Clare Hannah scored off an assist from A’Jenai Thompson to propel Southwick to victory. Isabella Poules, Sophia Andrade, and Hannah Burke finished with two saves apiece in net.

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