WESTFIELD – St. Mary erased a nightmarish performance suffered against Commerce, emerging victorious against Pioneer Valley 1-0 in a well-played boys’ soccer game Wednesday at Westfield Middle School North.
Zac Girard scored the game-winner in the second half.
Girard took a pass from Alex Parentella, made a nice turn in the box, and drilled a hard liner off the hand of Pioneer goalie Jacob Hill (22 saves) into the lower left corner of the net.
Colin Blake made nine saves, including a key stop in the final five minutes of regulation, punching away a breakaway effort.
Tigers win 11th straight
Westfield Voc-Tech 2, Greenfield 0
Alex Makarchuk and Alex Stepanchuk tallied one goal apiece, and Vitally Covileac earned a shutout in goal for unbeaten Westfield Voc-Tech.
Tigers’ Tyler Hall, Mike Brut, Roman Tikhonchuk, Peter Melnik, and Nick Clegg did a superb job shutting down Greenfield’s attack.
Westfield also had a chance on a pair of penalty kicks, but failed to convert.
“(That made) things a little harder on us,” Voc-Tech coach Kyle Dulude said.
The Tigers improved to 11-0.
Westfield 2, West Springfield 2
Westfield senior defenseman Joe Graydon drew a yellow card, scored one goal, and landed one assist.
“He had a big game for sure,” Westfield coach Andrew Joseph said of his senior defenseman, who was shifted on to the offensive side of the field after receiving the card.
Graydon assisted on Dante White’s goal. Chris Sullivan also had an assist for the Bombers.
Westfield goalie Ian Saltmarsh made some key saves, and Bombers’ midfielder Matt Butera delivered a solid effort.
Soendergaard sharp in WHS’ win
Westfield 152, Northampton 166
WESTFIELD – Westfield improved to 13-2 with another steady outing at Tekoa Country Club.
Sebastian Soendergaard shot a team-low 36 for Westfield, Bombers’ Dan Hickson finished with a 38, and three others – teammates Colin Dunn, John Kiefer, and Ryan Towle – tied with 39s.