Tigers attempt to beat odds, again

Dimitry Stepenchuk celebrates after assisting on one of two goals in Westfield Voc-Tech’s thrilling quarterfinal victory. (Photo by Chris Putz)

No. 3 Westfield Voc-Tech (13-4) vs. No 2 Hopkins Academy (15-1-3)
Tomorrow, Amherst Regional High School, noon
“The odds are against us,” said Westfield Voc-Tech boys’ soccer coach Kyle Dulude, whose team plays a semifinal game at Amherst-Pelham Regional, just a short drive down the road for Hopkins Academy despite the fact that the game is typically held on neutral ground.
But Voc-Tech has already proved it is a different season, and a markedly different team. The Tigers won its first playoff game in recent memory, defeating sixth-seeded Sabis in Monday night’s home quarterfinal.
“We’ve had great practices; we’re feeling great after our last win,” said coach Dulude. “We’re just trying to move forward and get better.”
“We’re going to try and play with a lot of heart. Whatever happens, happens.”

Westfield Voc-Tech Vitaliy Covileac collects one of several saves in the team’s quarterfinal victory. Covileac will be called upon again when his team faces Hopkins Academy on Saturday. (Photo by Chris Putz)

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