WESTFIELD – Practice makes perfect.
After four games of trying to perfect the art of winning, the Westfield Voc-Tech High School girls’ soccer team reached its short-team goal.
Voc-Tech, winless through its first four games of the season, achieved its first win of the season in grand fashion. Brandi VanGelder and Ashley Lees had two goals and one assist apiece and the Tigers blanked Hampden Charter School of Science 6-0 yesterday at Jachym Field.
“Brandi played fantastic, controlling the game with spectacular passing,” said Westfield Voc-Tech coach Maddy Mangini, whose team led 3-0 at the half.
Elena Levkha and Katie Nesmelova scored one goal each, and Bria Curran, Steffany Costa, and Jackie Gaulin had one assist apiece.
Voc-Tech goalie Megan Illnicky (3 saves) pitched a shutout in net.
Southwick 5, Sabis 2
Jess Teodore and Izzy Burns netted two goals each, and Alexis Peterson chipped one in for Southwick. Teodore, Burns, Taylor LeClair, and Hailee Hart each had one assist.
Megan Zabik finished with seven saves for the Rams.
JV GIRLS’ SOCCER
Southwick 2, Sabis 0
Haley Parker scored two goals for Southwick. Lexi Glynn earned an assist on one; the other was unassisted.
Ariel Bryant (1 save) earned the Rams’ shutout in net.
Southwick 3, Athol 1
Mark O’Neill (from Jon Collins), Andrae Campbell (from O’Neill), and Ryan King (from Campbell) scored to help Southwick win its second game of the season. The Rams improved to 2-2-3.
Tim Reardon (6 saves) and Patrick King (4 saves) combined for the win in net for Southwick. eardon made a nice save on a penalty kick.
Gateway 4, Ware 0
Calvin Dowers, Randy Garfield, Josh Baillargeon, and Ryan Fisk each delivered one goal for Gateway, which outshot Ware 18-4. The Gators led 2-0 at the half.
Gateway goalie Mike Arel made two saves.
“It was a good overall effort,” Gateway coach Tim Gamble said.
JV BOYS’ SOCCER
Southwick 1, Athol 0
Brandon Smith scored on a pass from Declan O’Connell for Southwick, which dominated play.