Tigers net shutout, 3-0 start

Westfield Technical Academy’s Alex Stepanchuk looks to make a move with the ball as Smith Voke defenders creep up on the play. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield Technical Academy’s Alex Stepanchuk looks to make a move with the ball as Smith Voke defenders creep up on the play. (Photo by Chris Putz)

WESTFIELD – The 2015 season might present a whole new set of challenges for the Westfield Technical Academy High School boys’ soccer team – such as fewer veterans and a smaller pool of players – but the Tigers are dominating in typical fashion thus far.
Alex Stepanchuk scored two goals – one on a pass from Sergiy Kabysh; Tyler Hall assisted on the other – to lead Westfield Tech past Smith Voke 2-0 Tuesday at Jachym Field. The Tigers improved to 3-0.
“It was an all-around great team effort,” Westfield Technical Academy coach Kyle Dulude said.
Still, the Tigers’ head coach said there is room for improvement.
“We did not get out to a good start and even though we had many scoring chances in the first half, we did not convert,” Dulude said. “We were flat and players, I think, were sluggish from last night’s game.”
Westfield Tech entered Tuesday’s contest fresh off a thrilling 3-2 road win over Greenfield Monday evening. The Tigers woke up in plenty of time to enjoy their third straight victory to begin ’15 Tuesday.
Said Dulude: “The players found motivation to step it up in the second half and finish plays.”

O’s overwhelm WHS
Belchertown 5, Westfield 1

Westfield’s rollercoaster run hit a downturn on the road at Belchertown.
“We just got beat up pretty badly today,” said Westfield coach Andrew Joseph, whose team fell to 2-2. “The effort was there. You just have to tip your head to Belchertown.”
Westfield will look to bounce back Friday at home against Chicopee Comp. Game time is at 4 p.m.
“It should be a good league game,” coach Joseph said. “We’re looking forward to getting back in the winning column.”

Castor lifts Rams
Southwick 1, South Hadley 0

Brandon Castor scored the game-winner in the 68th minute to lift Southwick to victory. Riley O’Connor assisted.
Rams’ goalie Nick Chambers (2 saves) recorded a shutout.

Gators knot Renaissance
Gateway 1, Renaissance 1

John Rooney struck for a goal from 35 yards out for Gateway’s lone goal of the game. Jayden Marge assisted on the play.
Renaissance scored the game-tying goal late in regulation.
The Gators improved to 1-1-1.

Red Raiders top Saints
Commerce 2, St. Mary 1

Aaron Blanchard scored St. Mary’s only goal.

Southwick 10, South Hadley 0

Nick Doyle recorded a hat trick, Matt Allen scored two goals, and five others – Austin Davis, Matt Keenan, Kacper Kisala, Jameson Secovich, and Ryan Molta – notched one apiece in Southwick’s shutout rout.
Secovich also had three assists. Jared O’Connor and Caleb Flanders had two assists, and Kisala and Tyler Orban each had one.
The Rams improved to 3-0.

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