Tigers net tourney clincher

Westfield Technical Academy's John Goretskiy unleashes a header against Ware Monday at Jachym Field. (Photo by Marc St. Onge)

Westfield Technical Academy’s John Goretskiy unleashes a header against Ware Monday at Jachym Field. (Photo by Marc St. Onge)

WESTFIELD – The Westfield Technical Academy boys’ soccer team is showing no signs of slowing down.
Alex Stepanchuk scored a hat trick, and the undefeated Westfield Tech Tigers shut out the Ware Indians 3-1 Monday at Jachym Field. The victory clinches a tournament berth for the Tigers.
“Last year, we expected to qualify as early as possible,” said Westfield Tech coach Kyle Dulude. “This year, we were hoping to qualify and are excited to have done it as quick as possible.”
There were several questions surrounding the team coming into this season.
“There were some major gaps to fill from last year,” Dulude acknowledged. “The combination of work ethic and togetherness are contributing to this year’s success.”
“The program has really focused on the family concept and being there for each other … These guys can really click with the support they have for each other.”
Stepanchuk received support from Vitaliy Melnik (2 assists) and Dominic Rosario (assist) on Monday.
The Tigers ran their record to 9-0.

Bombers complete comeback win
Westfield 2, Northampton 1

Westfield scored a pair of second half goals – one from Ryan Prenosil, the other from Dante White – to rally Westfield on the road.
Prenosil knotted the game at 1-all with 17 minutes remaining in the game. Matt Chlastawa assisted on the play.
White notched the game-winner three minutes later off a pass from Matt Butera.
“It was a tale of two halves for us,” Westfield coach Andrew Joseph said. “We were definitely rusty in the first half. We had to shake the rust off, and then in the second half we were excellent. We definitely played to our capabilities in the second half.”

Rams punch tourney ticket
Southwick 0, Frontier 0

Sometimes scoring no goals or recording a tie is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, in this case, it was a good thing as Monday’s scoreless tie ensured Southwick (7-0-2) of a postseason berth.
Rams’ Nick Chambers (3 saves) earned a shutout in goal.

Bombers top Blue Devils
Westfield 163, Northampton 193

Jack Hogan and Neil Sheehan shot a 38 and 39, respectively, to lead Westfield at Northampton Country Club.
With the win, the Bombers need just one win to earn a postseason berth.

Bombers upend Lions
Westfield def. Ludlow 25-28, 25-27, 25-22, 25-16

Kelsey Johnstone delivered 20 assists, seven aces, and two kills; Alex Morin collected nine kills, four blocks, and two aces; and, McKenzie Chabon had 10 kills and eight aces to help Westfield turn back Ludlow.

Putnam stops Rams
Putnam def. Southwick 15-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-10

Caroline Methe (14 assists, 7 aces), Taylor Keiderling (9 kills), and Emily Lachtara (9 kills) contributed for Southwick.

Beavers silence Saints
Putnam 4, St. Mary 0

St. Mary goalie Francesca Deperogola made several stops for St. Mary, and the Saints put together other solid efforts despite the loss.

Frontier 2, Southwick 1

Jameson Secovich scored the lone Southwick goal. Kacper Kisala earned the assist.
It was the first loss of the season for the Rams’ JV unit, which fell to 7-1.

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