Tigers season ends; tourney on deck

Liliya Stepanchuk fights for control of the ball

WESTFIELD – Westfield Tech fell to visiting Putnam 2-0 in the team’s final girls soccer game of the regular season Monday, but according to Tigers’ coach Lyle Washington it is only a minor blip on the radar.
“My amazing group of girls were just a little off today – one step behind on 50/50 balls and plays in general, and Putnam stepped up,” coach Washington said. “They just had an off day today.”
Westfield Tech freshman sweeper Angelica Chepurin had an amazing game, shutting down several scoring opportunities.
“I can’t wait to see where Angelica is two, three, or four years into her high school career,” Washington said. “I don’t think there’s a coach in Western Mass that wouldn’t want her on their team.”
First thing is first though, Westfield Tech, after ending a lengthy postseason drought will now prepare for the Western Mass tournament.
“My girls have trained hard all season and reached the playoffs for the first time in quite a few years,” Washington said. “I’m proud of them.”

Rams sneak past Red Raiders
Southwick 2, Hampshire 1

Liz Tenerowicz and Autumn Waitt scored one goal apiece to lead Southwick a big home victory. Gillian Ensign had an assist.
Southwick goalie Hannah Gerrish made 10 saves to preserve the win.

Goodreau nets hat trick
Hampden Charter School of Science 9, St. Mary’s 3

Allie Goodreau registered a hat trick, scoring all three goals for St. Mary’s. Caroline Leahy collected an assist.
St. Mary’s goalie Amelia Willenborg finished with five saves.

Gators net final tie
Gateway 1, Mount Everett 1

Evan Lee scored off a pass from Jayden Marge, netting Gateway’s lone goal.
“It was a pretty big finish for us,” said Gateway coach Tim Gamble, whose team finished the season on a high note. The Gators were 1-15-2 overall.
Alex Auclair and Joe Coon played great defensively, and Ethan Saunders and Marge were solid as well.
John Foley recorded four first-half saves for Gateway; Gators’ Preston Coffey made four in the second half.

Hampshire 3, Southwick 2

Emily Lippert and Makaila Davenport scored one goal apiece for Southwick. Rayna Humason and Malleigh McGivney assisted.
Rams’ goalies Isabella Poules (3 saves), Sophia Andrade (2) and Hannah Burke (2) combined for 7 saves.

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