WHS in league of own

WESTFIELD – The Westfield High School boys’ soccer team has gone where no Bombers’ squad has gone before. At least in the last several years, that is.
Westfield tied Central 0-0 at Berte Field Monday to clinch its first high school boys’ soccer league title in recent memory.
“We dominated the game, just didn’t score,” Westfield coach Andrew Joseph said.
Despite the lack of any scores, Westfield achieved several goals. The Bombers not only secured a league championship, but also netted one point for the tie to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship.
“We’re excited about that,” coach Joseph said.
Westfield goalie Ian Saltmarsh finished with six saves.

Gators blank Renaissance
Gateway 3, Renaissance 0

John Rooney scored two goals, and Joe Coon had one assist for Gateway (8-4-3), which earned a postseason berth with the victory. Ben Jameson, Alex Webb, and Anthony Palazzi assisted.
Gators’ goalies Shane Mastello and Brady Parker combined for three saves, and the shutout.

Tigers shut out Eagles
Westfield Technical Academy 3, Franklin Tech 0

Alex Stepanchuk scored twice, and Josh Bush tallied one for Westfield Tech. Sergiy Kabysh and Dominic Rosario each had an assist.
Tigers’ goalie Anatoliy Suprunchuk made seven saves.

Westfield’s Rachel Gelina attempts to dribble the ball past a Minnechaug defender. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield’s Rachel Gelina attempts to dribble the ball past a Minnechaug defender. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Soares, Panthers soar past Rams
Palmer 2, Southwick 1

Joao Soares scored one goal in each half to lead Palmer at Legion Field. Brandon Castor scored the lone goal for Southwick.

Butler does it for Saints
McCann Tech 2, St. Mary 1

Jacob Butler finished with 18 saves for St. Mary.

DePergola stops 22 shots
Smith Voke 7, St. Mary 0

St. Mary goalie Francesca DePergola made 22 saves on 29 shots to close in on 1000 career saves. DePergola now needs 36 to reach that mark.
Lexi Shedd also had a fantastic game on the front line, putting many of St. Mary’s shots on goal. Saints’ Brianna Rivera and Elisa Kosinsky were solid in support.
St. Mary defenders Sam Mancino, Jenna Turrini, and Steph Allen did all they could to try and contain the Smith Voke offense.
“This team is better than their record shows,” St. Mary coach Andy Lussier said. “They have the desire, they are gaining confidence, and they are working better every time they step on the field.”


East Longmeadow captured the Western Massachusetts Division 1 golf championship (336 points) behind individual champion Noah Peterson, who shot a first-place score of 78 Monday at Wilbraham Country Club.
Agawam (340), Longmeadow (341), Minnechaug (347), and Ludlow (355) rounded out the top five.
Westfield golfer Ryan Towle shot an 84 to advance to the state tournament.

Bombers edge Rams
Westfield def. Southwick, 25-21, 25-15, 18-25, 25-17

Kelcey Johnstone collected 23 assists and six aces, Alexa Morin (3 blocks) and Mckenzie Chaban (2 aces) each had eight kills, and Mia Pavyluk finished with seven kills and five aces to propel Westfield on the road.
Emily Lachtara (4 aces, 3 kills), Olivia Diamond (4 aces, 12 digs, 6 assists, 3 kills), Olivia Diamond (4 aces, 12 digs, 6 assists, 3 kills), Caroline Methe (5 digs, 8 assists, 3 aces), Ashley Consolini (5 kills, 3 aces), and Taylor Keiderling (2 kills, 3 aces) all contributed for Southwick.

Falcons double up WHS
Minnechaug 4, Westfield 2

Mary Kate Moriarty scored two goals, Kamryn Jebb had two assists, and two other Falcons scored to lead Minnechaug at home.
Julia Rowbotham and Leighanne Sullivan scored one goal apiece for Westfield. Jordan Bower and Olivia Chaoush were credited with assists.

Friday, October 16
St. Mary 2, Commerce 2

Olivia White scored two goals to help St. Mary achieve a tie on the road. Converted goalie Francesca DePergola assisted on both scores.
“The combination of Olivia White and Francesca DePergola up front kept us with many scoring opportunities,” said St. Mary coach Andy Lussier, whose team put 25 shots on net. “We eventually put two in the net.”
It was another solid game that easily could have resulted in a victory.
“Our lack of subs creates a challenge in keeping fresh legs on the field. On the whole, the team is beginning to gel and are hungry for wins.”
Jenna Turrini, Brianna Rivera and Steph Allen delivered solid defensive play for St. Mary. Saints’ goalie Jess Crosby made 11 saves.

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