Tuesday September 18, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Andy Waluszko said he figured his Pittsfield girls soccer team might be lucky to go 3-3 over the first six games of the season.

A rare 1-0 win over Ludlow put the Generals at an unbeaten 5-0-1 on Monday.

"They’re a powerhouse," the coach said following the win at Kirvin Park. "To beat them makes a statement. ... It shows we can play at that level."

Pittsfield controlled the play against the Lions (2-2), but couldn’t break through until the 45th minute. That’s when Nicole Alfonsi headed a corner kick by Carly Robinson into the back of the net. Freshman Allie Hunt and the Pittsfield defense made the goal stand up, stretching the Generals shutout streak to 403 minutes. Pittsfield has allowed just one goal all season.

Ludlow coach Katie Marino said this appears to be one of the best Generals teams she has ever seen.

"Pittsfield just looked hungry," Marino said. "They looked like they wanted to win from the second the whistle blew. They played aggressive, they played smart. ... I’m really impressed. I think they’re definitely a tournament team."

Waluszko said good goalkeeping, a balanced offense -- including those dangerous set pieces -- and a strong defense have all contributed to the unbeaten start. Hunt has had no trouble taking over the starting role thanks to the defense. That unit, led by Morgan Matthews and Meghan Driscoll, sniffed out plenty of dangerous opportunities on Monday. The defense also pushed into the midfield when needed, keeping the pressure on.

"We’re starting off the season really well," Waluszko said. "I think a lot of that had to do with the prep work we did before the season started."

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Pittsfield 0 1 -- 1

Ludlow 0 0 -- 0

Second half

P -- Nicole Alfonsi (Carly Robinson), 44:09.

Saves -- P: Allie Hunt 4; L: Amanda Matias 4.

Mount Everett 2, Putnam 0

SPRINGFIELD -- Deseraye Conaway and Chelsea Balestro scored for the Eagles, who outshot their hosts 17-3. Still, Mount Everett coach Jess Tomich expected more goals.

"We just couldn’t finish on the net," she said.

Of the defense, though, Tomich said the ball "rarely got into our half of the field. They locked it in really well."

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Everett 1 1--2

Putnam 0 0--0

First half

ME--Deseraye Conaway (unassisted), 19:00

Second half

ME--Chelsea Balestro (UA), 55:00

Saves: ME--Sam Hoover 1. P--Brittany Spaulding 9.

Boys soccer
St. Joe’s 8, McCann Tech 4

PITTSFIELD -- Matt Begrowicz had four goals while Jongmon Hong added three goals to lead St. Joseph’s to the high-scoring win.

Mike Belowski also added a goal. Shaun Parzick made five saves for the win.

"Both teams were good," St. Joe’s coach Aziz Adjao said. "St. Joe’s played a little bit better."

Shane Fuller scored twice for McCann Tech while Jon Leal and Damon Couture added first-half goals.

Golf
Greenfield 17, McCann 7

ADAMS -- The Hornets scored the most points yet in a match, but it still wasn’t enough to top Greenfield at Forest Park.

Greenfield’s Josh Brandi took medalist honors with a 45. Robert Ferriter’s score was unavailable for McCann, but he did claim all four points for his match and was the only Hornet to do so.

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GREENFIELD (17) -- Riley Phelps 48 (3), Ben Westerman NA (0), Josh Brandi 45 (2 1/2), Colin McGahan 47 (4), Tyler Townsley 53 (3 1/2), Nick Brandi 54 (4).

MCCANN (7) -- Austin Segala 56 (1), Robert Ferriter NA (4), Dylan Jordan 49 (1 1/2), Tyler O’Neil 63 (0), Zachary Senecal 59 (1/2), Mitch Malloy 57 (0).

Lee 155, Mount Everett 176

GREAT BARRINGTON -- Jared Fadding birdied Nos. 5 and 9 on the par-34 front nine at Egremont Country Club, taking medalist honors with a 36 and leading the Wildcats.

"They were hitting the ball very well," Mount Everett coach Fred Finkle said of Lee.

Devin Farnum’s 38 led Everett.

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LEE (155) -- Jared Fadding 36, Andy Consolati 41, J.T. Brown 39, Kurt Warner 45, Devyn Olds 39, J.T. Sorrentino 47.

MOUNT EVERETT (176) -- Devin Farnum 38, Bradley Lupiani 39, Jon Ovitt 45, Kyle Smith 55, Henry Beckwith 54, Matt Morehouse 54.

Birdies -- Ovitt (Nos. 1, 6), Fadding (Nos. 5, 9).

Drury 183, Greylock 195

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Drury had four golfers in the 40s led by a 42 from Matt Lawrence to hold off the Mounties on the par-36 front nine at Waubeeka Golf Links.

Aaron St. Martin shot a 46 for the winless Mounties while Lilly Crolius fired a 47.

"We were much better than we were at Wahconah," said Greylock coach Luke Polidoro. "We were about 16 shots lower. It was a close match. Drury played well."

Polidoro said all of his starters now have a round under 50 this year. It’s just a matter of getting them all to have a good day at once.

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GREYLOCK (195) -- Aaron St. Martin 46, Matt Wiseman 51, Mike Strizzi 51, Steve Jayko 56, Lilly Crolius 47, Kyle Alvarez 58.

DRURY (183) -- Matt Lawrence 42, Alex Boulger 50, Nick Trombley 47, Jeff Hancock 49, Nick Bator 45, Nick Boulger 51.