Sunday October 7, 2012

Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield girls soccer team clinched its first North Division title since 2009 on Saturday, knocking off Lenox 1-0 at Clapp Park.

Morgan Matthews’ goal in the 46 minute was all the offense the Generals (10-0-2) needed.

"That was one of the goals, to win the North back," said Pittsfield coach Andy Waluszko. "They accomplished that. The other goal was to make it to the Western Mass. finals. That’s another goal that we’re trying to achieve."

Matthews moved up from her stopper position, putting a ball that Lenox had attempted to clear into the corner of the net from 20 yards out. The Millionaires had a shot to equalize, missing a penalty kick with 27 minutes left.

Waluszko said the game was a defensive battle.

"In the first half, it was played strictly between the 18s," he said. "Both defenses played really well."

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Pittsfield 1, Lenox 0

Pittsfield 0 1 -- 1

Lenox 0 0 -- 0

Second Half

P -- Morgan Matthews (UA), 45:32.

Saves -- P: Allie Hunt 2; L: Kathy Prescott 3.

Belchertown 7, Wahconah 1

BELCHERTOWN -- Wahconah trailed 5-0 at halftime, en route to a 7-1 loss.

"They are a very good soccer team," said Wahconah coach Pat West. "They are fast and they move the ball very well. We didn’t have any answers."

Shannon Lussier, assisted by Rachel Brennan, scored the Warriors’ goal in the second half.


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Payton Hines had seven saves for Wahconah (4-3-1) in the first half, while Kayla Kowalczyk had nine in the second half.

Boys
Pittsfield 4, Taconic 0

PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield got a pair of goals in each half to take a 4-0 victory over cross-town rival Taconic on Saturday afternoon.

The Generals got goals from four different players in the win.

"PHS came out very stong," said Taconic coach Mark Wisnewsky. "The game was played in our half of the field for most of the first half. we had a few chances after halftime, but, too little, too late."

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Pittsfield 2 2 -- 4

Taconic 0 0 -- 0

First half

P -- Darian Chambers (Claudio Valez) 6:12

P -- Mike Schnopp (UA) 20:10

Second half

P -- Matthias Romer (UA) 61:29

P-- Christian Sutherland (Schnopp) 79:00

Saves -- Pittsfield: Bahati Mweze 5, Taconic: Kevin Squires 3.