Monday's high school soccer: Hoosac girls beat rival Drury
ADAMS -- The Hoosac Valley girls soccer team didn’t play like it was in its second game of the season. It looked far better.
The defense was solid in transition and when it got set up, and that spurred a relentless Hurricane attack that found the cracks in the Drury defense to the tune of a 5-1 win on Monday night at Renfrew Field.
"It looked kind of like Western Mass. play," Hoosac coach Blair Mahar said. "We played tonight like we often play at the end of the season."
The combination of seniors Courtney Hayer and Jenn Gale, junior Cali Romaniak and sophomore Madi Ryan took time and space away from the Blue Devils on seemingly every possession. They ran down long balls meant to spring forwards on goal-scoring runs and stepped up into the passing lanes before putting the pressure right back on Drury.
When they didn’t, Cori Ghidotti rang shots off the cross bar. The second bounced straight down and off goalkeeper Megan Richardson with 15 minutes, 23 seconds to play for Drury’s lone goal.
"We have a really strong defense," senior midfielder Meg Rodowicz said. "We have four girls back there that have been playing that position for years, and it just really helps having the experience back there."
By that point, it was too little too late. Hoosac was already leading 3-0 on goals by Lily Kronick, Abby Chaput and Rodowicz. Then Madi Vigna scored 2:10 after Ghidotti’s marker to steal any momentum Drury had gained right back. Rodowicz added another with 5:09 left on a set piece to complete the scoring.
"Our goal was to come out there and take it to them as best we could," Rodowicz said. "I think we did a pretty good job of it."
Drury played its best soccer in the five minutes after halftime, trading chances with Hoosac. The Blue Devils couldn’t beat Richardson -- or the cross bar.
Ghidotti hit the bar for the first time 2:15 into the second half, and Drury couldn’t convert the rebound. Celene Koperek tested Richardson two minutes later with a solid left-footed shot, but it was right on. That was Drury’s last good chance until Ghidotti’s goal.
"Good teams find a way to finish," Drury coach Molly Meczywor said. "I think that they found the chances that they had and they finished on the chances."
Drury 0 1 -- 1
Hoosac 2 3 -- 5
HV -- Lily Kronick (unassisted), 5:43.
HV -- Abby Chaput (Kronick), 31:56.
HV -- Meg Rodowicz (Kronick), 53:00.
D -- Cori Ghidotti (Morgan Lamarre), 64:37.
HV -- Madi Vigna (Taylor Kline), 67:47.
HV -- Rodowicz (UA), 74:51.
Saves -- Drury: Allison Meehan 21; HV: Megan Richardson 8.
Monument 1, Wahconah 0
DALTON -- When a team outshoots its opponent, a loss is an unfortunate outcome. When the winning goal comes early in the first half on an own goal, it makes a loss more disheartening.
That’s what happened to Wahconah on Monday, in a 1-0 loss to visiting Monument Mountain.
The 14 shots by Wahconah led to 12 saves from goalkeeper Emily Shaw, who recorded the shutout. The own goal came 14 minutes, 12 seconds into the game.
Coach Pat West said he thought his team played well even though they did not find the net.
"We played well. We had a lot of opportunities. We outshot them. But both team played great throughout," West said.
Monument 1 0--1
Wahconah 0 0--0
MM -- Wahconah own goal, 14:12
Saves: -- MM: Emily Shaw 12, W: Jamie Downer 0, Kayla Kowalczyk 0.
Pittsfield 3, Lenox 1
PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield girls soccer team picked up its second win of the season.
The match Monday was the first North Division game for the Generals (2-0-0).
The Alfonsi twins led the Pittsfield attack, accounting for all three during the goals in the game.
The first goal came 21:44 into the first half. Lindsay Neuberger sent a corner kick to Nicole Alfonsi. She put the ball in the net, giving her team a 1-0 lead.
With eight minutes left in the first half, Kara Alfonsi scored to put her team up 2-0 going into the half.
The Millionaires would answer, however, when Allie Connell was fouled inside the penalty box. Connell converted on her penalty kick, cutting the Generals lead to 2-1. But Kara Alfonsi iced the game with 20 minutes left, scoring her second goal of the game and sealing the win.
"We had a lot of opportunities, but [Lenox moved the ball well," Pittsfield coach Andy Waluszko said. "We put a lot of pressure on them in the second half. But it was a well played game."
Lenox 0 1 -- 1
Pittsfield 1 2 -- 3
P -- Nicole Alfonsi (Lindsay Neuberger), 21:44.
P -- Kara Alfonsi (unassisted), 32:45.
L -- Allie Connell (penalty kick), 41:42
P -- Kara Alfonsi (unassisted), 60:00
Saves -- L: Lindsey Kelly 10, P: Allie Hunt 1.
Taconic 9, St. Joseph 0
PITTSFIELD -- St. Joe girls soccer coach Gordie Roberts said his young team is still trying to gain chemistry.
The girls from Taconic, however, appeared to be in sync Monday.
Seven different girls scored for the Crusaders. Jade Schnauber and Gillian Campbell scored twice, while Lisa Laughnane, Catherine Barry, Lindsey Coe and Mallorie Smith each scored once.
Camila Gomez was active in goal for the Crusaders with 11 saves. Brooke Mangiardi had two saves for the Braves.
After the game, Roberts said the veteran Braves were a tough challenge for his team.
"We’re still growing. [Taconic] has a lot of experience. They’re pretty senior-heavy," Roberts said. "We’re still feeling our way out there."
Lee 1, Everett 1
LEE -- Holly Retzel’s unassisted goal in the 67th minute put the host Wildcats on the board and enabled them to get the draw.
Eagles goalie Sam Hoover had nine saves and thwarted numerous offensive chances for Lee.
"She’s very aggressive," Lee coach Lauren Finnegan said. "We moved the ball well. Finally, we found the back of the net."
Gwendolyn Carpenter got Mount Everett’s only goal.
Everett 1 0 -- 1
Lee 0 1 -- 1
ME -- Gwendolyn Carpenter (Lydia McBride), 31st minute.
L -- Holly Retzel (UA), 67th minute.
Saves -- ME: Sam Hoover 9. L: Emily Sands 4.
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