Roundup: Pittsfield girls soccer team downed by West Springfield in Western Mass. D-I quarterfinals
WEST SPRINGFIELD — After an incredible run of results got the Pittsfield girls soccer team into the Western Massachusetts Division I tournament, the Generals fell in their quarterfinal opener to No. 1 West Springfield, 3-0.
Riding a streak of three consecutive wins over Berkshire North foes to a postseason bid, PHS came in blazing as a dangerous No. 8 seed. Having already met the unbeaten Terriers during the regular season (5-0 loss), Pittsfield had no fear entering bracket play.
"I was very proud of how they responded. They didn't stop all game long, never quit. We've had our backs to the wall for over two weeks now and the girls never backed down," said Pittsfield coach Andy Waluszko. "We made adjustments and battled them this time. We were a totally different team and we had some pretty strong chances early."
West Springfield, which looked and played the part of a true juggernaut coming out of the Coombs Division with a 6-0-2 record, tagged the Generals early with a Daesia Andrews goal just a few minutes into the game. For nearly the next hour, though, Pittsfield played West Side to a draw.
Senior goalkeeper Hayley Tobin stood strong in net, recording 11 saves, while a small group of her classmates duked it out on the field with the top squad in the region. Pittsfield had only five seniors on the roster, with Tobin joined by Britney Perkett, Molly Tierney, Sadie Supranowicz and Makailey Cookis.
"I can't say enough about the seniors bringing this group together. This is one of the youngest teams I've ever had and they were fantastic coming back from four or five-goal losses to play tough in the county. Our first goal was the North, but next was to get into the tournament somehow, some way," said Waluszko. "We played a brutal non-conference schedule and dealt with a bunch of injuries, but they got us here."
The West Side defense remained stout despite repeated PHS attacks. With elite forward Julia Eline-Wright forced to the sideline with an injury, eventually the tables turned back and the Terriers got a momentum halting second goal by Chelsea Hoy with 25:23 remaining in the game. Emilia Longey tacked on an insurance tally in the 78th minute.
The Generals finish the year with a 6-10-3 record.
West Springfield 1 2 — 3
Pittsfield 0 0 — 0
WS — Daesia Andrew (Meghan McMahon), 3:24.
WS — Chelsea Hoy (Mackenzie Paulo), 54:37. WS — Emilia Longey (Paulo), 77:10.
Saves — WS: Madison McRobbie, 4. P: Hayley Tobin, 11.
No. 1 Granby 6, No. 8 Lee 0
GRANBY — The Lee girls soccer team had its season ended by No. 1 Granby in the Western Massachusetts Division IV quarterfinals, 6-0.
The Wildcats finish the year with a 10-9 record.
Coach Lauren Finnegan noted that the abruptness of the season ending is tough, but that her Wildcats made big strides throughout the season to get to the quarterfinal round.
"That's the thing with any kind of high school sports, it just stops," Finnegan said. "When it's over, it just ends. In the end, the girls made such a great advancement, from about midseason where the girls really started clicking, we put them in different positions. They got confident and started working together. That's what we took out of the season. We have some big shoes to fill but we have some really talented, young girls that got a lot of experience this season, a lot of playtime under their belts."
The Berkshire Community College basketball team went 1-2 last weekend against Goodwin College in a triple-header at BCC.
With the three games running consecutively, the teams played with running clocks.
The Falcons won the first game 55-47, then dropped the next two 49-45 and 72-46.
Scott Steinman had 16 points in the winning contest, while Dalton Nicholas had 15 and Connor McDonough had 11.
Overall, Nicholas averaged 14.33 points per game over the three contests to lead all BCC scorers.
The Falcons are back in action on Saturday at Fairfield University.
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