Roundup: Pittsfield girls soccer team keeps playoff hopes alive with win over Monument Mountain
PHS scored twice in the second half and Hayley Tobin made seven saves as the Generals beat Monument Mountain 2-0 Saturday at Kirvin Park, handing the Spartans their first league loss. Berkshire North champion Monument finishes 10-3-5 and 5-1-2 in the division. PHS is 5-9-3 and 2-2-3, and must either beat or tie Wahconah in Dalton on Monday.
"They came out and played really great team ball today," PHS coach Andy Waluszko said of his side. "Second effort was there, they were working really hard and they were communicating. This is probably one of the youngest teams I've had in years. It's taken a while to gel together, but they worked really hard today. They still have a chance to make tournament."
After a scoreless first half, Julia Eline-Wright broke the tie on a 20-yard shot at 51:29. Eight minutes later, freshman Sadie Tierney scored her first varsity goal, and the Generals were on their way.
Monument goalkeeper Helen Pajeski did her part to keep the Spartans in the game, making 13 saves.
Waluszko credited his team's back line of Sadie Supranowicz, Britney Perkett, Natasha Shade and Grace Cella for helping keep the Spartan attack under wraps.
Monument 0 0 — 0
Pittsfield 0 2 — 2
P — Julia Eline-Wright (Kendra Buda), 51:29. P — Sadie Tierney (Nicole Brindle), 59:13.
Saves — MM: Helen Pajeski 13. P: Hayley Tobin 7.
Mount Greylock 5, Hampshire Regional 1
WESTHAMPTON — Sophomore Finn Welch scored his first two varsity goals of the season, as visiting Mount Greylock (9-4-2) erupted for four goals in the second half to pull away from Hampshire.
Brady Foehl picked up assists on both of Welch's goals.
Greylock wraps up the regular season on Monday against Lenox.
Mount Greylock 1 4 — 5
Hampshire 0 1 — 1
MG — Finn Welch (Brady Foehl), 13:00.
MG — Emi Soza-Foias (Sam Dils) 42:00. H — Mike McColgan (Justin Szwajkowski), 46:00. MG — Welch (B. Foehl), 52:00. MG — Dils (Toby Foehl), 56:00. MG — Jeffrey Bath (unassisted), 69:00.
Saves — MG: David Falk 1, Sam Edge 1. H: Derek Barber 8.
AJCA golf qualifier
WILLIAMSTOWN — McCann Tech golfer Ryan Baran needed a one-hole playoff to qualify for the American Junior Golf Association May Qualifier at Waubeeka next spring.
Baran and Lenox's Max Digrigoli both finished with a 90. Digrigoli three-putted on the first playoff hole, and Baran earned the second automatic bid to the May tourney.
Ryan Boduch of Greenwich, N.Y., was medalist with a 78. Derek Alibozek of Hoosac Valley was in a three-way tie for fourth at 93.
Williams women's soccer
WILLIAMSTOWN — Freshman Victoria Laino scored twice in the first half, helping propel top-seeded Williams into the semifinals with a 4-0 win over No. 8 Bowdoin (9-6-1).
With the win, the No. 3 team in the nation (14-1-1) will play seventh-seeded Amherst on Saturday. The Mammoths upset No. 2 seed Connecticut College, 1-0, in a quarterfinal.
"Amherst-Williams is always fun," Williams coach Michelyne Pinard said in a release, "and Amherst-Williams on Cole [Field] is something we train all year for."
Laino's first goal came at 13:32, when she ripped a blast from the edge of the penalty area. Bowdoin goalkeeper Rachel Stout got a hand on the ball, but could not keep it out of the net. Laino's second goal came at 36:47, on a cross from Georgia Lord.
Alison Lu and Natalie Turner-Wyatt scored in the second half for the Ephs.
Whitney Lincoln made one save for the shutout.
Williams men's soccer
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Williams had battled back from a goal down as Mark Sisco-Tolomeo tied the men's soccer quarterfinal against Bowdoin in the 78th minute.
The final 12 minutes of regulation and two, 10-minute overtimes failed to decide anything. That sent the contest into penalty kicks.
Scott Macdonald, Sisco-Tolomeo and Nick Ranieri all made their shots. Williams goalkeeper Bobby Schneiderman then made a save on a shot by Wilson MacMillan, putting the sixth-seeded Ephs one shot from moving to the semifinals.
Bowdoin goalkeeper Stevie Van Siclen stopped shots by Bobby Fabricant and David Madding, while Bowdoin's Moctar Niang and Jason Oliver both put their penalties in the back of the net, as the game went into the record books as a 1-1 draw. It was the fifth tie of the season for Williams (8-3-5). Bowdoin (10-3-3), the third seed, moves to the semifinals.
"It's always disappointing to see matches like these end in a shootout," Williams coach Erin Sullivan said. "We're proud of our team's effort to fight back and level the match, and then have chances to win it."
Williams field hockey
WILLIAMSTOWN — Third-seeded Williams advanced to the field hockey semifinals with a 4-1 win over No. 6 Amherst.
Emory Sorvino got the Mammoths on the board first, but the Ephs responded with four unanswered goals.
Alex Bennett scored three, but it was Meredith Wright's goal that proved to be the game winner.
"Overall, this was a great win for our team and the program," Williams coach Alix Barrale said. "I'm excited to move more into the post-season and really show what our team is capable of."
Williams will travel to Middlebury and a date with fifth-seeded Trinity, a 3-1 win over No. 4 Hamilton. Top-seeded Middlebury will play No. 7 seed Bowdoin.
Williams is looking for its first NCAA Division III berth since 2006.
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