High schools: Ally Raymond scores twice for Athol in victory over Hopkins

  • Angelica Baptista of Athol surges through the defense against Hopkins Academy, Thursday in Athol.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Angelica Baptista of Athol makes a pass against Hopkins Academy, Thursday in Athol.   FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Emma Bacigalupo of Athol looks to make a pass against Hopkins Academy, Thursday in Athol.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Grace Dufour of Athol scores on a direct kick against Hopkins Academy, Thursday in Athol.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Ally Raymond of Athol advances past defenders against Hopkins Academy, Thursday in Athol.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Emily England of Athol closes in a Hopkins Academy player, Thursday in Athol.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

Staff Writer
Published: 10/5/2018 12:59:42 AM
Modified: 10/5/2018 1:00:37 AM

ATHOL — After missing some early scoring opportunities, the Athol girls soccer team started finding the net in the second half of a 3-1 win over Hopkins Academy, Thursday night.

“We had a steady game,” Athol coach Tim Cleveland said. “We controlled possession which is what we wanted to do. We played a consistent game. We just scored the goals in the second half.”

Ally Raymond scored the first of her two goals a little over a minute into the second half for the Red Raiders (6-5, 3-3 Pioneer North).

“It was good to help the team like that,” Raymond said.

Her second goal came on a header off a nice feed from Grace Dufour. In between Raymond’s goal, Dufour scored a goal of her own on a direct kick near the sideline.

“I was close enough to just try and bend it in,” Dufour said. “Just try to get it on the net and if not someone else could get the rebound.”

Cleveland yelled at Dufour (two assists) to wait before the kick, but it was already in the air. Dufour only plays at one speed: very, very fast.

“I just wanted her to slow down,” Cleveland said. “She tends to play at 900 miles per hour.”

The game was scoreless at halftime. Raymond had a breakaway in the first half, but sent her shot directly at Hopkins keeper Gabby Palmisano.

“It’s just really about taking care of business,” Cleveland said. “We were able to convert on those bang-bang plays. When those things happen you win games.”

Jenna St. Cyr made nine saves for the Red Raiders. Starting keeper Hailey Wrigley is still out with a concussion.

Shelby Mailloux injured her foot and missed most of the game for Athol.

Palmisano made nine saves for the Golden Hawks (2-8, 1-6). After Athol took a 2-0 lead Samantha Jenks found Tia Faden for a Hopkins goal with around 30 minutes left.

Raymond’s header made it 3-1 with 22 minutes, 20 seconds left in the game.

Taylor Cleveland once again played well in the middle of Athol’s defense.

Boys soccer

Mahar 2, Pioneer Regional 2 — Riley Drew had two assists, but the Senators (7-3-1) settled for a tie on the road against the Panthers.

Charlie Anderson and Henry Ndayisaba scored for Mahar, while Logan Dodge made five saves.

It was scoreless at halftime.


Mahar’s Tucker Ninteau and Andrew Finch played at the PVIAC Invitational at Oak Ridg Golf Club in Agawam.

Ninteau and Finch shot a 48 on the front nine, and a 42 on the back nine for a 90 in the best-ball format.

The result was good enough for a tie for 24th overall.

Cam Kratovil and Mason Dumas of Monson won the championship with an even-par 70.


Athol 3, Greenfield 0 — The Red Raiders (1-12) picked up their first win of the season, sweeping the Green Wave on the road.

Set scores were 25-23, 25-23 and 25-18.

Abby Roberts has seven kills for Athol, while Lexi Forte added 10 digs and 12 assists.

Lexi Carrasquillo factored into the match with seven kills, five aces and 10 digs. Katelyn Mahan added eight digs and four aces for the Red Raiders.

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