High schools: Frontier, Easthampton play to 2-2 draw in heavyweight showdown

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Published: 10/12/2021 9:18:57 PM
Modified: 10/12/2021 9:19:03 PM

Little separated two of the top teams in Division 4 Tuesday night in South Deerfield, as Frontier and Easthampton played to a 2-2 draw in a Moriarty League boys soccer contest.

Frontier's Cairn Bright got the scoring started with a rocket of a free kick from 25 yards out in the 17th minute, staking the Hawks to a 1-0 advantage.

The lead was short-lived however, as Easthampton equalized just two minutes later when Carter Hebert buried a well-placed left-footed shot to make it 1-1.

Frontier (10-0-1) retook the lead in the 31st minute, capitalizing on a miscue. Bright's long free kick from just inside midfield was floated toward the Easthampton goal, and keeper Griffin Foskitt skied to get a hand on the ball. It deflected off his tips and went over his head however, where Dante Ruggiano was waiting to bury the loose ball into an empty net for a 2-1 lead.

Just like earlier however, Easthampton (8-1-2) had a quick answer. Two minutes after the Frontier tally, Hebert played a ball wide to Gabe Rapoza, who crossed it into the box. The ball deflected off a Frontier defender, and beat goalie Dylan Martin to pull the Eagles back level at 2-2.

The teams played a scoreless second half, and both sides left South Deerfield with a point.

South Hadley 3, Mahar 2 — A pair of goals from Cole Johnson had the Senators right in the game, but host South Hadley held on for a 3-2 victory Tuesday.

Charlie Anischik tallied twice for the Tigers. Tristan Gaj made 14 saves in the loss. 

Hampden Charter 3, Mohawk Trail 0 — Connor Herzig and Logan Brothers each made five saves in the Warriors 3-0 loss to the Wolves on Tuesday in Buckland. 

John Guzman Jimenez scored all three goals for Hampden Charter. 

Girls soccer

Athol 6, Franklin Tech 0 — Liz Mailloux scored three first half goals and finished with four on the night to lead the Bears to a 6-0 win over the Eagles in Turners on Tuesday. 

Samantha Mailloux and Kendall Deleo also found the back of the net for Athol. 

Emily Merritt made six saves in the loss while Jill Crowningshield, Jocelyn Wyman, Ella Kolodziej and Olivia Bassingthwaite played well for Franklin Tech. 

Field hockey

Athol 0, Pioneer 0 — Both defenses showed up on Tuesday, leading to a 0-0 County League draw in Northfield. 

Kelly Baird made two saves for Pioneer while Sam Kenniff had nine saves for Athol. 

Franklin Tech 3, Amherst 0 — Lauren Ross tallied a first-half goal to get the Eagles off a running, and she added another in the third quarter en route to a 3-0 victory over Amherst Tuesday afternoon.

Franklin Tech led 1-0 at halftime before Ross and Hannah Gilbert provided some insurance in the third quarter. Lilly Ross and Kate Trudeau notched assists while Gilbert also registered a helper.

“We did all the little things right today,” Franklin Tech coach Rian Lovett said.

Goalie Madison Markwell made three saves to pick up the shutout.

Southwick 3, Mahar 0 — Bella Bisceglia made three saves, and host Mahar held Southwick off the board over the final two quarters in a 3-0 loss Tuesday in Orange.

Agnetha Furst, Alyssa Jacob and Agatha Hatzidakis scored for the Rams, which led 3-0 at halftime.

Mahar’s busy schedule continues Wednesday at home against Franklin Tech.

Westfield 7, Turners 0 — David Stowe made 25 saves in net for the Thunder, but high-powered Westfield snagged a 7-0 Valley League win Tuesday.

The Bombers, which led 2-0 at halftime, received two goals apiece from Lilly Taglieri and Jess Isler.

East Longmeadow 5, Mohawk Trail 1 — Kordaryl Kendall made 11 saves as the Warriors fell to the Spartans, 5-1, on Tuesday. 

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