WMass Div. 3 Boys Soccer: Mahar ousted in quarterfinals

Staff Writer
Published: 11/8/2019 6:56:14 PM
Modified: 11/8/2019 6:56:01 PM

LUDLOW —   The Belchertown boys soccer team scored early and often, downing Mahar Regional, 5-0, in the Western Mass. Division 3 quarterfinals at Lusitano Stadium during frigid conditions on Friday afternoon.

The third-seeded Orioles scored at 38 minutes, 9 seconds of the first half on a goal by Nathaniel Schiffer then again five minutes later to pull ahead quickly against the No. 6 Senators.

“That’s what we kind of talked about,” Belchertown coach Zach Siano said. “If we can get a couple early, we’ll beat them down a little bit. They should have beat us the first go-around.” 

The Orioles and Senators played to a 1-1 draw during the regular season.

“We had to knock out any confidence they had going forward,” Siano said.  “To score two minutes into the game, it’s a big boost. To get a couple others pretty quickly definitely set the tone for the rest of the day.”

Belchertown plays the  winner of No. 2 Pope Francis and No. 7 Southwick, who play on Saturday. Date and time to be determined. 

“We have four games left,” Siano said. “Our whole goal going into this was to play five games. Just have to build off this momentum and go forward against a great team.”

The Orioles (10-5-6) kept possession on Mahar’s (14-3-3) defensive side of the ball for most of the match.

“They’re a really strong program,” Mahar coach Dan Guertin said. “They are really deep. It’s a good soccer town.”

Mahar seniors Logan Dodge, Riley Drew, Robert Harris, Andrew Herk, Aiden Lupien, Jon Mahony, James Temple and Cameron Williams played their final game for the soccer program.

“I’ll remember all of them,” Guertin said of his senior class. “They had a good run for a few years here. But it’s always disappointing to lose the last game you play.”

Hunter LePage assisted on Schiffer’s opening goal.

Antonio Martel did not have to make a save until the second half on a shot by Drew. Martell made three saves in the shutout. 

Shay O’Neill scored Belchertown’s second goal on a rebound after a corner kick at 33:50 of the first half.

Ethan Czaporowski gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead on an assist from Joseph Bianco.

Belchertown added one more first half goal by Zach Lajeunesse to send the Orioles into the intermission leading 4-0.

Nathan Davis scored a late second-half goal for the Orioles on a header off a corner kick by Schiffer. 

Dodge was busy in net for the Senators, making 11 saves. 

Belchertown 5 , Mahar 0









Goals: (B) Schiffer, O’Neill, Czaporowski, Lajeunesse, Davis

Assists: (B) LePage, Bianco, Schiffer

Saves: (M) Dodge 11. (B) Martel 3.

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