CHESHIRE -- Danielle Beauchemin, Lily Kronick and Abby Chaput all tallied two goals in the second half to fuel a much-needed 7-0 win for the Hoosac Valley girls’ soccer team over St. Joseph’s.
The win gives the Hurri canes 10 points in the South, tying them with Greylock atop the division and making the Oct. 19 matchup increasingly more important.
Coach Blair Mahar said a pep talk at halftime made the difference.
"We cannot tie. We cannot lose to St. Joe if we want to win the south," he said was the message. "They brought that northern division level of play [they had against Wahconah]."
A win on Saturday clinches a berth in the Western Mass. tournament.
Beauchemin started the second-half onslaught just four minutes after the break and followed it up with another six minutes later. Kronick and Chaput then alternated scoring over the next 22 minutes. Meg Richardson had an easy time in goal, needing to make just one save before leaving the penalty box to play the field.
"[Crusaders keeper] Kendall [Smith] was great in the first half," Mahar said. "She literally kept St. Joe in it."
McCann girls’ soccer
SPRINGFIELD -- Mary Nguyen added to her school record point total with a first-half goal, but Renaissance tied the game late and the two teams settled for a 1-1 tie.
"We had our opportunities," coach Mike Dowling said. "We hit the post a couple times, hit the cross bar in first
The tie completes a stretch of 10 games in 15 school days.
"That’s a nasty stretch," Dowling said.
McCann stays a game ahead of Renaissance in the standings. Alex Wood finished with three saves for the Hornets.
McCann boys’ soccer
SHEFFIELD -- Sage Angell scored two of Mount Everett’s first-half goals as the Eagles ended a six-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over McCann.
"The big thing is we got up 3-0 in the first half," said Everett coach Jesse Carpenter said. "In our six-game losing streak, we gave up 19 goals in the second half."
Angell scored the Eagles’ first goal and second goal. Carpenter said the second goal was outstanding. Erik Derwitsch played a ball from midfield into the box and Angell headed it past McCann keeper P.J. Laliberte for the goal.
Hoosac, Greylock golf
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Chad Alibozek conquered the elements to earn medalist honors as Hoosac Valley beat Mount Greylock in the Mounties’ season-finale.
The Hurricanes beat the Mounties 171-199, ending Greylock’s season at 0-15.
"They learned a lot," said Greylock coach Luke Polidoro, who returns his entire team next year. "Ever kid on the team improved. They learned that golf is not as easy as other sports."
Alibozek would have had a par 36 on Waubeeka’s front nine were it not for a bogey on the final hole.
"His 37 today says he’s ready to play" in Sunday’s Berkshire Classic tournament, said Polidoro. "He’s so solid. He doesn’t make bad mistakes."