Western Mass. Girls Soccer Top 20: Belchertown remains in the lead, Drury enters the mix
The Western Mass. Girls Soccer Top 20 will be released every Tuesday of the fall regular season.
Previous rankings: Sep 14, Sep 21, Sep 28
- Belchertown (8-0-1, last week: # 1)
- East Longmeadow (8-2, n ° 2)
- Agawam (10-0, n ° 3)
- South Hadley (7-2, n ° 5)
- Ludlow (7-4, n ° 4)
- My sound (9-0, n ° 6)
- Long Prairie (6-1-1, n ° 7)
- Minnechaug (6-3-1, n ° 8)
- Palmer (7-1, n ° 10)
- Amherst (7-1, n ° 13)
- Pope Francis (9-1, n ° 17)
- Wahconah (4-4, n ° 14)
- Northampton (3-4-2, n ° 15)
- Springfield West (0-7, n ° 11)
- Hampshire (2-5-2, n ° 16)
- Westfield (2-6, n ° 9)
- Central (5-2-1, n ° 19)
- Chicopee (3-4, no.12)
- Chicopee Comp (2-6-2, n ° 18)
- Dry (8-0-1, NR)
Despite several changes over the past week, four undefeated teams remain in the Top 20, with Belchertown Women’s Soccer still in the lead. After securing back-to-back road wins over Westfield and Amherst by 10 combined points, the Orioles were quick to settle for a 0-0 stalemate against a respectable Minnechaug side to start the new month.
Belchertown will welcome Ludlow to town on Thursday, October 7 at 4 p.m.
One of four ranked teams to go undefeated so far, Agawam continues to do business against tough teams. It remains impressive that the Brownies’ record is 10-0, especially since each of their opponents has been ranked. Either way, Agawam coach Laura Wray-Ramos’ decision to shift star Emily DeGeorge from defense to attack this season has paid off as the senior midfielder sits eighth in the league. region for scoring with 15 goals and two assists.
On the defensive end, however, the double threat of teammates Clara Laudato (44 saves) and Kayla Santucci (13 saves) at net helped the Brownies register seven shutouts this season, including three consecutive.
Since suffering a first-season loss to Ludlow, South Hadley has led opponents by a 29-5 margin, including four consecutive shutouts, to help improve their record to 7-2. Every time the Tigers step onto the pitch, coach Rich Marjanski expects a full 80-minute effort. And over the course of nine games, 12 members of her team registered at least one point, including 14 points (11Gs, 3A) from a familiar face of Lauren Marjanski.
South Hadley’s next stretch will likely be their toughest stretch of the fall, as they are set to face Longmeadow, Agawam and Wahconah in an upcoming seven-day stretch.
Things are sure to stay interesting at the top of the rankings.
One of the region’s most anticipated games was scheduled last week between Belchertown and Amherst. In the end, Avery Klingensmith and Alexa LaFlamme scored the deciding points to ensure the Orioles came out victorious, 2-0, in a battle of the unbeaten. After dominating their opponents 23-1 in the first seven games, the Hurricanes have failed to find the back of the net for the first time this year.
Still, age only seems like a number for an Amherst team of seven underclassmen. First-year student Madeline Hockman is the 16th leading scorer in western Massachusetts with nine goals and two assists. The Hurricanes are looking to return to the road wins column against Easthampton scheduled for Thursday, October 7 at 4:30 p.m.
Pope Francis suffered his first loss of the season last month, a 3-1 decision over East Longmeadow. Since then, the Cardinals have beaten opponents like Franklin Tech, St. Mary and Athol by a total of 21 goals to improve their record to 9-1 and move up several positions in the standings. After registering just 11 points in last year’s freshman campaign, Isabella Meadows quickly made a name for herself as a top scorer with career highs with 26 goals and five assists. Senior teammates Lily Turmel (15 points) and goalkeeper Sophia Roselli (43 saves) were also perfect helping hands.
To stay on the scoring side, however, Hopkins’ Tia Fyden is just behind Meadows with 24 goals and 13 assists, while Monson’s Tennesee Murphy rounds out the top three with a total of 30 points (22 G, 8 A).
After three straight weeks on this list, Pittsfield’s nine-game losing streak was too much to overcome as they were traded with another Berkshire side at Drury. As previously stated, the Blue Devils are among the few ranked groups that have yet to lose (so far). In addition, they currently holds a two-game lead over the Golden Hawks in the Pioneer South standings to make things sweeter.
Helping them maintain that feat could be the fact that they outscored their opponents 66-1 in nine games. Or it could even be that Drury has two members in Kayla McGrath (20G, 2A) and Elli Miles (14B, 8A) on the top 25 list. But, whatever the reasoning, things are starting to take shape, coming in halfway.