The Mahar girls soccer team earned their second straight Franklin County League championship with a 4-2 victory over Mohawk. The Lady Senators (11-4-2) came into the night with a 6-0-0 mark in the FCL, one game better than Mohawk’s 5-1-0 league record, and withstood the Warriors best effort to earn the title.
“It’s really nice to get another league title and establish some consistency within our league,” said Mahar head coach Chad Softic. “But we certainly know there are some challenges that away come tournament time.”
Mary Parse and Kenzie Tenney continued their dominance up top for the Senators and each player scored twice in the win.
“Our strikers were working hard and gave us a lot of opportunities,” said Softic. “Kenzie and Mary continue to capitalize when given the opportunities.”
Parse got Mahar on the board in the 4th minute as she knocked home a cross from Carly Jillson. Parse scored her second goal of the night in the 20th minute after Tenney fired a beautiful cross from the end line and Parse knocked it home. Mohawk made things interesting when Sarah Gokey converted a pass from Lily Seaver in the 29th minute. The Senators caught a break in the 55th minute when Tenney was awarded a penalty kick. The sophomore strikers knocked it home for a 3-1 lead.
Kaylee Quenneville’s goal in the 74th minute cut the Mahar lead back to one, but Tenney ripped a rocket from the top of the 18 with 1:30 to play to cement the victory. Katie Cleveland recorded the assist. The Senators held a narrow 16-14 edge in shots. Elysha Bedard made 11 saves for the win. Softic also noted the strong play of Cassie Verheyen in the midfield.
“I thought she played as well as anyone on the field,” said Softic.
Mahar rounds out their regular season Friday when they host Greenfield. The Senators won the junior varsity contest 7-0.
Jeanne Grutchfield and Sam Rowe each scored twice in the win. Mollie Burke, Calista Sawin and Mykela Taylor also scored. Sophia Apteker, Rowe, Sarah Graeff and Burke had assists. Abby Bonk, Jordan Martin and Apteker all played well for the Senators. Marie Nottleson, Shelby Ponusky and Rowe split time in net for the shutout.