Six in Sight

DATE: Friday, October 20, 2017

The Lady Cougars will play for their sixth straight New England championship Sunday at 1 p.m. at home on O'Connell Field.

Emma Gomes controls the ball as she shields off a defender in an early season game.

The Holyoke Community College women's soccer team will play for its sixth straight New England Championship Sunday, Oct. 22, at home on O'Connell Field.

Game time is 1 p.m.

Undefeated in regional play with an 8-0-0 record, the Lady Cougars earned the number one seed in the title tournament. They will take on the winner of today's semi-final game between number two seed Springfield Technical Community College (5-2-1) and number three seed Massasoit Community College (4-3-1).

HCC was undefeated against both teams this season, shutting out STCC two times (4-0 and 5-0) and beating Massasoit twice (1-0 and 3-1).

Behind the outstanding goalkeeping of freshman Maddisin Atkinson (Easthampton), leadership of co-captains Allison Zollo (Monson) and McKenzie Wilson (South Hadley) and the coaching of Rob Galazka ‘97, the Lady Cougars amassed an overall record of 13-4-0, recording seven shutouts and conceding just one goal while scoring 52 goals in regional play (NJCAA Division III).

Along the way, freshman forward Cassidy Snyder (Holyoke) broke the team's single-season scoring record with 26 goals. 

PHOTO: (Above) Sophomore Emma Gomes controls the ball as she shields off a defender in an early season game. (Thumbnail) Cassidy Snyder moves to a loose ball during a road win against STCC.