HCC Prevails Over MCC, Improves to 5-0
in Region 21 Play
By Matt Patenaude
HOLYOKE, MA - As a result of wet fields at Manchester Community College, the Cougars hosted MCC at O'Connell Field for the second time this season, achieving the same result. Holyoke won 2-1 on Thursday afternoon (they won 1-0 on Sept. 14), moving to 5-0 in Region 21 play.
Sophomore forward Alicia Carter (Easthampton) put the Cougars on the board in the 20th minute with a goal that was partially blocked by the MCC goalkeeper before rolling into the net. This was Carter's 10th goal on the season (team high) and was assisted by freshman midfielder Kassy Klinkowski (Chicopee). HCC would go into halftime with a 1-0 advantage.
Sophomore center back and team captain Amanda Cummings (Agawam) came up big for the Cougars in Thursday's match. Cummings scored her fourth goal of the season in the 57th minute in a familiar fashion. Her goal to put the Cougars ahead 2-0 came in the form of a header off of a corner kick, exactly like her three previous goals this year. Coach Galazka mentioned after the game that "Cummings played dominant defense against MCC to go along with excellent team leadership." Cummings' goal was assisted by freshman defender/midfielder Jenn Galindo (Chicopee), her 6th assist on the season (tied with Carter for second on the team behind Amanda Grant with 7).
Manchester CC would make things interesting in the 70th minute with a penalty kick goal to cut the deficit in half, but it was not enough as the Cougars would hold on for their 9th win overall.
This match also featured breakout performances from freshman midfielders Kassy Klinkowski and Brittney LaShier (Northfield). HCC goalkeeper Malynda Riopelle (Springfield) made 6 saves for the Cougars while Manchester goalkeeping stopped 13 Cougar shots.
The Cougars, currently ranked 3rd in the National NJCAA Division III poll, will play host to Montgomery Rockville of Maryland this Sunday at 11 a.m. Montgomery Rockville enters Sunday's marque matchup positioned in 5th place in the poll.