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Men’s Soccer Advances to Regional Semifinals

DATE: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Cougars Win Quarterfinal in Penalty Kicks

B. Giroux men's soccer

(Haverhill, MA) - Men's Soccer defeated Northern Essex CC in a penalty kick shootout on Tuesday evening and have advanced to the semifinal round of the New England Championship Tournament. The Cougars played to a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of soccer before winning the six-round shootout 4-3.

Goalkeeper Benjamin Giroux (East Longmeadow, MA / East Longmeadow HS) showed the way for Holyoke, saving a sensational three out of six penalty kicks in the shootout. Giroux was stellar throughout the game, making several big saves during regulation and overtime. Michael Grochowski (Westfield, MA / Westfield HS) scored the game-winning penalty kick to clinch the win for the Cougars and also assisted on the team's only goal during regulation. Rodrigo Profeta (Springfield, MA / St. Bonaventure's School) scored Holyoke's lone regulation goal 20 minutes into the contest. Caden Hebert (Easthampton, MA / Easthampton HS), Braeden Vermette (Ludlow, MA / Ludlow HS) and Danny Machado converted the Cougars' other penalty kicks in the shootout.

Holyoke is 4-2-3 overall and 3-2-2 in the region. They will play in a regional semifinal for the first time since 2015 when they square off against #1 seed Roxbury CC on Saturday, October 29th. Holyoke will host the game at O'Connell Memorial Field on the campus of HCC with kickoff slated for 2pm. Let's go Cougars!

Photos: (Main) Giroux gets ready to distribute the ball. (Thumbnail) Grochowski (#8) and Profeta (#18) during a recent home game.


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