By Spencer Gorczyca and Ethan Kapinos
CHICOPEE- On Tuesday October 1st at Szot Park, the Chicopee High Pacers girls’ varsity soccer team went head-to-head against Sabis International Charter School. The Pacers came into the game at 1-7 looking to tack on another win against the playoff-hopeful Sabis to get a streak going. With an outstanding offensive and defensive performance, the Chicopee High School Pacers bested Sabis International Charter School in what was a blow-out performance.
“I have a good feeling going into this game. You know what? A great feeling. I feel a win,” Pacers Head Coach, Ashely Ziemba stated prior to Tuesday’s game.
The Pacers wasted no time putting themselves on the scoreboard 14 minutes in with a goal scored by #21 Senior, Averie Gatzounas from a great pass by #7 Junior, Emily Jurkowski giving the Pacers an early 1-0 lead.
The Pacers offense did not hesitate and #22 Senior, Gabby Delaney nets the Pacers’ second goal of the game from a cross by Averie Gatzounas putting the Pacers up 2-0 over the Bulldogs. The Pacers’ solid defensive core shut down Sabis’s offense, maintaining a commanding 2-0 lead going into halftime.
“It’s a great environment to be in. The pound is hyped as always. We’re winning it, so it can’t get any better than this,” Pacers fan Nolan Florence explained during the halftime intermission.
The Pacers relentless offense did not cease. 12 minutes into the second half, the Pacers capitalized on the Bulldogs’ sloppy defensive play with #21 Averie Gatzounas notching in her second goal of the game with an assist by #16 Sophomore, Julia Robak which gave the Pacers a 3-0 lead.
With three minutes left of play, #1 Senior, Kyla Bryer-Charette finds the back of the net on a breakaway, bumping the Pacers up to an assertive 4-0 lead against Sabis. Shortly thereafter, Sabis would find their way onto the scoreboard with a goal scored by #6 Junior, Sydney Borders, ending the Pacers’ hopes of a shutout victory. The Pacers went on to win the game 4-1 against the Sabis Bulldogs.
“We came out with high intensity and stayed with it the entire game, connecting the passes we needed and making the most out of each opportunity,” Pacers defender #7 Emily Jurkowski stated post-game.
“We dominated the entire game and we had amazing communication, never letting off the intensity,” said Pacers player #1 Kyla Bryer-Charette after the game.
Sabis International Charter School hopes to bounce back from their loss Friday, October 4th against Southwick High School while the Chicopee Pacers look to continue their win streak on Friday, October 4th against Amherst High School.