Posted: 7/14/2022 9:35:38 PM
Modified: 07/14/2022 21:35:23
EASTHAMPTON — Every minute that passed at Nonotuck Park brought the Frontier boys’ football team closer. The Redhawks’ passes became crisper and their movements more aggressive.
In the 57th minute, that connection produced a moment that beat Easthampton keeper Giuseppe DeNucce-Simms. Brady Burch held the play in the middle then delivered a wide pass to Chanmin Son. Son found Quinn McNutt close to the goal and he calmly finished.
“We were just a little more direct,” McNutt said. “In the first half we weren’t really creating much around the penalty area, and in the second half I think we were trying to take more chances and score.”
They scored twice in a 2-0 win in Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League action on Thursday. The win helped the Redhawks retain second place in the Boys B league standings. It also provided a small measure of revenge.
The teams last met for the MIAA Division 4 State Championship in November. Easthampton then prevailed, and although the rosters and stakes were different, Frontier found the motivation for defeat.
“I think losing states gave our team a little bit more power to beat this team, to get revenge,” Frontier’s Fernando Saravia said.
Saravia secured the win with an insurance goal in the 66th minute. Frontier found him in the box and he fired a shot which Giuseppe DeNucce-Simms parried with his leg but returned to Saravia, who calmly tapped him into the left corner.
“Only 1-0 is practically nothing. You have to get another one to secure the game,” Saravia said.
Frontier held the ball tight for most of the contest. The Redhawks created well in the Easthampton area but didn’t have the final ball or a shot on target, or Giuseppe DeNucce-Simms snatched the shot by diving through the air.
“Great keeper there,” Saravia said. “I can’t really do much other than maybe try another game again.”
Easthampton largely sat and waited for their chances on the counterattack. The Eagles were looking for striker Javier DeNucce-Simms, who held up the game well but could never find a clean look on goal. Easthampton eventually moved him to the center to bolster his defense and then further up the pitch to help with distribution.
After the final whistle, some Easthampton players shouted “state champions!” on the Frontier sideline, reminding the Redhawks of their last meeting.
Frontier is more focused on next fall. About “90 percent” of the Redhawks are playing together this summer building the chemistry for a run at their own state trophy.
“We will have played together for two good months already,” McNutt said. “I think we’re going to get to know each other pretty well. It will show in the game.
It’s already starting.
Teddy Bear Pools 9, Longmeadow Cardinals 2 – Bryan Baumann had two hits, scored two runs and added an RBI on his old yard, as the former Redhawk led Teddy Bear Pools to a Tri-County League victory Thursday at Frontier Regional.
Northampton graduate Devin Kellogg also scored twice and reached home twice.
Andrew Sadowski took the win after six scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits with a walk and struck out seven.
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