Abigail Olden, Belchertown blank Amherst 3-0

BELCHERTOWN – The Belchertown box hockey group pulled out the entire stops for its senior evening on Monday, adorning the stadium with orange and black balloons and streamers and honoring its five-member Class of 2023 with a 3-0 County League victory over Amherst. 

It used to be a nostalgic second for senior Abigail Olden, who scored two of the group’s 3 objectives. Olden has been across the program for a decade.

“It feels really sentimental because I’ve been here since the program started because my mom (Lindsay Wright) started the program,” Olden stated. “I’ve been here since second grade, so 10 years of my life. It’s just crazy that it’s coming to an end with all these people I’ve known for 10 years.” 

A large portion of Belchertown’s roster had been enjoying in combination for years, and that chemistry is obvious each and every time the Orioles take the sector. Belchertown recently has an 8-2-1 report, 8-1 in County play, and all 8 in their wins have come by way of shutout. It’s a testomony to the group’s force to be successful and the years they’ve installed at each the early life and highschool ranges. 

“I’ve been coaching (most of these kids) since they were in second grade, and they all grow up with this sort of idea of winning,” Belchertown head trainer Lindsay Wright stated. “Every year I get a different group, and I wouldn’t say we have kids out here doing all those clubs and have all these special skills. But we have a bunch of kids who really want to win and fight hard.” 

Olden were given the ball rolling with a highlight-reel target for Belchertown on the 8:30 mark of the primary quarter. Weaving via defenders on the lookout for an open house, she danced a lot nearer to the target than she in most cases will get earlier than polishing off and firing a troublesome shot into the a ways nook of the online to make it 1-0. 

“A lot of the goals I score are on the outside of the circle because I find that the easiest because they can’t stop it as much,” Olden stated. “I was just trying to get to a spot where I wouldn’t hit anyone with my stick and I could have a good shot on goal. It was mostly just trying to get that to the open space.”

The Orioles struck once more simply over 3 mins afterward a nook alternative. During a scrum across the internet, Karyna Rondeau fired a pass shot to the entrance of the online that discovered Isabella Cebula, who netted the group’s 2nd target of the length.

Olden scored Belchertown’s ultimate target in the midst of the 3rd body, regardless that an Amherst participant just about made a goal-line forestall at the shot. 

Despite now not discovering a target in Monday’s loss, Amherst head trainer Sarah Hafele Bugbee used to be glad along with her group’s effort. The first time the ‘Canes faced Belchertown this year, they suffered a 9-0 defeat. This time around, Amherst’s protection used to be a lot stingier, maintaining the sport shut all night time and depending closely on goalie MacKenzie Schreyer, who completed with seven saves.

“I think that was honestly the best game we’ve ever played. Our girls have come so far this season already. They’re making such great strides,” Hafele Bugbee stated. “We shut them out for a whole (two) quarters, they didn’t score the entire second or fourth quarter.” 

The Hurricanes recently have a 4-6-1 report, and can glance to stay bettering over the remainder of their season. Belchertown, in the meantime, has some other target on its thoughts. Though Wright and her group have installed numerous paintings to building up sustained good fortune, there’s one accomplishment that’s eluded them – incomes a win within the state match. This is Wright’s closing likelihood to select that victory up – she’s stepping again from training as soon as this season is wrapped up – however this can be the group that draws it off. 

“They all really want to be here. They all have a really good time…. Everyone loves each other, everyone wants to hang out,” Wright stated. “This is the easiest year I’ve ever had. Everyone is here on time every single day, in fact early – I don’t even have to look. That has never happened in the history of time.”

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