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Class B girls soccer: Mia Corish’s last-moment goal delivers Belchertown 1st title since 2012 (VIDEO)

  • The Belchertown girls soccer team captured the Western Mass. Class B championship thanks to a 3-2 win over South Hadley on Sunday in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • The Belchertown girls soccer team captured the Western Mass. Class B championship thanks to a 3-2 win over South Hadley on Sunday in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • Belchertown’s Fallon Clancy heads the ball up the field during the Orioles’ 3-2 win over South Hadley in the Western Mass. Class B girls soccer final Sunday at Berte Field in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • Belchertown’s Maya Tellier, left, leaps up over South Hadley’s Maddie Soderbaum to head the ball away from the net during the Orioles’ 3-2 win on Sunday in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • Belchertown’s Fallon Clancy, right, and South Hadley’s Emma Sanford battle for control of the ball during the Orioles’ 3-2 win over South Hadley in the Western Mass. Class B girls soccer final Sunday at Berte Field in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • The Belchertown girls soccer team celebrates after beating South Hadley 3-2 to capture the Western Mass. Class B title on Sunday at Berte Field in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • Belchertown’s Mia Corish fires the game-winning shot past South Hadley goalie Drew Alley during the Orioles’ 3-2 win over South Hadley in the Western Mass. Class B girls soccer final Sunday at Berte Field in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • Belchertown’s Fallon Clancy comes flying in to knock the ball past South Hadley goalie Drew Alley during the Orioles’ 3-2 win over South Hadley in the Western Mass. Class B girls soccer final Sunday at Berte Field in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • The Belchertown girls soccer team beat South Hadley Sunday to capture the Class B title. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • Belchertown’s Maya Tellier, left, and South Hadley’s Maddie Soderbaum battle for control of the ball during the Orioles’ 3-2 win Sunday in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • Belchertown celebrates after beating South Hadley to win the Western Mass. Class B title Sunday in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

  • Belchertown’s Mia Corish celebrates with Avery Klingensmith (10) after scoring the game-winning goal in the final minute of a 3-2 win over South Hadley Sunday in Springfield. FOR THE GAZETTE/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS



Staff Writer
Monday, November 08, 2021

SPRINGFIELD — Three South Hadley defenders surrounded Belchertown senior Avery Klingensmith. Orioles freshman Mia Corish ran to her right in acres of space. Klingensmith took one touch inside then slid a perfectly weighted ball to Corish. The freshman took one touch ahead of her as the Tigers changed course.

South Hadley keeper Drew Alley flew off her line to challenge the ball. Corish deftly slid it under her outstretched arms and into the back of the net, scoring the game-winning goal of Sunday’s Western Massachusetts Class B girls soccer championship with moments remaining until the final whistle.

“I knew it had to be done, so I took a deep breath and buried the ball,” Corish said.

Top-seeded Belchertown kept its unbeaten record intact with a 3-2 win over No. 2 South Hadley at Bette Field. The Orioles last captured a sectional crown in 2012 when they won the Division 2 title. South Hadley had won the last three Division 3 championships.

“It’s a credit to the kids on the field, and it’s an honor for me and my coaches to coach them,” Belchertown coach Kyle Thibault said. “They’re a great group of kids that just buy in and see the big picture and are part of something really special here.”

“They caught us with a couple mistakes we made defensively,” said South Hadley coach Rich Marjanski. “You can’t make mistakes against a team like that or it’s going to make you pay for it.”

The winning oal won’t be the last shot of the season for either team. State tournament seeds will be announced Tuesday, and both the Tigers and Orioles are in line for high rankings. Belchertown was No. 5 in Division 3, while South Hadley slotted 10th in the most recently available list. The Tigers are the defending state champions from 2019.

“You could play with (Belchertown), you could play with anybody. Nobody’s beaten them all year, and they were in the whole game with them,” Marjanski said of his team. “We go into the state tournament like we’re the team to beat. Let’s go and get some wins.”