For the third time this season the Spartans of East Longmeadow met the Falcons of Minnechaug on the pitch. And for the third time EL came out ahead by a goal. The difference in this match was that it was for the Western MA D1 championship. And this time it took 2 OTs plus penalty kicks to determine the winner! Sarah Waltsak, Maddy Grande and Alyssa Balboni each scored on their turn to bring the Spartans their first D1 crown.
Freshman Alyssa Hyland scored EL’s lone regulation goal on a blast on the doorstep. Chaug’s score came on a direct kick awarded to senior star Lauren McLellan. Both goalies played career games with EL’s Anne Stack stopping 9 shots and Falcon keeper Ann Marie Ribeiro stopping 13.
The Spartans go on to play Central MA champ Nashoba in a 5pm game at Westfield State University tomorrow.
Action photos from this great match can be found at http://spartansportshots.photostockplus.com/event_940722