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West Side Soccer Beats Wachusett, Advances To State Championship

WSide SoccerWESTFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Local high school players had to keep warm on one of the coldest nights of the year so far.
The West Springfield High School Terriers battled the Wachusett Regional High School Mountaineers tonight in the Division I State Soccer Semi-finals at Westfield State University.

Wachusett jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game, but West Side came storming back.

Josh Robinson (two goals), Brendan Stenwick, and James Kukarchuck all found the back of the net en route to a 4-1
Terriers win. Alex Kraver turned in another strong performance in goal.

The kick-off temperature was 30 degrees Farenheit, and dropped throughout the game.
Fans we caught up with say hot chocolate was the hot commodity.

West Springfield parent Eileen Moriarty said she’s been to countless soccer games, and this one was at the top of the list in the chilly department.

“This is the coldest one,” Moriarty said. “Actually, I was at one it snowed at. Right now, it hasn’t started snowing, but you never know it still could snow yet.”

“I’m wearing three pairs of pants, two long sleeve, three jackets, a hat and gloves,” student Brittany Lacombe said as she waited in line.

West Side will now look to bring the title back to western Massachusetts. The state championship is Friday night versus Somerville at Worcester State College.

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