Wednesday September 12, 2012

NORTH ADAMS -- Lenox winger Isaac Gotterer unleashed a shot on target from the edge of the box, but as Drury keeper Joe Liporace kept his eyes fixed on the path of the shot, it suddenly took a deflection and spun away from him and into the net, giving Lenox a three-goal advantage.

It was a frustrating day for the Blue Devils on their home field, as the Millionaires jumped out to an early lead. Lenox ran away with the contest, beating Drury 7-0 and earning its first win of the
season.

"Today we started off jittery and gave up goals that were our mistakes," said Drury coach Greg Caproni.

Midfielder Alex Pratt opened up the scoring for the Millionaires when Liporace came out late for a loose ball and coughed it up. After a scramble for the ball, Pratt found himself with space and put away a close-range shot past a sprawled-out defender.

Lenox found themselves up 3-0 at the break and proved to be the more vocal, aggressive, and skilled side. The Millionaires were quicker with their passes and moved fluidly as a team, on and off the ball.

"Their first touch is beautiful," Caproni said. "It takes control of the game. I wasn’t surprised by it. It’s what I expected from them."

Drury had only one promising moment in attack in the first half, when Evan Johnson floated a pass over the head of the last defender to connect with forward Jacob Groves. However, Groves allowed the defender to catch up and rushed a shot that soared over the bar.

The Millionaires kept up their dominance in the second half, as Alex Pratt completed his hat trick just nine minutes into the period with two goals assisted by Abdul Heraidi.

"I made good runs through the middle, which made the defense vulnerable, and my teammates did the rest," Pratt said. "They found me in the right place at the right time."

Heraidi had four assists on the afternoon and always kept his head up looking for players making runs. One teammate who was a beneficiary of Heraidi’s awareness was Liam Gennari, who gave the Millionaires their sixth and seventh goal just 13 seconds apart. His first tally was assisted by Heraidi who found Gennari to his left in the box and his second was an unassisted effort on a breakaway.

"Their field is a lot bigger than ours," said Lenox coach Scott Chadwick. "And they sat back more and gave us space to play."

Drury kept trying to find Groves in space up top, but the forward never seemed to get enough time on the ball to find the shot he wanted. The Blue Devils were only able to muster up four shots in the game.

Lenox now sits at 1-1 and faces Hoosac on Friday. Drury falls to 0-2-1, as they look for their first win at Wahconah on Friday.

"We need to work on simple aspects of the game," Caproni said. "We need to work together, have better support play, and keep our heads."

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Lenox 7, Drury 0

Drury 0 0 -- 0

Lenox 3 4 -- 7

First Half

L -- Alex Pratt (Unassisted), 37:18.

L -- Alex Bennett (Abdul Heraidi), 31:30.

L -- Isaac Gotterer (Unassisted),

4:35.

Second Half

L -- Alex Pratt (Abdul Heraidi), 34:35.

L -- Alex Pratt (Abdul Heraidi), 31:00.

L -- Liam Gennari (Abdul Heraidi), 8:15.

L -- Liam Gennari (Unassisted), 8:02.

Goalkeepers -- D: Joe Liporace; L: Trevor Hathaway.