DALTON -- The Wahconah boy's soccer team struggled to find the net for the first 37 minutes of the game Friday against Sabis.
Coach John Kovacs said his team could not get into a rhythm early on.
"The first half was ugly, ugly, ugly," he said.
But with two minutes left in the first half Jeff Pullano found Kevin Boino along the right side for the first goal of the game. Boino scored twice as the Warriors beat the Bulldogs 2-1.
Once the Warriors found the net, the team started to click on offense. Kovacs said the late first half goal allowed his team to carry momentum into the second half.
"It only takes one. That one goal carried us into the second half because we kept putting pressure on them," he said.
Wahconah's second goal came on a great individual effort. Boino chased to the ball on a breakaway down the left side of the field.
A Sabis defender challenged Boino away from the box. Boino dribbled around the defender and fired the ball into the right side of the net. Boino said the goal was a result of a breakdown in the Sabis defense.
"There was a defense error. They missed a pass and I decided to take advantage of it this time," Boino said.
The second goal from Boino was crucial because Sabis would not quit.
In the 71th minute, five minutes after Boino's second goal, Sabis put its first points on the board when Collin Jerard found Josh Evans for a goal.
The Bulldogs seemed to gain confidence after that. The team increased its pressure and had several chances to tie the game missing each time.
Kovacs said the last 10 minutes of the game were nerve-racking as Sabis tried to feed the ball to Evans for the equalizer.
"It creates more tension on the sideline. What they did well was they were putting constant pressure and looking for runners up front," Kovacs said. "They were looking for [Evans], he was their target man and they did that well."
Sabis coach Craig Constantinos said the missed opportunities hurt his team.
"We had three opportunities in the first half to put the ball in. It was on the goal line and we didn't finish," Constantinos said.
Up next for Wahconah is a matchup with No. 2 seeded Mount Greylock.
The Mounties beat Wahconah twice during the regular season (4-2, 2-0) but Boino said his team wants to win when it matters most.
"There's definitely revenge on our minds. We haven't beaten them in the past four years, so Western Mass. would be a good time to beat them," Boino said.
The Berkshire County teams enter their quarterfinal matchup very familiar with each other. Kovacs said he wants his team mentally prepared for the game Monday night.
"At this point as much as anything it's about your mental preparation," Kovacs said. "Physically you hope you have everything set. But mentally, that preparation is more important than anything."
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Wahconah 1 1 -- 2
Sabis 0 1 -- 1
W -- Kevin Boino (Jeff Pullano), 38:00.
W -- Boino (unassisted), 66:54.
S -- Josh Evans (Collin Jerard), 71:03.
Saves -- Sabis: Shayne Audet 8. Wahconah: Chris Dapson: 11.