LENOX -- Sandra Arace punched home a goal about three minutes into the second half that stood up for the remaining 37, as Lenox came from behind to edge Mohawk Trail 2-1 in the first round of the Division IV Western Mass. girls soccer tournament.
The No. 7-seeded Millionaires next play second-seeded Cathedral in Springfield on Tuesday.
The score was close, but the Millionaires had a decided edge in play. Lenox tackled well the entire game, won at least 90 percent of the 50-50 balls and outshot the Warriors 33-4 on the afternoon.
"I think they’re trying to kill me," said Lenox coach Kyle Zinchuk with a laugh. "We should have had three or four more scores today.
"But despite that, I thought we played well, overall," he continued. "We were in their half of the field most of the day."
The first goal of the game went to the No. 10 seeds. The game was still going up and down the field, as both teams had fresh legs. Mohawk’s Hope Lively took a shot that ricocheted off several players and ended up at the feet of the visitors’ Caitlyn Wilkins, who sort of pushed it past Lenox goalie Lindsey Kelly. It wasn’t particularly artful, but it did count, and the visitors were up 1-0 about 15 minutes in.
The Millionaires picked up the pace after that. Their midfielders did a good job controlling the ball and delivering it to Lenox’ forward players. The back line tackled well. Mohawk had no real threats in the half after the first one.
Lenox still needed a goal. At 37:10, Sarah Molk outhustled a Mohawk player to the ball and delivered it to Tova Brown, who coasted in virtually alone and tied the game. It was 1-1 at the half.
Lenox controlled play even more completely after intermission. Kelly had only one semi-difficult chance in that span.
The Millionaires? They had about a score of chances. About midway through the half, players missed a pair of point-blank shots that had Zinchuk and his coaching staff clutching their heads in agony each time.
But Arace dropped the hammer early, calmly taking a pass from Jaclyn Hathaway, turning her body away from a defender to protect the ball, and sending a nice shot past Mohawk keeper Sally Slowinski.
Slowinski made several more big stops in the game, ending up with 20 saves on the afternoon. Kelly had three.
Mohawk 1 0 -- 1
Lenox 1 1 -- 2
M -- Caitlyn Wilkins (UA) 14:22
L -- Tova Brown (Sarah Molk) 37:10
L -- Sandra Arace (Jaclyn Hathaway) 42:26
Saves -- L: Lindsey Kelly 3, M: Sally Slowinski 20.