CHESHIRE -- If you're a parent of a Hoosac Valley boys soccer player, it's time to make some more room in the coat closet.
"It's always a great feeling winning the South. This is our second year in a row, so it's another jacket for us," Hoosac's Shaun Knapp said. "It's always a team effort.
"It's teamwork, and we have some of the best team chemistry I've ever seen on a team before. We just work really well together."
Knapp scored two first-half goals and the Hurricanes hung on to beat Drury 2-1 on Friday afternoon. The win not only clinched the South Division title for the Hurricanes, but the loss knocked the Blue Devils out of the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament picture.
Hoosac got back in the championship picture with a South win in 2012 and defended its title on its pitch on Friday.
"You play for every tournament or championship you're involved in," Hoosac coach Camilo Bermudez said. "If we play in a two-day tournament, we want to win it. We wanted this so badly. This program has been through a lot in the last couple of years. We'll take this one, absolutely."
The Hurricanes attacked right from the start, getting a pair of corner kicks in the first five minutes. Two minutes later, Knapp put the Hurricanes on the board.
Drury actually had a good scoring opportunity 10 minutes later as Sully Boland sent a ball to Matt Vachereau, but Vachereau whiffed on a shot. Three minutes later, Knapp scored on a rebound of a shot that hit the left post, and the Hurricanes led 2-0.
That was how the first half ended, a half that nobody in Drury blue was very happy about.
"It was honestly one of our worst halves I've ever seen us play all season," said Drury's Stephin Wallace. "Going into the halftime speech, coach [Greg Caproni] was not happy. He got us fired up going into the second half and we played our hardest."
The Blue Devils were outshot 13-0 in the first half and things could have been worse for Drury had Joe Liporace not been in goal. He made six saves in the first half on eight shots on goal. For the game, Hoosac fired 24 shots at the goal and Liporace made 11 saves.
His biggest save probably came early in the second half when Sean Ryan-Kut was standing point blank in the box, fired a shot and Liporace kept the ball out of the goal.
Wallace got the Blue Devils on the board when Hoosac goalkeeper Colby Ells mishandled a cross and Wallace tucked the ball into the open net.
"Two-zero in my opinion is one of the worst leads to have in soccer because the next goal, your momentum's off and the other team has momentum," said Knapp. "We just had to stay poised."
Drury 0 1 -- 1
Hoosac 2 0 -- 2
HV -- Shaun Knapp (UA), 7:12.
HV -- Knapp (UA), 20:18.
D -- Stephin Wallace (UA), 58:10.
Saves -- D: Joe Liporace 11. HV: Colby Ells 1.