WILLIAMSTOWN -- The offenses certainly had their chances, but the defenses shined brighter as the Pittsfield and Mount Greylock boys' soccer teams played to a 0-0 draw on a clear, crisp Thursday evening.
"We played hard and they came at us with everything they had," Pittsfield coach Andrew Antil said. "It's two good teams going at it. They were tough. They're always tough at home."
Each team picked up a point with the tie, which keeps Pittsfield atop the North Division by one point over Greylock. Each has two division games remaining. With Wahconah's 6-0 loss to Monument on Thursday, Greylock is now alone in second place, but plays the Warriors on Monday, Oct. 21.
Greylock's Eric Hirsch had the last great chance. He had a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box, offset to the left with less than 2 minutes left. He tried to sneak a quick shot over the in-progress wall and passed Pittsfield keeper Harrison Rapant.
He caught everyone off guard, but his attempt didn't clear the wall, glancing harmlessly off Ian Brink and out of bounds.
"We'd been talking as a team and we know that Harry sometimes goes to the post, directs his players, and if you don't ask the ref for 10 [yards], you can just hit it right away," Hirsch said. "So I was trying to do that because he was on his post and just accidentally hit Ian in the back."
The Generals followed with one last-ditch effort that resulted in Claudio Velez's foot finding Mountie keeper Cal Filson's upper body.
The two chances were the product of a tight defensive game becoming a back-and-forth affair in the final five minutes. Despite the rush in the closing five minutes, each keeper was credited with only two saves.
Hoosac Valley 3, Mount Everett 1
SHEFFIELD -- A three-goal second half powered the Hoosac Valley boys soccer team to a 3-1 win over Mount Everett on Thursday.
The Eagles led 1-0 at halftime after an Alec Blume free kick, but Hoosac Valley dominated the second half. Two goals from Sean Ryan-Kut and another goal from Shaun Knapp sealed the game for the Hurricanes.
The Eagles outshot the Hurricanes but, coach Jesse Carpenter said his team was not able to make enough plays.
"We held it close for the first 50 minutes. We had a lot of shots but we couldn't get them in," Carpenter said. "They played well and they made plays when they needed to."
Everett 1 0--1
Hoosac 0 3--3
ME -- Alec Blume (free kick), 39:30.
HV -- Sean Ryan-Kut (Lucas Bourdon), 51:38.
HV -- Shaun Knapp (unassisted), 63:29.
HV -- Ryan-Kut (penalty kick), 71:15.
Saves -- Everett: Josh Limoges 6. Hoosac: Colby Ells 12.
Lenox 2, Taconic 2
LENOX -- After Lenox grabbed a two-goal lead in the first half Taconic rallied in the second, playing to a 2-2 tie.
Nico Ciolfi and Isaac Gotterer scored in the first half for Lenox.
In the second half Patrick Boua cut the Millionaires' lead in half with a goal in the 61st minute. With four minutes left, Faisal Braimah scored the game-tying goal.
Lenox coach David Pugh said his team could not finish when inside the Braves' scoring area.
"We dominated the field of play. We had 18 [shots] versus their 10. We had a lot of shots but we weren't finishing on the net," Pugh said.
Lenox 2 0--2
Taconic 0 2--2
L -- Nico Ciolfi (unassisted), 25:00.
L -- Isaac Gotterer (Sean Baruch), 32:00.
T -- Patrick Boua (unassisted), 61:00.
T -- Faisal Braimah (unassisted), 86:00.
Saves -- Lenox: Trevor Hathaway 6. Taconic: Kevin Squires 6.
McCann 3, Commerce 3
NORTH ADAMS -- The Hornets and Commerce couldn't gain separation in the teams' first encounter, and they again battled to a draw in the second installment, keeping them tied for the Tri-County Division lead.
The Hornets were undone by an own goal in the 65th minute after Damon Couture put them up 3-2 in the 48th minute.
"Real tough game," McCann coach Tom Bona said. "We battled it out again. Kinda bittersweet."
Commerce scored first, in the fourth minute, before Josh Budaj knotted the match. Shane Fuller responded in the 12th minute, but back came Commerce, tying it again in the 32nd minute.
McCann 2 1 -- 3
Commerce 2 1 -- 3
C -- Name unavailable, 4:00
MT -- Josh Budaj, 6:00
MT -- Shane Fuller, 12:00
C -- Name unavailable, 32:00
M -- Damon Couture, 48:00
C -- own goal, 65:00
Saves -- C: Name unavailable 9. MT: Chris Gajda 13.
Monument 6, Wahconah 0
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Emil Gilkes collected a hat trick as the Spartans rolled last night.
"It was a really solid effort," said Spartan coach Matt Naventi. "We were pretty sharp."
Wahconah 0 0 -- 0
Monument 4 2 -- 6
M -- Cam Powell (Aidan Newey) 11:00
M -- Emil Gilkes (Henri Morrison) 14:00
M -- Jason Laramee (Smit Mahida) 23:00
M -- Gilkes (Powell)
M -- Gilkes (Alex Cami) 50:00
M -- Lukas Montano (Morrison) 61:00
Saves -- Wahconah: 7, Monument: Mark Marzotto, Trevor McFarland 5.
St. Joe 180, Lenox 185
PITTSFIELD -- The St. Joseph golf team overcame a strong round from medalist Kris Vahle to win its match.
St. Joe wrapped up its regular season playing the front nine at the par-35 Pontoosuc Lake Country Club.
The Crusaders (8-6) are heading to the postseason for the first time in 10 years. Coach Fran Brilliant said Thursday's win is the perfect end to the season.
"Nice way to go into the tournament. Wasn't our best round of the year, but we got the win," Brilliant said.
Danielle Lapierre and Cody Tynan led the Crusaders with 44s.
Vahle shot a 41 to lead all scorers. Kevin Coakley's 46 made him the second highest scorer for Lenox.
ST. JOE (180) -- Danielle Lapierre 44, Andy Cella 47, Tim Jones 46, Tim Wiles 46, Cody Tynan 44, Wyatt Porter 58.
LENOX (185) -- Kris Vahle 41, Cam Sibley 50, Ben Epstein 52, Zach Levesque 48, Kevin Coakley 46, Lucy Schwartz 57.