Photo Gallery | Drury boys hold off Mount Everett
NORTH ADAMS >> The Drury boys soccer team held off a furious comeback attempt from Mount Everett, pulling out a 3-2 victory on Tuesday. The win moves the Blue Devils to a perfect 4-0 on the season and gives them a one and a half game advantage over the Eagles in the Berkshire South division.
Drury took a 3-1 lead into the second half, but both teams struggled to get solid looks on goal in the final 40 minutes. Dan Litchfield brought the Eagles within one when he scored off a well-placed free kick from the left side. The ball went over one defender, bounced off another and ricocheted just out of the reach of Drury keeper Brian Christian with 24 minutes left. That was the final goal the visitors could muster, however, as Drury (4-0-0, 3-0-0) did a good job of playing keepaway and ending the game.
"It's frustrating just because there's so many opportunities that we leave out there," Everett (2-1-0, 1-1-0) coach Josh King said of not scoring the equalizing goal. "To not tie, it's back-breaking. ... I think we left three or four goals out there if someone runs back post.
"Obviously it's very aggravating to not finish, but in the same aspect, it's only one game. We've got to keep moving forward."
Forward play was key for Drury. Reece Racette got the scoring started with a strong individual effort in the first half. The sophomore gathered the ball, made a move past a defender and shot the ball between Patrick Silk's keeper's legs for the goal in the 15th minute. Later in the half, Racette scored again, taking a feed from Jon Boland on the left side and squeezing the ball just between the keeper and the left post for the score.
"In the first 10 minutes I thought Mount Everett came out and controlled the play and Brian made some good saves," Drury coach John Jacobee said. "Then we calmed down and when we made a good attack with Reece and put 1-0 in, it took the beginning [pressure] off and started to swing the momentum our way."
Drury's duo of Boland and Racette have been on a scoring tear during the four-game winning streak. They've combined for 10 goals already, and Jacobee said he credits their success to the entire team's ability to work together.
"Reece and Jon have a good connection together and today they made it work," he said. "I think their connection is made because the other players. Reece and Jon did a good job in the final third, but I thought we controlled the ball for a while and created chances."
Litchfield's first goal brought Everett within one with 11:11 left in the half, but Drury answered quickly, as Boland scored off a quality pass out of a corner kick from Jonah Miles.
The Eagles had several chances to score in the first half, but they squandered three corner kicks and three free kick opportunity. One free kick looked to have led to a goal, but the Everett player was called offsides. Another threat was ended after a handball, and Christian knocked away other chances.
D — Reece Racette (unassisted), 14:30. D — Racette (Jon Boland), 23:25. ME — Dan Litchfield (unassisted), 29:49. D — Boland (Jonah Miles), (35:35).
ME — Litchfield (unassisted), 56:54.
Saves — ME: Patrick Silk 7. D: Brian Christian 7.
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