A Saturday stalemate: Mount Greylock and Frontier settle for 1-1 draw in boys soccer
Down 1-0, he didn't really have another choice.
With his Mount Greylock boys soccer team trailing two-time defending Western Mass. Division III champion Frontier by a goal, the Mountie senior captain took his run-up, then calmly slotted the ball low and to the right to level the score at 1-1. That's how the game finished, with both the Mounties and the Red Hawks leaving Williamstown with a hard-earned point.
"I knew I was going to make it, down 1-0," Foehl said after the game. "I've got to make it."
The point was the minimum the Mounties deserved in the game, in truth. Greylock dominated possession of the ball and kept Frontier pinned back deep throughout a majority of the contest. But after a fruitless first 40 minutes, the Mounties suddenly found themselves trailing just over two minutes into the second half.
The Red Hawks took their lead when Connor Bagdon, a former New England Revolution academy player now in his first year playing at Frontier, got on the end of a cross from teammate Ethan LaFleur and coolly slotted home the opener.
Greylock never withered after the goal. Four minutes after the opener, Emi Soza-Foias played in Toby Foehl on a gorgeous diagonal pass, but Toby Foehl got just enough on his shot that it rattled the crossbar and popped back into play. Later, Frontier goalie Peter Bronke thanked his crossbar again when Brady Foehl hammered in a free kick that almost tucked into the upper 90 before smashing off the post.
When Brady Foehl stepped up and converted on his penalty kick, Greylock coach Blair Dils thought the moment his team deserved had finally arrived.
"I felt we deserved a goal in the second half," Dils said. "We were putting the pressure on them, we had the wind behind us, we hit the crossbar twice. It felt like we deserved at least one in the second half, so I'm OK with the result given how much pressure we had."
For Frontier, head coach Dale Totman questioned how clear-cut the penalty was, but praised his team for responding by not allowing Greylock to snatch the lead.
"I liked our response to the adversity," Totman said, "because we felt it was kind of a questionable PK call. and I thought we responded to that well. We didn't just pout. we attacked the game after that, and we had a chance to win it at the end, I thought we had a few good chances."
The game was the second in a row that Frontier faced a Berkshire County opponent, took a second-half lead, then settled for a point. In its season opener, Frontier drew with Monument Mountain 1-1. Totman made a correlation between the two games.
"In my opinion, Greylock and Monument Mountain are the two best Berkshire teams, so getting two ties in those games, I'm not disappointed in that — those aren't bad results."
In the first half, Greylock controlled the tempo of the game but couldn't find an end product. At halftime, Dils said he and the team made some adjustments that eventually led to the penalty call.
"I thought our passing in the final third wasn't great in the first half, so we tried to address some things and tried to play a little bit more, shorter passes, try to get those combinations through into the backline and get a better look at goal," Dils said. "There was a little frantic quality to the game overall."
Brady Foehl's penalty goal came after fellow senior co-captain Sam Dils was brought down in the box on a tackle from behind with 23 minutes, 45 seconds left in the game.
The draw makes Greylock 1-0-1 on the year. With the first week of the regular season in the books Brady Foehl said that the goal for the Mounties now is to keep getting positive results, and start building up the momentum.
"Yeah, we want to get rolling," he said. "We've got Pittsfield on Thursday, so hopefully we can take it to them and start going on a winning streak."
Frontier 0 1 — 1
Greylock 0 1 — 1
F — Connor Bagdon (Ethan LaFleur), 42:21. MG — Brady Foehl (penalty kick), 56:15.
Saves — F: Peter Bronke 2. MG: Sam Edge 1.
Reach Geoff Smith at 413-496-6254 or @GSmith_Eagle.
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