High school soccer roundup: Pittsfield boys top Mount Greylock behind late Rich winner
WILLIAMSTOWN — After playing to a scoreless first half, the Pittsfield and Mount Greylock teams found their shooting boots in the second. Ultimately, it was the foot of Pittsfield's Jackson Rich that made the difference in a 3-2 win for the Generals.
There were three lead changes in the second half. First, Greylock went up 1-0 when Aaron Kleiner scored in the 52nd minute. Pittsfield, though, responded with two goals in a four-minute span as Max Tabakin and Adrian Riva found the back of the net.
But Greylock was determined to not go away, and one minute after Riva's goal Tyler Marten tied the game up at 2-2 in the 69th minute.
With the game potentially heading for a tie, Rich stepped up to secure the win. On a cross from Christian Mendes, Rich controlled the ball in the box and maintained possession in a tight pocket of space to record the winner in the 76th minute.
"We came right back and tied it up, then they just got a nice goal at the end," Greylock coach Blair Dils said.
Dils was disappointed his team could not capitalize on its shot advantage.
"Unfortunately, we outshot them 18-6," he said. "It's one that got away, that's for sure. Give credit to Pittsfield for capitalizing on their opportunities."
Pittsfield moves to 3-0-1 overall and 3-0-0 in the Berkshire North. Greylock falls to 1-1-1 and 1-1-0.
MG — Aaron Kleiner (Naka O'Connor), 52:00. P — Max Tabakin (Jackson Rich), 64:00. P — Adrian Riva (Evan Dempsey), 68:00. MG — Tyler Marten (Sam Dils), 69:00. P — Rich (Christian Mendes), 76:00.
Saves — MG: David Falk 4. P: Jon Bile 6.
TACONIC 8, ST. JOE 0
PITTSFIELD >> Ryan Abel's hat trick led Taconic to a dominant win over St. Joseph.
The Braves led 3-0 after the first 40 minutes, and they poured in five more goals in the second half.
Colin Connors had one goal and three assists. Eric Leary had two goals.
LENOX 4, WAHCONAH 1
DALTON >> The Lenox boys soccer team rebounded from a tough loss to Minnechaug on Saturday to earn a road win over Wahconah.
Nic Baruch and Luke Murphy helped the Millionaires jump out to a 2-0 first-half lead. Baruch did the heavy lifting in the second half, adding two more goals for the hat trick. Mike Abdalla added two assists.
"He's up front and always a presence," Wahconah coach John Kovacs said of Baruch's strong performance. "He's fast and quick and always goes to goal, so you've got to be on him all the time. We broke down at the end and he didn't let down at all."
L — Nic Baruch (unassisted), 1:00. L — Luke Murphy (Matt Heim), 20:00.
W — Cole Accardi (Nick Schneider), 58:00. L — Baruch (Mike Abdalla) 64:24. L — Baruch (Abdalla), 75:29.
Saves — L: Matt Tibbetts 6 W: Anthony DonDiego 12.
PITTSFIELD 3, EASTHAMPTON 1
PITTSFIELD >> The Pittsfield girls soccer team found itself trailing by a goal at halftime against Easthampton on Tuesday. The Generals responded with three goals in the second half to get the win.
Madison Grabkowski scored the opener for Easthampton just over eight minutes into the game, and the score held that way until halftime.
Once the second half started, though, the Generals started finally capitalizing on their chances. Lindsey Schnopp scored the first goal, converting on a pass from Ilana Albert. Albert then gave her team the lead with a goal in the 76th minute, and with 36 seconds left in the contest Albert hooked up Schnopp again for the final insurance goal.
In an email, coach Andy Waluszko said his team had 34 shots in the game, and Easthampton goalie Lily Pioli made 16 saves. PHS goalie Bella Arace had to make only one save.
Pittsfield improves to 1-1 on the year with the win.
E — Madison Grabkowski (Tierney Boyle), 8:18.
P — Lindsey Schnopp (Ilana Albert), 48:18. P — Albert (Julia Eline-Wright), 75:15. P — Schnopp (Albert), 79:24.
Saves — P: Bella Arace 1. E: Lily Pioli 16
SMITH VOC 3, MCCANN TECH 1
NORTH ADAMS >> After playing out a 1-1 game in the first half, Smith Voc pulled away in the second to get a road win.
McCann (2-1-0, 2-1-0) got its lone goal from Lexi Foley, who converted on a pass from Allie Gibeau. Gabby Petlock had a pair of goals for Smith Voc, including the winner.
In goal, Alanza Quinones stopped 11 shots.
MT — Lexi Foley (Allie Gibeau), N/A. SV — Gabby Petlock (UA), N/A.
SV — Petlock (Marissa Mayhew), N/A. SV — Shannon Ryan (Caleigh Sullivan), N/A.
Saves — MT: Alanza Quinones 11. SV — Maddison Atkinson 7.
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