Local soccer roundup: Mount Greylock boys pick up season-opening win
DALTON — The good news for the Wahconah boys soccer team is that the Warriors held an early lead on visiting Mount Greylock.
The bad news was that the Mounties (1-0, 1-0 Berkshire North) scored five unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 win in the season opener for both teams.
"They kept coming at us and broke us down," Wahconah coach John Kovacs said.
Sam Dils tied the game in the 20th minute, and it was 1-1 at intermission. The Mounties scored four unanswered goals in the second half, with Naka O'Connor's tally in the 47th minute breaking the deadlock. Dils finished with two goals and an assist while Quinn Jonstadt had two goals.
"Wahconah played strong defense and disrupted our offense in the first half after capitalizing earlier," Greylock coach Blair Dils wrote in an email. "We were more fluid with possession in the second half and [were] able to open up the back line as the half wore on."
Wahconah is 0-1, 0-1.
W—Matt Lighten (UA), 2:00. MG—Sam Dils (Tyler Marten), 20:00.
MG—Naka O'Connor (Zach Condon), 47:00. MG—Dils (Tom Astle), 54:00. MG—Quinn Johnstadt (Dils), 61:00. MG—Johnstadt (Aaron Kleiner) 71:00.
Saves—MG: Elias Sekkal 2. W: Anthony DonDiego 8.
MOUNT EVERETT 3, HOOSAC VALLEY 1
SHEFFIELD >> Mount Everett regrouped after Hoosac Valley's quick goal, scoring three unanswered goals en route to a victory.
Steve Crouch scored 46 seconds into the game for the Hurricanes (0-1, 0-1 Berkshire South). Brendan Dempsey found Cavan Brady for the tying goal late in the first half. David Bautista-Cruz gave the Eagles the lead with a goal in the 42nd minute. Jimmy Gulotta added an insurance goal in the 72nd minute.
Mount Everett coach Josh King said his team knew how to respond after allowing the quick goal.
"They know what they have as teammates," he said. "We preach relentless work, work ethic and never-give-up attitude."
Mount Everett is 1-0, 1-0.
HV: Steve Crouch (unassisted), :46. ME: Cavan Brady (Brendan Dempsey), 38:05.
ME: David Bautista-Cruz (Dempsey), 42:00. ME Jimmy Gulotta (Brady), 72:00.
Saves — HV: Aiden Cooper 7. ME: Patrick Stork 2.
DRURY 3, TACONIC 0
PITTSFIELD >> Drury is halfway to its win total from all of last year with its season-opening win over Taconic.
Jon Boland scored twice for the Blue Devils (1-0, 1-0 Berkshire South). Jonah Miles added the final goal in the 65th minute. Brian Christian made six saves for Drury (0-1, 0-1).
D: Jon Boland (Max Daugherty), 15:00.
D: Boland (unassisted), 41:00. D: Jonah Miles (unassisted), 65:00.
Saves — D: Brian Christian 6. T: Cody Latimer 9.
LENOX 12, WESTFIELD TECH 0
WESTFIELD >> In a rematch of the last year's Western Mass. Division IV semifinal, Lenox dominated Westfield Tech, earning a commanding opening-season win.
The Millionaires (1-0) scored six times in each half. Nic Baruch led the way with two goals and three assists. Mike Abdalla and Harrison Keator had three goals each. Lenox did not allow a shot on goal.
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L: Nic Baruch 2 goals, 3 assists. Alec Jordan 1 goal, two assists, Ian Laurin 1 goal, two assists, Keveen Delgado 1 assist, Luke Murphy 2 goals, Mike Abdalla 3 goals, Harrison Keator 3 goals, Zach Suffish 1 assist, Noah Kalischer-Coggins 1 assist.
Saves — WT: 9. L: Matt Tibbetts 0, Jacob Munch 0
MOUNT GREYLOCK 5, MAHAR 0
ORANGE >> Mount Greylock started its season with a commanding victory over Mahar.
Coach Tom Ostheimer said his players started slowly after a long bus ride, but Karen McComish got the Mounties (1-0) on the board with a goal in the 15th minute. Caroline Flynn scored the next three goals for Greylock for the hat trick. Madison Ross added two assists.
"They had pressure on us early, but we were able to possess the ball and get it to our forwards," Ostheimer said.
MG: Karen McComish (Madison Ross), 14:15. MG: Caroline Flynn (unassisted) 29:00. Flynn (unassisted)39:55
MG: Flynn (unassisted), 47:00; MG: Charlotte Rauscher (Madison Ross) 67:00.
Saves — Rachel Voller 5, Isabella Nacastro 4. M: Marie Nottleson 9.
MCLA WOMEN 1, ST. JOSEPH 0 (OT)
WEST HARTFORD, CONN. >> Marisa Sprague's first varsity goal couldn't have come at a better time for the MCLA women.
Sprague's goal, one minute into overtime, gave the Trailblazers (1-0-1) a 1-0 win over host St. Joseph. It's the first time since 2010 that the Trailblazers have gone through their first two games without a loss.
In overtime, Sprague picked up a loose ball just outside the box, deked goalkeeper Morgan Ricci and put the ball into the empty net giving MCLA its first win of the season.
Former Hoosac Valley goalie Megan Richardson picked up the first win and first shutout of her career.
WESTERN CONN. 4, MCLA MEN 2
NORTH ADAMS >> Senior Jesse Moore scored two goals for MCLA, his first since Aug. 31, 2013. But it wasn't enough as visiting Western Connecticut (1-2) spoiled the home opener for the Trailblazers (1-2).
Western Connecticut scored two goals in the first half, led 2-1 at halftime, and never gave up the lead. Robert Della Penna scored a goal in the second half for the visitors and had two assists.
The Trailblazers were outshot 24-13.
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