Monument ends Mounties' streak
GREAT BARRINGTON -- When Lucas Wartella scored his second goal of the game, he looked up at the scoreboard clock.
After all, it was 14 days ago when Mount Greylock scored twice in the last seven minutes to snatch a victory from Monument Mountain.
Not this time as the Spartans netted two insurance goals in the final three minutes to hand the Mounties a 4-1 loss and end a three-year Berkshire County league unbeaten streak.
"In the first game I really think we were playing not to lose, very defensively and we were trying to hold our 1-0 lead," said Wartella. "This game, we were a lot more aggressive, going for as many goals as we could get."
Wartella scored twice and assisted on Nick Masiero's insurance goal with 2:46 left in the contest. Greylock's lone goal came on a penalty kick by Nathan Majumder early in the second half.
The win ended a pretty good weekend for the Spartans, who shut out Springfield Cathedral on Saturday. Since losing to Belchertown a week ago Saturday, the Spartans are now 3-0-1, which is pretty good for a team heading into the Western Massachusetts Division II tournament.
"We did not have the mental toughness the first time around [against Mount Greylock] and through our season. We needed a loss there and a loss against Belchertown as a reality check to show that we're going to have some good games and we need to be prepared for them," said Monument coach Matt Naventi. "This is exactly what we needed."
The Mounties trudged slowly back to their bus after the defeat, which is the first one any of the current team members can remember against a Berkshire County rival.
"You never like to lose, ever," Greylock coach Blair Dils said. "I don't think it's a question of getting anyone's attention. It's just a question of trying to be consistent, show up and play 80 minutes every game."
As it did in the first game, Monument scored first. Wartella touched a nifty pass from Masiero into the net. Masiero had carried the ball deep into the left wing and crossed it on the ground. Greylock goalie Sean Houston didn't have a chance.
The Mounties had two early free kick opportunities to open the second half, but did not convert. With 12 minutes gone in the final stanza, Majumder was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick. He buried the shot in the lower left corner to tie the game.
Daniel Huertas set up Wartella at 68:37 for the game-winning goal. Masiero and Sam Plishtin got goals in the final three minutes, accounting for the final score.
Naventi credited his team's defense for holding the Mounties scoreless from the field. Center backs Bobby Kinne and Eitan Kiin, along with central midfielder Ian Akers, kept Greylock's offense from gaining momentum.
"We have three or four guys who can play on the outside, and Bobby and Eitan are so solid that if you get through one, it's really difficult to get through both," said Naventi. "We'll end the season by giving up eight goals. How can you complain about that."
Greylock 0 1 -- 1
Monument 1 3 -- 4
MM -- Lucas Wartella (Nick Masiero), 28:02.
MG -- Nathan Majumder (PK), 52:35.
MM -- Wartella (Daniel Huertas), 68:37.
MM -- Masiero (Wartella), 77:14.
MM -- Sam Plishtin (UA), 78:05.
Saves -- MG: Sean Houston 2. MM: Aaron House 5.
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