Mount Everett scores four goals in the second half to defeat Taconic in boys' soccer

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PITTSFIELD —For the first 40 minutes of the game, the Taconic boys soccer team's defense led by goalkeeper Colby Sherman was nearly impenetrable. The Braves kept Mount Everett off the board, as Sherman made save after save on an Eagles' offense that seemed to be picking up steam. In the second half, Taconic's defense finally gave way and Everett goals began pouring in, as the Eagles earned a 4-1 win under the lights at Berkshire Community College on Wednesday.

A malfunction in the lights delayed the start of the second half by about 10 minutes, but once the Eagles took the field, they played with much more energy and purpose.

In the 47th minute, Everett's Brendan Dempsey started the scoring, putting home a sliding goal off a feed from Anthony Lupiani. Three minutes later, Lupiani netted the winning goal with an acrobat move.

In the first half, Lupiani attempted a full leaping bicycle kick and missed, but the attempt showed impressive athleticism. On his next attempt, Lupiani was more controlled, swinging his leg over his head but staying on the ground, sending the ball into the goal for the go-ahead score.

"I was just trying to go for the net," Lupiani said on his half-bicycle kick goal, "but it went in. It felt nice. I tried the full kick before but didn't get it. I figured why not try again, this time it went in."

Cavan Brady added a free-kick goal in the 53rd minute. Nikos Casivant added the final goal with three minutes left to play.

Everett coach Josh King said players missing practice forced him to shuffle the lineup in the first half. He added that he hopes those players will learn from their mistakes and he was pleased with how they responded in the second half.

"We were able to move some guys around," he said. "We were able to make the adjustments that we weren't [able to] in the first [half].

"We've got to play for 80 minutes. ... The good Division IV teams, if we want a chance at playing them, we've got to play the entire time."

While the Eagles started slow, the Braves could not finish strong after a fast start. Kyle Stasiewski put the Braves on the board in the 26th minute. The ball went into the box, bounced off several Braves' feet before Anthony Arace passed to Stasiewski for the goal. That was all the offense the Braves could generate.

The Eagles controlled the ball in the second half, and when the Braves did get the ball on the opposite side of the field, they could not get clean looks at the goal.

Taconic coach Shaun Stannard said Everett made the Braves pay for their defensive miscues.

"We were having breakdowns in the middle and the back," he said. "Guys weren't getting back and supporting each other. It's something we've been working on and we've got to keep working on it."

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Everett     0     4          4

Taconic     1     0          1

First Half

T — Kyle Stasiewski (Anthony Arace), 25:13

Second Half

ME — Brendan Dempsey (Anthony Lupiani), 47:01.

ME — Lupiani (Dempsey), 51:59.

ME — Dempsey (unassisted), 53:00.

ME — Nikos Casivant (unassisted), 77:00.

Saves — M: Patrick Silk 5. T: Colby Sherman 12.

Reach sports writer Akeem Glaspie at 413-496-6252 or @TheAkeemGlaspie.


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