Roundup: Pittsfield, Lenox boys soccer teams battle to 1-1 draw
PITTSFIELD — The Lenox and Pittsfield boys soccer teams played as entertaining a second half as two teams can play without scoring a goal, as the teams split the honors on Friday in a 1-1 game at Kirvin Park.
Mike Abdalla struck first to put Lenox (8-3-3, 2-3-1 Berkshire North) ahead in the first half, taking a pass from Nic Baruch on the counter attack, utilizing a stutter step to create space, then breaking free to slot home.
Pittsfield (7-5-3, 3-2-2), though, countered with a goal of its own in the first half. With a shade over eight minutes remaining in the frame, Gabe Rich sliced a shot that was going to go wide and out of play, only for the ball to go in front of Seyvon Kouao in the box. Kouao re-directed the shot into the goal to tie the game up.
In the second half, both teams had chances to try and get the win, but neither side could find the breakthrough.
Lenox is officially in the Western Mass. Division IV tournament field, while PHS is just one point — either a win (2 points) or a draw — away from making the D-I field.
Lenox 1 0 — 1
Pittsfield 1 0 — 1
L — Mike Abdalla (Nic Baruch), 25:39. P — Seyvon Kouao (Gabe Rich), 31:57.
Saves — L: Matt Tibbetts 3. P: Avi Snowise 5.
Ludlow 2, Mount Greylock 1
WILLIAMSTOWN — Mike Tuck's goal with four minutes left to play gave visiting Ludlow a hard-fought win over Mount Greylock
"We lost another tough one to a high-level D-I team," Greylock coach Blair Dils wrote in an email. "We've certainly been in the hunt with these games against Ludlow, West Springfield and Longmeadow."
The Mounties' only losses came against those three teams, and Amherst, who have a combined record of 43-11-8.
Sam Dils' goal in the 11th minute tied the game at one. That's how it stood until Tuck controlled a deflected shot and put it by goalkeeper David Falk.
Falk had eight saves for the Mounties.
Ludlow 1 1 — 2
Mount Greylock 1 0 — 1
L — Evan Dias (Jared Leroux), 1:00. MG — Sam Dils (Brady Foehl), 11:00.
L — Mike Tuck (Leroux), 76:00.
Saves — L: Alec Albright 3. MG: David Falk 8.
Mount Everett 6, St. Mary's 2
SHEFFIELD — After a cagey first half saw the Eagles take a one-goal lead into the break, Mount Everett exploded in the second to roll to a win.
Brendan Dempsey and Alex Zdziarski each scored a pair in the win, while Cavan Brady had a hat trick of assists.
"It took us a little while to get going, but once we did, it was good," Everett (8-2-2) coach Josh King said.
Patrick Silk had four saves for Mount Everett.
St. Mary's 0 2 — 2
Everett 1 5 — 6
ME — Jack Carpenter (Cavan Brady), 36:18.
SM — Aaron Blanchard (Jake Butler), 42:00. ME — Brendan Dempsey (Anthony Lupiani), 52:56. ME — David Bautista-Cruz (Brady), 63:00. ME — Alex Zdziarski (Bautista-Cruz), 71:00. ME — Dempsey (Brady), 73:00. SM — Butler (Blanchard), 77:00. ME — Zdziarski (Zach Lupiani), 78:00.
Saves — SM: Dom Nomakio 9. ME: Patrick Silk 4.
Pope Francis 3, Drury 0
NORTH ADAMS — Pope Francis scored twice in the second half to take down the Blue Devils (11-5).
Corbin Rumbolt had six saves for Drury, and Max Daugherty came in and made two saves.
Pope Francis 1 2 — 3
Drury 0 0 — 0
PF — Matt Nogueria (unassisted), 6:00.
PF — Makem Demers (Ian Casella), 54:00. PF — PJ Murphy (Josh Sears), 58:00.
Saves — PF: Tebin Early 3. D: Corbin Rumbolt 6, Max Daugherty 2.
Hoosac Valley 4, Pittsfield 0
CHESHIRE — The Hoosac Valley girls were sick of drawing teams and wanted a win. What better way to do that than by taking down the Generals.
The Hurricanes (5-2-5) scored two goals on either side of halftime to take the decision.
Alie Mendel scored a pair for the Hurricanes.
"It was so nice for us to get into the win column tonight," Hoosac coach Kathy Budaj wrote in an email. "The girls had expressed that we have had a lot of ties and wanted a solid win. We have been talking about doing the little things and the big things will come, and tonight they did."
Hayley Tobin stopped two shots for PHS (3-9-3).
Pittsfield 0 0 — 0
Hoosac 2 2 — 4
HV — Mia Gale (unassisted), 13:57. HV — Alie Mendel (UA), 31:13.
HV — Mendel (UA), 52:53. HV — Ellie Field (Shaleigh Levesque), 64:50.
Saves — P: Hayley Tobin 2. HV: Grace Kronick 4.
Monument Mountain 2, Mount Greylock 1
GREAT BARRINGTON — Aubrey Blanchard's goal in the 63rd minute broke a tie and gave the Spartans a big win over Mount Greylock.
Gabi DeFelice took the corner kick, Blanchard elevated and headed the ball past goalkeeper Isabella Nicastro.
It was a "hard fought, fast-paced game with lots of changes in possession," Monument coach Jess Platt wrote in an email. "I thought we played well and have been successful implementing the things we work on in training."
Mount Greylock 1 0 — 1
Monument Mountain 1 1 — 2
MM — Zufan Bazzano (Meri Powell), 6:52. MG — Madison Ross (unassisted), 18:43.
MM — Aubrey Blanchard (Gabi DeFelice), 62:18.
Lee girls soccer 4, Drury 0
NORTH ADAMS — Shannon Finnegan scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Wildcats (7-8) kept up their quest to make the Western Mass. tournament.
Lena Simone scored the eventual winner for Lee in the first half, and Finnegan scored the first of her pair to put the Wildcats up 2-0 at halftime. The second of Finnegan's goals came from the penalty spot to round out the scoring.
Mackenzie Dobbert stopped 10 shots in the loss for the Blue Devils.
Lee 2 2 — 4
Drury 0 0 — 0
Goals — L: Shannon Finnegan 2, Lena Simone, Ann Macchi.
Assists — L: Haley DeVarennes, Macchi, Finnegan
Saves — L: Brianna Hawley 1. D: Mackenzie Dobbert 10.
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