Wahconah girls soccer knocks off previously unbeaten Monument Mountain
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GREAT BARRINGTON — Monument Mountain's run as the final undefeated girls soccer team in Berkshire County is over.
Amelia Dougherty scored twice in Wahconah's three-goal second half as the Warriors (7-4, 3-1 North Division) rallied to beat Monument Mountain 3-1, and knock the Spartans (6-1-2, 4-1-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game. They beat us 2-1 the first time around," said Dougherty. "We've been working really hard on staying connected, and I think we did that today."
It's been a pretty interesting week for Wahconah, as the Warriors rallied with four goals in the second half Monday to beat Hoosac Valley. Here on Thursday, Aubrey Blanchard had given Monument a 1-0 halftime lead before the Warriors came storming back.
That rally on Monday, according to Wahconah's Emmy Cote, helped the Warriors against Monument.
"At the end of that game, we finally stepped it up and became who we actually are," said Cote. "When we practice, we look sometimes different than we do in a game. That 15 minutes of that game was where we came together and really gave us a push in this game."
Monument had the better of play for much of the first half. Wahconah didn't get really rolling until the latter stages of the opening 40 minutes, but did not get on the scoreboard.
"We haven't been putting tons of goals up on the board every game. It's frustrating sometimes," said Monument coach Jess Platt. "If we're playing good soccer, goals will come and we're going to keep working."
Wahconah didn't score a goal off a play in the first meeting, as the only tally came on a penalty kick. The Warriors finally broke through early in the second half.
Dougherty and Hannah Ronayne were involved in the scoring play. Ronayne broke down the right wing and eventually centered the ball to Dougherty in the box and Dougherty tucked the ball inside the post to the right of goalkeeper Emily Rada.
"That's what we need," Wahconah coach Meghan Smith said. "We need to get those goals and then the girls feel like they can contend, even though we are able to contend with those teams.
"That first goal really boosted our confidence."
Dougherty, who scored two of Wahconah's four goals in the win over Hoosac, netted her second of the game at 63:10, taking a pass from Allison Washburn and putting the ball in the net under the crossbar. Arden McKnight got a goal just over a minute later, when she intercepted a clearing kick by Rada and scored.
After the game, Platt had her players gathered around her for a few minutes, talking about what happened and the road ahead. Platt said that her team is focused on the short term rather than the long term, and she said she was confident the Spartans would be able to file away the disappointment of losing their undefeated record.
The Monument coach also said that while there's never a good time to lose, some times are far worse than others.
"Not losing is always ideal, right? I would agree that losing now in our season gives us an opportunity to just kind of move forward with it and have six more games under our belt before we head into tournament time," Platt said. "We don't want it to be the first game in November when we had our first loss."
MM—Aubrey Blanchard (Crista Cardillo), 16:36.
W—Amelia Dougherty (Hannah Ronayne), 42:37. W—Dougherty (Allison Washburn), 63:10. W—Arden McKnight (UA), 64:28.
Saves—W: Sage Howes 7. MM: Emily Rada 10.
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