Drury boys soccer team blanked by Belchertown

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NORTH ADAMS — The Drury boys soccer team came up against a quality Belchertown team on Columbus Day. And while the Blue Devils were able to hang around early, the Orioles eventually wore the Blue Devils down to post a 4-0 win.

Belchertown (7-4) got on the board about midway through the first half through a penalty kick, and with just under three to go until halftime, the Orioles scored on a corner kick to take a 2-0 edge into the break.

"Yeah, we wanted to go out there and try to compete and keep them off the scoreboard, and we did that for a long time," Drury coach John Jacobbe said. "Then they got the PK, which was a foul in the box, but after working so hard that's not the way you want to give up a goal."

While the 2-0 lead was big, the game was in reach coming out of halftime. A minute into the second half, though, Belchertown broke down the Drury resistance for good when Maxim Caron latched onto the end of a Nate Schiffer cross and squeezed his shot by Corbin Rumbolt.

Belchertown added a fourth with 26 minutes left int he game, when Joe Bianco tapped home a cross from Zach Lajeunesse.

"We talked about some things we had to tidy up for the second half, and for the most part they did it," Belchertown coach Zach Siano said. "We just couldn't find the back of the twine, in part because of the goalies there."

The goalies Siano mentioned were starter Corbin Rumbolt (9 saves), and reserve goalie Max Daugherty (6 saves).

"Both of their goalies made some unreal saves today," Siano said. "Hats off to both of those guys in net."

Evan Fournier scored the penalty kick to open the scoring after a teammate was brought down in the box with 21 minutes, 15 seconds left in the half.

Rumbolt kept the game at 1-0 four minutes later, when he sprawled out to make a save on a close-range effort from Jacob Torna.

Drury (4-5) got its best chance to score in the 36th minute. Scott Maguire started the play with a ball over the top of the Belchertown defense. His pass landed with Reece Racette, and the senior broke free down the right wing. Racette, though, was forced a little too wide, and his shot ended up safely in the hands of Christopher Tilton.

Before the half let out, Rumbolt made a string of nice parries to keep his team in it. The first came after Racette's effort, with Rumbolt denying a stinging effort from Fournier.

The shot was sent out for a corner, and Fournier stepped up to take the corner. He sailed his pass over the top of the defense and onto the head of Jardon Bolton.

After both goals in the second half, Drury started shuffling its lineup around, knowing a game against archrival Hoosac Valley awaited Tuesday. Part of the shuffling including sliding Max Daugherty — typically a striker on the other end of the field — into goal. Daugherty responded with a string of nice saves.

"Corbin and Max are seniors, and Max has always been able to make the spectacular save," Jacobbe said.

Tuesday's game will be at Renfrew Park in Adams, starting under the lights at 7 p.m.

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Belchertown     2     2     —     4

Drury     0     0     —     0

First Half

B — Evan Fournier (penalty kick), 18:45. B — Jarod Bolton (Fournier), 37:25.

Second Half

B — Maxim Caron (Nate Schiffer), 41:02. B — Joe Bianco (Zach Lajeunesse), 53:55.

Saves — B: Chris Tilton 2, Matt Tilton 0. D: Corbin Rumbolt 9, Max Daugherty 6.

Geoff Smith can be reached at gsmith@berkshireeagle.com, @GSmith_Eagle on Twitter and 413-496-6254.


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