Mount Everett boys soccer downs Hoosac Valley to win Berkshire South title
CHESHIRE — On a dreary day at Hoosac Valley, the Mount Everett boys soccer team lit up the Hurricanes for three goals inside the first eight minutes of play, and went on to post a 5-1 win that clinched the Berkshire South crown.
Mount Everett (7-5-2, 6-0-2 South) got a hat trick from Jack Carpenter in the win, while Eduardo Rodriguez got his team on the board just over a minute in.
Hoosac coach Pat Mahoney said he was shocked by what transpired in the first seven minutes, and it started when Tyler Sermini sent a cross into the Hoosac box. Rodriguez brought the ball under control, then finished with 38:57 on the scoreboard.
"It's great, especially on a day like today," Mount Everett coach Joe McSpiritt said of the fast start. "It's slippery, wet, the ball was skipping around. That just boosted our confidence. We struggled early in the season scoring goals, and now we are starting to put them in the back of the net."
Carpenter doubled the lead in the 7th minute, and Jordi Peck hit an audacious shot from distance that looped over Luke Waterman's head and through the net — literally, as a hole in the backstop allowed the ball to go through, and it took a moment before the referee signaled for a goal.
"You dig yourself into a massive hole immediately," Mahoney said of giving up the first three goals. "We just weren't switched on at all. That was almost surreal. All three times they attacked, they scored, and we didn't get anything on it. Then we woke up."
While the initial shock-and-awe had Hoosac (3-10-3, 2-4-2) reeling, the Hurricanes didn't give up hope after the third goal. The hosts started growing into the game, and in the 28th minute Evan Norcross put a nice curling effort into Michael Devoti's net, finishing off a pass from Derek Jimenez.
Hoosac had several more golden opportunities to cut into the lead later in the first half. One sequence in particular saw Norcross miss from a tight angle, then the Everett defense cleared a ball off the line, and a follow up shot by a Hoosac player sailed over the goal instead of into an open net.
"That's how we've been all season," Mahoney said. "We have a tough time finishing chances that we work so hard to create. That's really been our Achilles' heel, majorly."
With the danger passed, the start of the second half saw few clear chances for either side. Carpenter snapped the game out of a lull when Michael Ullrich slipped a pass to Carpenter in the box, which the midfielder finished with aplomb.
Five minutes later, and Carpenter polished off his hat trick by capitalizing on a pass from Nathaniel VonRuden.
McSpiritt said that with the league now clinched, his team can focus on jockeying for playoff position, instead of a playoff spot in general.
"That's huge. We had a tougher schedule this year, so the wins were tougher to come by," the coach said. "So being able to win our league and make sure that we make it to the postseason again is big."
Michael Devoti made seven saves in the win, while Luke Waterman made eight in the loss for Hoosac.
Everett 3 2 — 5
Hoosac 1 0 — 1
ME — Eduardo Rodriguez (Tyler Sermini), 1:03. ME — Jack Carpenter (unassisted), 6:35. ME — Jordi Peck (UA), 7:45. HV — Evan Norcross (Derek Jimenez), 27:35.
ME — Carpenter (Michael Ullrich), 64:41. ME — Carpenter (Nathaniel VonRuden), 69:49.
Saves — ME: Michael Devoti 7. HV — Luke Waterman 8.
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