NORTH ADAMS -- The Drury defense was outstanding, denying time and space. The Blue Devils were make life for the Mount Greylock forwards aggravating.
A small miscommunication allowed Sophie Leamon to do what she does best -- score. Her tally in the 55th minute powered the Mounties to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Drury on Thursday afternoon.
Greylock closes out its September schedule with a 6-1 record.
"Looking at our schedule and being in the North, having Wahconah and Lenox and others ... I'm very happy to be 6-1," Greylock coach Tom Ostheimer said.
The miscommunication that left Leamon all alone on the left flank came at about midfield. Leamon took care of the rest, making one move in stride to get past the final Drury defender and placed the ball just inside the left post, just out of the reach of a diving Allison Meehan.
"We were trying to get the goal a couple times and just not getting it or going too close and not taking the shot or coming too far out," Leamon said. "I knew I was close enough where I could get it on net, so I took the shot and hoped it went in."
Greylock controlled the play for much of the second half, but had nothing to show for it after more than 14 minutes.
The Mounties controlled the ball inside the 18-yard box on two occasions, yet failed to generate a quality chance. Their crosses were continually gobbled up by Meehan (10 saves), and they weren't able to penetrate down the middle.
"[Leamon and Kelsey Orpin] have a lot of moves, so it is pretty tough [to stay on them]," Drury defenseman Kasha Wissman said. "I've been telling my defense to step it up and stay tight on them.
"At first, we were really intense and we wanted to step up and everything, but as the game went on, we kind of gave them too much room."
The positive was all that pressure made it nearly impossible for Drury to score. Factor in Sarah Stripp's presence on the defensive line, and the Blue Devils barely got a whiff of scoring.
The freshman defender looked calm and collected each and every time she touched the ball. It didn't matter if she was trapped in the corner or distributing from the middle with a forward charging hard.
"Alexa Adams, last year, she taught me a lot," Stripp said. ‘She was a senior for us last year, and she always told me that you can't get all flustered because it will affect your game and just play with your heart."
Drury got on the board first just 2:48 into the game. Celene Koperek fed a ball to Cori Ghidotti at the top of the 18 between two Greylock defenders. The ball rattled around briefly before Ghidotti emerged behind the defense and quickly beat Charlotte Rand (seven saves), giving Drury a huge boost of confidence.
Drury held that lead until Greylock was awarded a penalty kick, and Melissa Swann (1g, 1a) converted at the 30:38 mark.
"I thought we got a very fortunate call with the PK, and then we didn't get many calls after that," Ostheimer said. "That helped jump-start us."
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Mount Greylock 2, Drury 1
Mount Greylock 1 1 -- 2
Drury 1 0 -- 1
D -- Cori Ghidotti (Celene Koperek)m 2:48.
MG -- Melissa Swann (PK), 30:38.
MG -- Sophie Leamon (Swann), 54:46.
Saves -- MG: Charlotte Rand 7; D: Allison Meehan 10.