WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Kelsey Orpin and Sophie Leamon show took center stage for the Mount Greylock girls' soccer team Thursday evening.
The pair's two goals and tough defensive play powered the Mounties to a 3-0 victory against division rival Drury under the lights at John T. Allen Field.
The Mounties (3-1-1) wasted no time getting on the board early in the first half. Five minutes in, Leamon darted through the midfield, dribbled past five Blue Devil defenders and found Orpin wide open on the right. Orpin wasted no time punching it past goalkeeper Ali Tatro to give Greylock an early 1-0 lead.
"That first goal was huge for us because we've had trouble scoring this season," Greylock coach Tom Ostheimer said. "To get Sophie just carrying, carrying, carrying and making that easy pass [to Orpin] who then put it in the back of the net. That really set the tone for us in this game."
Said Orpin, "It was a give-and-go and [I] just told [Leamon] to pass it through when she did and it worked."
The Blue Devils (1-3-0) were finding quality scoring chances few and far between against the tough Mounties' defense. The Blue Devils' closest opportunity to crack keeper Margot Besnard came eight minutes in when Allison Meehan found Celene Koperek to her right, but Koperek's shot sailed wide to the right.
Orpin's aggressive play would set the Mounties up with two quality scoring chances early in the second half, but her
Orpin's third opportunity was the charm, as she centered the ball from the right corner to Leamon, who sailed one past Tatro with 33:08 remaining to give Greylock a 2-0 lead.
"We had [Orpin] on defense last year, and we pushed her up to offense this year," Ostheimer said. "She has a beautiful cross, can go vertically really quickly. Her start/stop speed is really incredible."
Melissa Swann tacked on a late goal for the Mounties with 15:09 remaining in the game.