WILLIAMSTOWN -- Something had to give on John T. Allen Field Monday afternoon.
Mount Greylock and Monument Mountain were both unbeaten in league play and battling for the top spot in the North Division. Thanks to Nathan Majumder, the advantage goes to Greylock.
Majumder’s goal in the final minute broke a tie and gave the Mounties a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Spartans on a rainy afternoon.
Jonah and Nathan Majumder scored goals in the final 6:21 of the game to counter a Monument tally with 10 minutes left.
"Coming out, we knew it was going to come down to one or two goals at the end," Nathan Majumder said. "When they got that goal, we weren’t going to quit then. I wasn’t expecting two goals."
The Spartans’ Jason Laramee had just buried in the back of the net to break a scoreless tie with 11 minutes left in the game against Mount Greylock. That’s when the Mounties mounted their comeback.
"Greylock, I’ve got to give them all the credit in the world. It was a really gutsy performance to do that in the last couple of minutes," said Monument coach Matt Naventi. "It was a solid, well-played game on both ends and we did what we wanted to do in the second half. We controlled the midfield and played pretty well. We just couldn’t finish."
Finishing, however, is just what the Mounties did.
Laramee converted a cross by Ian Akers with Taylor Carlough and
Four minutes later, the Mounties mounted an a attack when Majumder left-footed a blast from 25 yards out into the top left corner. Monument goalie Aaron House didn’t have a chance.
"After a miss like that, you think there’s nothing that can make up for it," Jonah Majumder said. "This game’s on me. I let the team down. That’s the only real way I can come back from that."
With the game tied, it fell to the other Majumder brother to break the deadlock.
The Mounties midfielder ran toward the goal as Eric Hirsch carried the ball down the left sideline. Dils said that he had wanted Hirsch to bring the ball back out because the Mounties had only two strikers.
"I wanted him to pull it back out, but he made a nice endline move. He’s a very crafty, sneaky player and he played that ball perfectly across the box," said Dils.
In between the two Greylock goals, Houston kept his team from falling behind a second time.
With three minutes remaining, the Spartans were counterattacking and Newey found the ball at his feet. He ripped a shot from about 30 yards that was heading for the top right corner. Houston got a hand on it and knocked the ball out of danger.
"On a normal day, I would be able to get behind it and make sure I get the spin right," said Houston. "I was slipping through the mud, so I just had to jump and pray. I got a good hand on it and tipped it out of bounds."
When the game was over, Houston had recorded five saves, four in the second half.
That’s how close Monument was to winning. These teams will meet in Great Barrington at the end of the month, so this game will likely be remembered.