If the girls' soccer season was over, Mount Greylock and Hoosac Valley would be co-champions of the South Division.
However, the girls soccer season isn't over. Both teams still have four games remaining in the season as they attempt to claim sole possession of the division. That stretch begins this afternoon at Hoosac Valley High School against each other.
Last year, the Mounties tied Drury for the South title, leaving a bitter taste in their mouths.
"Tying Drury last year, was a little bit of a disappointment because I think we were capable of more than that," senior goalkeeper Margot Besnard said. "This year, we really want to win the South. That's something I want to do as a senior.
"We really need to beat Hoosac in order to that, that's why this game is so important."
Hoosac Valley has just one loss in the division this season, while the Mounties are unbeaten in the division. The Hurricanes loss came at the hands of the Mounties with one second to play in the game on
With both teams enjoying success after that first tilt, the importance of today's game has built up leading into the final few weeks of the season.
"It will be a keeper war for sure," Hoosac coach Blair Mahar said. "They have a wicked keeper and so do we. They have a wicked defense and so do we. They have wicked strikers and so do we. It will be a great one to watch, that's for sure."
The teams sit in a log-jam atop the South with 10 points each. The Hurricanes have won five divisional games and the Mounties have four victories to go with two ties -- both to Lee.
After today's showdown both teams have three games remaining in divisional play.
The Hurricanes will battle Drury, Mount Everett and Lee once more, while the Mounties will take on Mount Everett twice and Drury once more.
"It's a huge game for us," Hoosac junior Courtney Hayer said. "The South is on the line. We really need to win this game to set up the rest [of the season]."
The Hurricanes clinched a postseason berth on Oct. 13 with a 4-3 victory over Frontier. The Mounties sit four points (two wins or four ties) shy of a postseason berth.
The first step toward the playoffs starts on defense for the Mounties. They will have their hands full with Hoosac's Meg Rodowicz and Danielle Beauchemin. Rodowicz has 10 goals on the season to go along with five assists. Beauchemin has scored seven goals and also has five assists, while Lily Kronick has added seven goals.
"Hoosac is obviously very talented," Greylock sweeper Alexa Adams said. "Our defense is going to have to be aware of them and keep them outside. We need to be sure to step up on them and not give [Beauchemin] any looks from the outside."
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