NORTH ADAMS -- The Hoosac Valley boys’ soccer team matched its offensive output from a year ago at Drury, but Friday afternoon’s game was far from similar.
The Blue Devils clogged the middle of the field, keeping the Hurricanes to the outside, tied the game and had a chance 15 seconds before halftime to take a lead.
In the end, though, the outcome was the same. Hoosac turned it on in the second half and walked away with a 4-1 win, their first of the season.
"I think we went into this game expecting the same kind of result, and you can’t do that," Hoosac coach Camilo Bermudez said. "They’re an organized team. They work hard. They have talented players. That’s deadly in soccer because the tide can turn pretty quickly."
Senior forward Sean Ryan-Kut sparked the offense 1 minute, 51 seconds into the second half with his second goal of the game. He completed the hat trick with 1:17 to play after missing a wide open net minutes earlier.
Shaun Knapp scored Hoosac’s third goal midway through the second half, which seemed to sap the energy out of Drury.
The Blue Devils had their chances in the first half. They capitalized on the first when Connor Meehan mad a nice move to the inside and ripped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box into the far side of the net to tie the game 1-1 with 9:33 left.
Their second came in the dying seconds when Hoosac keeper Colby Ells played the ball with his hands outside the box. The referee restarted the play quickly and Meehan rushed a shot wide. Caproni said later the call was not for a handball, but obstruction on a defender. The goal wouldn’t have counted anyway because it didn’t touch another Drury player.
"I’m glad that we had that opportunity," Drury coach Greg Caproni said. "At least it shows you that we’re pushing up that way and things will happen with this team."
At the time, it looked as if Drury had squandered a golden opportunity and Hoosac escaped into halftime.
"Had they figured out a way to sneak in a second, it would have been a whole different game," Bermudez said.
The wild finish to the first half seemed to scare the Hurricanes awake, and they wasted little time climbing back on top.
Ryan-Kut tallied the eventual game-winner when David Haley took a shot against the grain from outside the 18 aimed at the far post. The grass slowed it, but Ryan-Kut won the race to the ball and helped it over the goal line.
"It definitely got us pumped up for the next goals," Haley said. "We were on our heels at first, but then we got on our toes and moved a little closer, but we did pretty good."
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