WILLIAMSTOWN -- Nathan Majumder flung his head back toward the sky and then slammed his hands on the turf of John T. Allen Field showing his frustration with just over four minutes to play in Monday's matinee against Lenox.
Berkshire County's second-leading scorer hit the right-corner post twice inside of 25 seconds on free kicks, missing two golden chances to push his team ahead. Lenox was able to hang on for a 1-1 tie.
Both chances came from about 25 yards away from the goal after Lenox had committed fouls. The first he tried to direct over a wall of Lenox players and past the keeper.
"The goalie was right behind the wall. He wasn't guarding the open part of the net," Majumder said. "I know I can bend that ball. It was just bad luck that I hit the posts."
On the second kick, the striker didn't allow Lenox to set up and just blasted a shot, but got the same result.
"The post was definitely our friend today," Lenox senior Andrew Vickery said. "Majumder had a rough game because of [the post]. It was just an unlucky day for them, but lucky for us."
Majumder wasn't the only one to hit a post on the day. Felix Kershaw sent a shot from outside the 18-yard box just over the finger tips of Lenox keeper Trevor Hathaway, but the ball clanked off the crossbar. Greylock fired 14 shots on the day, but only five required Hathaway to get involved.
"I don't think I've ever seen three [posts] in one game like that," Greylock coach Blair Dils said. "They were three very well-taken kicks, but you just needed one or two inches one way and it could have easily been a 4-1 game. But that is soccer, it's the way it goes."
Alex White scored the lone goal for the Mounties 18 minutes into the game. Hathaway made a sprawling stop on a shot from Majumder, but the ball bounced straight to an unguarded White. He wasted no time collecting the ball and putting it into the empty goal.
It was the only chance the Mounties capitalized on, missing several other opportunities.
"We just came out flat and didn't capitalize on our opportunities and didn't work hard from the beginning," Majumder said. "That allowed them to stay in it and get chances."
Chances were slim for the Millionaires, but Alex Bennett was able to get the equalizer for his team with 20 minutes to play.
Vickery sprinted past his bench, yelling to his coach for a breather as his team went on the attack. He then directed a pass from teammate Seamus Ryan to Bennett, who fired it to the top left corner to tie the game. Then he took his breather.
"We finally got a break and I saw Alex to my right, so I just kind of redirected Seamus' ball and gave it to him more direct," Vickery said. "He had an absolutely amazing finish on it to finish the goal."
The Millionaires managed nine shots in the game, but most came from outside the penalty box.
"We got opportunities, just not chances," Vickery said. We capitalized on one of the few chances we had."
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