Bagdon strikes for Red Hawk boys in 1-1 tie with Mt. Greylock

  • Frontier’s Noah Jacques battles for the ball wtih Mount Greylock’s Julius Munemo Saturday in Wiliamstown, where the teams played to a 1-1 independent boys’ soccer tie. FOR THE RECORDER/GEOFF SMITH

  • Frontier’s Connor Bagdon battles with Mount Greylock’s Toby Foehl Saturday in Williamstown, where the teams played to a 1-1 independent boys’ soccer draw. FOR THE RECORDER/GEOFF SMITH

  • Frontier celebrates after Connor Bagdon (9) scored his team’s lone goal in a 1-1 independent boys’ soccer tie in Williamstown. FOR THE RECORDER/GEOFF SMITH

  • Frontier sniper Connor Bagdon dribbles past Mount Greylock’s Sam Dils during Saturday’s 1-1 independent boys’ soccer tie in Williamstown. FOR THE RECORDER/GEOFF SMITH

For The Recorder
Sunday, September 10, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN — Connor Bagdon scored his first goal for Frontier Regional School as the Red Hawks earned their second consecutive draw against a Berkshire County opponent, playing to a 1-1 tie with Mount Greylock Regional School Saturday afternoon.

Bagdon, the former New England Revolution Academy product, scored by converting on a cross from Ethan LaFluer just over two minutes into the second half.

The goal provided some relief for the Red Hawks, who had found themselves pinned back in the first half when the Mounties tried to exert their control on the contest.

“I was very happy for him,” Frontier coach Dale Totman said. “He played for the New England Revs academy the last two years, so this is his first year playing for Frontier, and it was cool to see him get his first career goal. I think that will help boost his confidence going forward.”

Greylock tied the game up in the 57th minute, when Sam Dils was brought down in the box. Brady Foehl stepped up to the penalty spot, and beat Peter Bronke low and to Bronke’s left side. Both teams had chances in the final 20 minutes, but neither side could convert.

The game played out very similarly to how Frontier’s opening 1-1 draw against Monument Mountain went. In that game, the season opener in South Deerfield, the Red Hawks scored the first goal — also in the second half — before conceding the equalizer. But for Totman, walking out of both games with ties wasn’t the worst thing in the world.

“It was very ironic that it was the same kind of scenario as last game,” Totman said. “I liked our response to the adversity, because we felt it was kind of a questionable PK call. … and I thought we responded to that well.

“In my opinion, Greylock and Monument Mountain are the two best Berkshire teams. So, getting two ties in those games, I’m not disappointed in that. Those aren’t bad results. I like that these guys aren’t happy, though. They want to win.”

Greylock struck the woodwork twice in the second half, but for the most part Frontier was able to keep the Mounties quiet in the final third.

“This team has basically been built on defense, and we take pride in our defense,” Totman said of their work. “That’s our identity. I’m pleased with our defense, it’s right where it should be.”