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Boys Soccer: Mohawk Trail’s Cinderella march ends in quarterfinals

  • Mohawk Trail's Gavin Steele-McCutchen attempts to escape from Mount Everett defender Andrew Consolini during the Western Mass Div. 4 quarterfinals in Sheffield on Thursday.

  • Mohawk Trail’s Porter Carr, center, blasts in a shot from just inside the box during the Western Mass Div. 4 quarterfinals against Mount Everett on Thursday in Sheffield. Contributed Photo

For the Recorder
Published: 11/7/2019 10:02:17 PM
Modified: 11/7/2019 10:02:05 PM

SHEFFIELD — Considering where the Mohawk Trail varsity program was a year ago — or rather, where it wasn’t — the final result of Thursday’s Western Massachusetts Division 4 quarterfinal against No. 1 Mount Everett was still a plus.

Yes, the No. 9 Warriors fell to the top-seeded Eagles 4-2 in a steady rain in Sheffield, but the upstart Warriors battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the first half to make things interesting going into the second stanza, before Jack Carpenter tucked away a second-half penalty kick to help secure his team’s win.

“It was a long bus ride down here, we came off the bus a little flat,” Mohawk coach Nick Brown said. “But hey, we came out here and the guys did everything I could have asked. They came out — sure they scored those three quick goals, but we answered back with two of our own.

“Second half, we played a great second half,” he continued. “They played a great second half, it was pretty much even from that point on. It was a fun game for us.”

The issue for the visitors was the slow start. Not even a minute into the game, David Bautista-Cruz played a ball out to Andrew Consolini on the right wing, and Consolini sent in a low cross to Pedro Rodrigo, and Rodrigo was able to tap it home.

In the 15th minute, the lead was doubled, again from the right wing on a cross from Jacob TenBroeck. Jordan Peck was the one waiting in the box, and after letting the ball bounce on the turf, Peck poked home to make it 2-0. The Eagles added another two minutes later, when Carpenter sent a header from a corner kick in the direction of the Mohawk goal. A defender got his body on the ball, but redirected it toward the net, and Reuben Bassett was unable to keep it out.

Mohawk kept with it, though, and got a response in the 21st minute. Tyler Sermini was called for a hand ball in the box, and Keeman Ramirez stepped up to the spot to take the kick. He sent his shot directly at Michael Devoti, but the Eagles ’keeper was unable to corral the ball before it spilled into his net.

Seven minutes later, the Warriors made things very interesting when a cross from Tyler Dubreuil wasn’t cleared by the defense, and John Richardson was there to finish up the chance.

Carpenter was able to ease the tension when he scored his penalty eight minutes into the second half. Consolini drew the foul, and Carpenter blasted his effort in.

And while Devoti could have been sulking after giving up the penalty goal, he instead made sure the lead stood up in the second half. Devoti had several acrobatic saves to deny shots heading toward the corners of his goal, and in one sequence he parried a shot by Jamie Colmenarejo, then scooped the loose ball up off the feet of a Mohawk player.

Devoti finished the night with five saves, including four in the second half. Bassett stopped 15 shots in the loss, as players like Eduardo Rodriguez, Bautista-Cruz, Carpenter and TenBroeck consistently peppered the goal.

With the win, the Eagles advance to the Western Mass. semifinals next week. They will play the winner of No. 4 Gateway vs. No. 5 Monson.

Mohawk finishes with an 8-8-4 record, and after the game the players on the team thanked Brown for coaching them this season. The coach put the praise back on his kids when talking to reporters.

“I am so proud of these guys,” Brown said. “Everything that they’ve done, last year we didn’t have a varsity program, they fought to have a varsity program, and they took a team that wasn’t supposed to happen, all the way to the second round of the playoffs. I’ll take it. I’ll take everything they’ve given, I’m proud.”

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