Hurricanes Finish Strong with Win over Braves

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If the 2012 season wasn't already sweet enough, the Hoosac Valley boys' soccer team added a few more sprinkles on top with a 1-0 win over Taconic in the Hurricanes' regular-season finale on Saturday. 

After going 1-13-2 last season, Hoosac showed significant improvement in Camilo Bermudez's first year as head coach. Everything came together in the final week of the season for the Hurricanes, who clinched a playoff spot with a 3-0 win over rival Drury on Monday before locking up the South Division title with a 2-2 tie against Lee on Thursday. 

Saturday's victory over Taconic gave Hoosac (9-5-2, 6-1-1) a 5-0-1 record in its final six games of the season. The win came as a result of senior Nick Ryan's goal in the 57th minute of play. Junior Sean Ryan-Kut set up the tally, taking advantage of a misplayed ball by a Braves' defender and slotting it over to Ryan, who beat Taconic keeper Kevin Squires (eight saves) for the only goal of the game. 

Braves' head coach Mark Wasnewksy said it was an evenly-matched contest, but Taconic (3-10-3) was unable to put a ball past Hurricanes goalie Tom Galisa, who made three saves to pick up his seventh shutout of the year. Bermudez also credited senior sweeper Mitch Graves for his role in keeping the Braves off the scoreboard. 

Hoosac now waits to find out who it will be playing in the upcoming Division 2 Western Mass. tournament. Taconic, meanwhile, closes out its regular season with a home game against Hampden Charter School at 3:30 p.m. on Monday. 

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