'Canes Fade in Second Half, Lose to Millionaires

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LENOX, Mass. — The defensive strategy of the Hoosac Valley boys' soccer team was working pretty well in the first half of its game against Lenox on Friday night. The Millionaires got a little more creative on offense in the second half, however, scoring four goals after halftime to pull away for a 5-0 win at home.

The second half marked the first poor 40 minutes of soccer the Hurricanes (2-2) have played this season. Hoosac had quite a bit of success with its pack-it-in defense against Mount Greylock on Tuesday, holding the high-powered Mounties to just one goal on the day. The same strategy seemed to be working against Lenox (2-1), which took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute on a chip shot by senior Abdul Al Henaidi

The score remained the same into the second half, when the floodgates opened up wide for the Millionaires. Senior Alex Pratt made it a two-goal game just two minutes in, pouncing on a loose ball and one-timing a shot into the back of the net. Senior Seamus Ryan added another goal 15 minutes later, taking a pass from classmate Alex Bennett (two assists) and beating 'Canes goalie Tom Galisa (seven saves) to the right. 

Ryan set up another tally two minutes after that, redirecting a cross across the front of the goal for an easy tap in for Liam Gennari. Senior Garren O'Connor closed out the scoring in the 73rd minute, finding the top corner of the net on a free kick from 35 yards out. 

Trevor Hathaway made three saves to earn the shutout in goal for Lenox, which next plays at Wahconah at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Hoosac returns to action next Friday with a 4:30 p.m. game at Mount Everett.
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