WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Mount Greylock and Mount Everett girls soccer teams both came into Monday’s meeting looking to put a disappointing result in the rear view mirror.
Although the Mounties prevailed with a 3-0 win thanks to Clara McWeeny’s two-goal, one-assist afternoon, each side took some positives away from the day.
“Friday was probably the low point of the season,” Mount Everett coach Josh King said of his team’s 3-1 home loss to Duggan. “We had a chance to win, and we didn’t show up.
“That’s one of the conversations we had: We need to get better. By now means are we eliminated from the post-season. Because the [Berkshire County South Division] is wide open. You know Lenox is obviously at the top of the division, but second place is viable.”
That is why the Eagles are still looking to keep building despite falling to 1-5-1 overall with Monday’s loss.
“Everyone’s just got to start believing that they can do those things, they can play well, they can play with confidence, and then they’ll be better,” King said.
You don’t have to convince Mount Greylock coach Tom Ostheimer that Mount Everett has potential.
“I was impressed with Mount Everett, especially their defensive backs, especially Makenzie Ullrich, she’s solid,” Ostheimer said.
Of course, the Mounties (6-1) have been solid this fall as well, despite a stumble the last time out against North Division rival Wahconah.
McWeeny continued to drive the offense on Monday, setting up Livia Morales for the game’s first goal in the seventh minute.
Midway through the first half, McWeeny scored her ninth of the season with an assist from Molly Sullivan as the freshman earned her first point.
Sophomore Zoe Armet picked up her first point of the season early in the second half when she assisted on McWeeny’s second goal of the game.
“We had a chance to see a few players in different positions, like seeing Zoe Armet in the defensive mid position,” Ostheimer said. “I thought she looked really good. Molly Sullivan got some time in the center back position, and I think she looked pretty solid there.”
The Eagles got to see some players in different roles as well -- but not by design.
Mount Everett keeper Emma Goewey left the game in the 38th minute after making four saves. Defender Madeline Soudant jumped into the goal and played a solid second half, stopping six shots while allowing a goal.
Afterward, King said that Goewey probably would have been able to return to action if asked, but he decided to let her rest.
“It mixes some things around,” King said. “Julia [Devoti] stepped up big as an eighth-grader, and, for the most part, did a really great job of locking down [McWeeny], who is a very talented kid. It’s kind of that ‘next person up.’ “
Mount Everett has a few days off to regroup before going to Sabis on Saturday.
Mount Greylock goes to Drury on Thursday.