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The Crows celebrate after winning the summer championship of the Pittsfield Soccer League on Wednesday night.

Crows Capture Pittsfield Soccer League Crown

By Stephen Sports
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Crows keeper Cale Rathburn had the save of the match in the penalty kick shootout.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Cale Rathburn made the only save of a penalty kick shootout on Wednesday night to send the Crows past the Maroon to claim the summer championship of the Pittsfield Soccer League.
The Crows saw a 1-0 lead evaporate in the closing minutes of the second half but rallied to hold off the Maroon through two five-minute overtimes to get to the shootout.
It was 4-4 going into the fifth round of PKs before Rahburn, who made six saves in the 50-minute regulation time, got all of Camilo Bermudez’ attempt to give the Crows an opening.
Reinaldo Castro then sealed the deal with a low liner past Maroon keeper Jeff Egan, who guessed the wrong way on his dive.
The victory gave the Crows a measure of redemption in the seven-on-seven co-ed league at Wahconah Park.
“We lost to them in the semi-finals last year,” Crows captain Darren Consolati said. “And they ended up winning the whole thing. So, yeah, we definitely had revenge on our mind.
“It was close. We barely pulled it out.”
It was a lot closer in the end than it seemed in the first half.
The Crows came out and dominated the opening stages, earning a 7-3 edge in shots on goal., but thanks to some big saves by Egan, it remained a scoreless game at half-time.
In the ninth minute of the second half, Elia DelMolino headed home a cross from the left wing to give the Crows a one-goal lead.
“They came out and played hard,” Maroon captain Brian Seminara said of the Crows. “But we kept pushing as hard as we could. … Unfortunately, we were missing a couple of people tonight, but it was a pretty good match.”
The Maroon’s comeback effort was rewarded in the 48th minute of the game when Dennis Penny set up Brady Mickle for the equalizer.
Neither team gave up a strong scoring chance in the overtime periods, which sent it to the shootout, where Rathburn made the difference.
“He’s been huge,” Consolati said. “I think he’s let in five goals all year. Today was his fifth goal [allowed].”
No one was happier than Consolati that Rathburn made the save of the match in the shootout.
“I thought it was going to keep going and I was going to have to shoot,” he said with a laugh. “Thank God that didn’t happen.”
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — To help address the crisis, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $1 million in funding for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to address the impact of the opioid crisis on the local workforce in Berkshire County.
Administered by the department's Employment and Training Administration, the National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant will support Massachusetts in its efforts to employ people in positions as recovery coaches, harm reduction specialists, peer navigators and community health workers. The funding will also provide employment and training services to eligible individuals affected by the opioid crisis.
The project will serve the following communities: Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough, North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown and Windsor.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in October 2017, enabling Massachusetts to request this funding.
Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, Dislocated Worker Grants temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses.
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