Monument Upsets Belchertown
October 27, 2016
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For the first time in Spartan Boys’ Soccer coach Matt Naventi’s career, his side beat the Belchertown Orioles. The Spartans earned a 1-0 victory Tuesday night after Ben Badurski scored the game’s only goal in the 46th minute.
Although the Spartans have already qualified for the Western Mass Tournament, they went into the game with the mindset that they had something to prove. “We knew they were going to be good,” said senior Mitchell Amstead. “If we went out playing the way we played against Greylock, we knew we could hang with them,” Both the Spartans and Orioles are division three teams, meaning they could face off again in the tournament. The Spartans were aware of this during the game, according to Amstead, “We feel confident that we can beat them again if we have to play them in November. We had a lot of opportunities to score,” added Amstead.
Each side had their chances in the first half. The Spartans had a few looks on goal, the closest being a shot that hit the crossbar and went over. Belchertown nearly scored on a quick transition, but the shot went wide. Overall, both teams were even at the end of the first half. “Our plan for the second half was to play quicker through the midfield and try to get the wings in on goal,” stated Amstead.
In the second half, Belchertown came out strong. “They came out playing a lot harder,” Amstead explained. The Spartans responded well to the pressure and didn’t allow Belchertown to get any easy opportunities. After 45 minutes the deadlock was finally broken. Ben Badurski’s shot found the top corner of the goal after he received a pass from Henry Rauscher. The Orioles nearly scored an equalizer a few minutes later, but goalkeeper Kevin Kelly made a save to preserve the victory for the Spartans.
With the win, the Spartans improve to 9-5-2. They will be back in action at home on Friday, October 28th- as they take on the Pope Francis Cardinals for Senior Night. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30.