“It’s extremely frustrating in terms of taking the lead and then not protecting that lead,” Crowell said of the Masco tying goal. “You know their going to come charging at you after you score, but that was disappointing to see them come back and score so quickly.”
Masco came into the contest undefeated on the season, having won 17 straight game and only two ties. The two goals were the most the Chieftains had given up in a game and despite their strong defensive style, appeared tentative in the backfield. Demetri DeCoulos returned to the lineup at center back despite his separated shoulder, but fellow starting defender and captain Tighe VanLenten was absent from the game.
Junior Adam Grammer had an outstanding run early on in the second half for Masco. Grammer beat two defenders along the left side for a one-on-one chance with keeper Ben Alpern, but shot just over the cross bar.
Chieftains head coach Dave Mitchell moved Chip Sherman up to forward in the final minutes of the game in order to generate some more scoring opportunities, but Ocko and the Prep were solid on defense.
“Hats off to them, they’re a class act and played well,” said Masco head coach Dave Mitchell. “It was as even as everyone thought it was going to be. We knew they were going to be very strong in the air and they showed it with the two headers.”
Masco knows the feeling of frustration all too well after last year’s state final loss to Ludlow. The Chieftains capped off their undefeated regular season as Cape Ann League champions, having allowed just six goals through 21 games.
“The hardest part about losing is the fact that soccer is over,” said Grammer. “All of the seniors, we’ve been brothers for the past four years and now our Masco careers are done. It’s just tough to lose.”