Division 4 boys soccer: Fight mars Drury’s 2-1 upset of Hopkins Academy in semifinals

  • Hopkins Academy's Douglas Pierce, right, controls the ball under pressure from Drury's Reece Racette Nov. 8, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 boys soccer semifinal game at Holyoke High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Hopkins Academy’s Jupiter Fetler, right, and Drury’s Reece Racette battle to control the ball, Wednesday during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal at Holyoke High School. Drury won 2-1. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Hopkins Academy's Uan O'Brien, center, and Drury's Reece Racette, right, battle to control the ball Nov. 8, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 boys soccer semifinal game at Holyoke High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Hopkins Academy's Douglas Pierce, center, enters the field Nov. 8, 2017 at the start of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 boys soccer semifinal game against Drury at Holyoke High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Hopkins Academy's Uan O'Brien, right, and Drury's Reece Racette battle to control the ball Nov. 8, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 boys soccer semifinal game at Holyoke High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Hopkins Academy players celebrate after scoring against Drury Nov. 8, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 boys soccer semifinal game at Holyoke High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Hopkins Academy's Uan O'Brien, left, puts pressure on Drury's Cove Massey, who is controlling the ball Nov. 8, 2017 during the Western Massachusetts Division 4 boys soccer semifinal game at Holyoke High School. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

For the Gazette
Published: 11/9/2017 12:53:43 AM

HOLYOKE — A fight involving multiple players from Hopkins Academy and Drury broke out as the clock reached zero in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Boys Soccer Tournament semifinal at Holyoke High School.

A match that was chippy throughout ended with the skirmish as Drury dismissed Hopkins, 2-1, Wednesday.

Neither team shook hands after the game.

What caused the fight is unknown. Hopkins coach CJ Holt declined to address it specifically.

“It’s sad, it’s too bad to end that way,” Holt said. “I felt like our boys felt threatened and they reacted in such a way that caused that little skirmish there at the end. I’m glad no one got seriously hurt. I know one of my kids took a shiner, he took a punch.”

Holt was critical of the officiating leading up to the incident.

“One of my kids got punched in the first half too,” Holt said. “Just a poorly officiated game. When you’re dealing with teenage boys in their last game ... emotions run high and it’s just not a good tone to set to not go to your pocket and take control of the game in terms of some physical fouls that happened. And on both sides, we had some physical challenges that could have gone in the books, they had some physical challenges that could have gone in the book and the referee looked the other way, and let the game get to that point.”

Holt was also critical of the officiating during the game.

“I’m not blaming the referees, but it was so inconsistent,” he said. “With a three-man system the guy in the middle looked like he had never done it before, never looking at his linesman; they’re trying to give him fouls and offside calls, he’s never looking over there causing me and my assistants to scream so that he looks at his (assistant referees).”

Hopkins got on the board first in the 23rd minute on a goal from Doug Pierce, off an assist from Jupiter Fetler.

However, the second half was all Drury, as Mitch Anderson scored less than a minute after halftime, with an assist from Max Daugherty.

The game-winner came in the 65th minute, as Reece Racette dribbled through three Hopkins defenders to earn a one-on-one with goalkeeper Erik Berg.

Racette buried the shot top-left to put Drury up 2-1 for good.

Fourth-seeded Drury (13-7) will play No. 2 Lenox (12-5-3) in the championship this weekend.

Top-seeded Hopkins Academy finished 16-3-1. The Golden Hawks went 15-0-1 during a 16-game stretch that spanned season-opening and closing losses to East Longmeadow.

It was the final game for seniors Ben Andersen, Mike Curran, John Earle, Nathan Kelley, Uan O’Brien, Adam Yahman, Eric Belton, Willson Torres Gonzalez and Vance Canella.




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