By Ed Niser
GROTON — Groton-Dunstable senior midfielder Matt Krikorian exploded for three goals and Dean Tornaritis had two assists as the Crusaders embarrassed league rival, 6-1, under the lights on senior night.
Hudson clanged a post early in the match and had other opportunities to make a match of it.
“If they would’ve cashed in on one of those earlier opportunities, it could’ve been one of those struggles in the final five minutes,” Groton-Dunstable head coach Sean Wisbey said after the match. “We did well in the first 5 to 10 minutes, but they started to use their strong offensive weapons. Once we started to move five men to the back, we limited their time in the zone to do what they do well.”
Groton-Dunstable needs a little help from the Hawks in the coming days when they host Westboro. With a Hudson victory, Groton-Dunstable will move into a three-way tie with the Hawks and Westboro.
The Crusaders received encouraging play from its man of the match, Tornaritis.
“We are going to need his energy going forward into the playoffs,” Wisbey said. “We go to NM for our last game and Hudson can beat Westboro, we are in a three-way tie. I am sure it is going to be a tough place to play at the Morgan Bowl. It is going to be a fantastic game. I wish I could go there and watch it.”
Groton-Dunstable improves to 11-2-4 on the season.
Krikorian put the Crusaders on the board in the 20th minute on a precise feed from the midfield by Tornaritis. It was a bang-bang play as Krikorian took a low finesse shot to put the Crusaders up 1-0.
Eight minutes later, it was Drew Stone, who made a quick cut to his left and back to the right to shed the defender before rippling the twine past the Hudson goalkeeper to push the lead to 2-0.
Groton-Dunstable’s final tally of the opening half came on a cross from Gabe Dingle to Krikorian. Krikorian swished the shot as he fired it on the volley to make it 3-0.
Hudson got on the board just as the halftime whistle blew to make it 3-1. Wisbey knew that his team needed to keep the Hawks’ defense on the ropes.
“I said to the guys at the half to come out and score to start he second half and they might start to fold,” Wisbey said. “That is exactly what happened. ”
Krikorian with his three goals Tuesday night passed Nate Pomeroy (Class of 2012, Brown) with 28 goals on the season.
“Believe it or not, Matt passed Pomeroy and is tied with Derek McCaffrey for most goals in his senior year,” Wisbey said.
“We are getting better offensively. Even Dmitri (Hudson coach) said he has seen all the teams and that we play well and can beat any of the teams. We know that we need to play our best soccer in the postseason and we are getting healthy again. If we can stay that way, I like our chances.”
Dingle, Krikorian and Tornaritis rounded out the second half scoring for the Crusaders.
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