NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tuesday's cross division Mid-Wach matchup between No. 2 Groton-Dunstable and No. 8 Algonquin served as an early season guage for both teams.
Yet, neither of the Central Mass. power were able to gain a foothold in action as the teams settled for a 1-1 draw.
Algonquin midfielder Connor Henry opened scoring in the 32nd minute with a strike off a free kick. The Tomahawks (0-0-1) held onto the lead behind goalkeeper Liam McCarthy until the second half, in the 52nd minute when G-D's Mike Keating struck from inside the box.
Here are a couple observations from match:
GETTING BACK TO WORK
Ken Morin's Tomahawk side had to wait until Tuesday to kick off their season. Their season opened in earnest against the reigning Division 2 state champion Crusaders.
With a young returning squad, Morin's goal was simply to get back on the pitch.
"They've been waiting for this game for three weeks now. There's no substitute for the real thing and it was great for them to get back out there."
It's been a tough start to the season for G-D which opened with No. 12 Worcester North (a 5-3 win) before Tuesday's match. The Crusaders are also playing without their starting goalkeeper and right back, but G-D showed a robust defense against the Tomahawks.
Keeper John Nyilis has filled in for the first two matches and showed good instincts against Algonquin, making a couple key stops in addition to breaking up several chances with his play in the second half.
The other notable absence has been the zero in the goals column next to striker Nate Pomeroy's name. The Brown commit hasn't found the back of the net yet, but that's no neccessarily a bad thing.
"We're getting scoring from a bunch of players," G-D head coach Sean Wisbey said. "Obviously, Nate [Pomeroy] is a marked player and defense are paying a lot of attention to him, but he'll get his goals, too."
G-D also pushed the offensive pace in the second half of Tuesday's matchup, going with a 3-3-4 out of the half.
"We were getting bottled up in the middle, so I told the guys at halftime to start looking to the wings and try to spread them out," Wisbey.
Eventually, the Crusaders found the equalizer and escaped with the point.
G-D will play Nashoba Thursday before wrapping up its home-and-home series with Worcester North on Saturday.