BROADALBIN - It was a night to celebrate Tuesday at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
On a special night that the Broadalbin-Perth girls soccer dedicated to team member Hannah Priamo, they picked up the 4-1 Foothills Council victory over Gloversville and senior striker Katie Herba reached the 100-career goal milestone.
"I was just so nice to win for Hannah," Herba said. "She is so strong and such a great person. It was great to win for her."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Katie Herba (6) fights past Gloversville defenders Natasha Simon (19) and Allison Hamner (11) to score her 100th career goal Tuesday night at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The team raised more than $3,000 in honor of Priamo, a 15-year-old sophomore who was diagnosed in August with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Tuesday night and wore orange T-shirts blazoned with Team Hannah across the front during the game.
The first half of Tuesday's match against Gloversville provided plenty of action for the large crowd on hand.
The Gloversville defense held Herba in check early in the match, but just over 12 minutes into the match, the senior standout pounded the ball through for her 98th career goal and a 1-0 Lady Patriots lead.
However, the lead was erased just over two minutes later when Gloversville's Chanel Thomas received a ball out of the midfield and finished the breakaway to tie the game at one apiece with 25:28 left in the opening half.
Then the defenses took over.
With the Lady Patriots pulled up and pushing for a second score, the Gloversville defense challenged every ball, and when the B-P shooters did get an attempt, goalkeeper Emily Washburn was up to the task.
With just under four minutes left in the half, Washburn was tested by Kylie Gifford who fired a point-blank shot on goal that Washburn was able to deflect over the crossbar for the save and send the game into intermission tied at 1-1.
The deadlock did not last long as Herba and the Lady Patriots were on a mission.
Just 45 seconds into the second half, Herba came out of a scramble in front of the goal to notch goal 99, and with 36:08 left, Herba delivered her milestone goal.
Herba chested down a lofting pass from the midfield and turned toward goal with Gloversville sweeper Natasha Simon challenging the play. Herba's initial shot was rejected by Washburn. However, Washburn could not get handle on the ball, and Herba quickly closed on the loose ball and tucked it neatly into the lower right corner for goal 100 and a 3-1 Lady Patriots lead.
"I think I just kept going," Herba said. "The goal of the game is to win, so I just kept going. It didn't matter how it got in just as long as it went in the goal."
The Lady Patriots showed no letdown after the goal as they remained consistent in their passing game to keep a Gloversville comeback in check.
Herba closed out the scoring, beating Washburn in a one-on-one breakaway with 16:11 remaining in the game for the 4-1 final score.
"They played their hearts out in the first half. We played right with them," Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. "They put one in about 12 minutes in and we came right back and tied it up. I was proud of them. But what has killed us all season when we are in close games is in the second half we give up a goal and shortly after that we tend to give up another goal. So we go from being down one goal to being down two. It's tough, especially when you are playing against a player the caliber of Herba. It is tough to mark her for 80 minutes."
For the match Broadalbin-Perth outshot Gloversville 22-6 and held a 7-0 edge in corner kicks.
"Emily Washburn was outstanding," Hallenbeck said. "She made saves that I was just shaking my head at. She kept us in the game. She really did. She played awesome."
Washburn recorded 15 saves for the Lady Dragons, while Rachel Orapello had five saves.
"We had a couple of chances we should have put away in the first half," Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug said. "We just said keep your composure, stay disciplined and we will wear them down. When you get one, go for the next one and the next one, and eventually we put the game away."