AMSTERDAM – A shift in position proved to be the decisive move for the Amsterdam Rams against the Gloversville Dragons.
Trailing 1-0 at the half, Amsterdam coach Adam Fetterly moved Andrew Druziak forward from his defensive position.
The move helped Amsterdam gain control in the midfield and trigger a three-goal second half to defeat the Dragons 3-2 in non-league action Saturday night at Lynch Literacy Academy.
“We were very, very flat in the first half, so I moved Andrew Druziak up to midfield in the second half to give us better ball control,” Fetterly said. “Typically he has been playing midfield but we were missing one of our defenders today so he started on defense. He wasn’t needed so much because they were playing one forward. I really got on my center midfielders to take control of the game.”
Gloversville established control of the match early in the first half and capitalized on a restart.
In the 11th minute of play, the Dragons’ Thomas Kirk put a 28-yard direct kick on goal that Amsterdam goalkeeper Dillon Smith knocked down. Jake Crocetta followed the play in and slotted the loose ball past Smith and into the side netting for a 1-0 lead.
The Dragons stayed in control of the match through the opening half to carry the 1-0 advantage into halftime.
“It was important for us to score first and we got off to a good start,” Gloversville coach Paul Ligon said. “It almost replicated our first game up in Gloversville. I thought we controlled the first half of the game and then in the first 15 minutes of the second we came unraveled again. When they start sending guys forward I think we get a little confused.”
It did not take Amsterdam long to get the equalizer as Dominick Peluso put a 50-yard direct kick on net. The ball got over the outstretched hands of Gloversville goalkeeper Kyle Royal and hit the crossbar. The rebound hit Royal and caromed into the net to tie the match at one apiece.
Just under five minutes later, the Rams took their first lead of the match when Greyson Mullins received a pass out of the midfield and fought his way through the Gloversville defense before firing a point-blank shot on goal for a 2-1 advantage.
The Dragons rallied back and began creating opportunities like the did early in the match. Again Gloversville made the most of a restart. Kirk hit a direct kick on net from 27 yards out that slipped past Smith to tie the game at two with 16:58 left in regulation.
The Rams picked up what proved to be the game winner with 12:29 left to play.
Druziak lifted a corner kick to the far post where Jared Weissman was in position to out jump the Gloversville defense and head the ball home for the 3-2 advantage.
“Since the beginning of the season I have wanted him [Weissman] in the middle on every corner kick because he is good at heading the ball and today he got one,” Fetterly said.
Amsterdam held off a late-game surge by the Dragons to notch its second non-league win over Gloversville this season.
“We used a new formation. We have played it only two days and it is already looking better,” Ligon said. “We are having more strikes on goal and scoring goals. We went from a 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 and it created more opportunities up front. I was happy with it. It was a good game.”
For the match, Amsterdam out shot Gloversville 17-14 and held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Royal made 10 stops in goal for Gloversville and Smith recorded eight saves.