BROADALBIN – With the fifth annual Patriot Pink Out scheduled for Saturday, the Broadalbin-Perth boys soccer team kept itself focused on the task at hand Thursday in a 4-0 Foothills Council win over Johnstown at Patriot Field.
“This was a good build up for Saturday night. I’m very happy with the way we played,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry said. “We stayed focused and did what we had to do.”
Logan Ackley scored three of the Patriots’ four goals, while Francesco Mastrocinque also scored for B-P. Connor Monks and Scott Everson each had two assists for Broadalbin-Perth.
It took more than 30 minutes for B-P to find the net for the first time, as Johnstown kept the Patriots off the board.
“We played as good as we could,” Johnstown coach Mike Hill said. “[Broadalbin-Perth] is a good team, but my kids played hard, and that’s all I can ask for as a coach.”
Ackley opened the scoring for Broadalbin-Perth with 8:19 left in the first half on an assist from Monks.
Little more than three minutes later, Ackley struck again, this time on an assist from Everson with 5:06 to play in the first half.
“We couldn’t keep up with their speed,” Hill said “We’re not used to playing on turf.”
In the second half, Ackley completed the hat trick with 23:25 to play, scoring on an assist from Monks to make it 3-0.
Mastrocinque completed the scoring with 11:19 to play on an assist from Everson to make the final score 4-0.
Devin Page made four saves to post the shutout win in goal for Broadalbin-Perth. It was the 10th shutout of the season for the Patriots.
Jon Heroth finished with 18 saves for Johnstown, which was outshot 22-4.
“Jon [Heroth] played a good game,” Hill said.
A total of 12 B-P seniors were honored before the game. That group included Ackley, Mastrocinque, Page, Monks, Everson, Evan Hagadorn, Mike Casey, Brandon Rafferty, Justin Marek, Jeremiah Horton, Joe Zarecki and Taz Taylor.
“All of our seniors got some playing time tonight,” Henry said. “It was a nice send off for them.”
Johnstown (2-12-1 overall, 2-11 Foothills) will travel to Scotia-Glenville on Saturday for its regular-season finale, while Broadalbin-Perth (12-3 overall, 10-3 Foothills) will host Queensbury on Saturday at 6 p.m. in its annual Pink Out contest. Queensbury will clinch the Foothills Council title outright with a win.
“It’s a big game for us,” Henry said. “We’re playing for an important cause in our Pink Out, and we have a chance to play spoilers in the Foothills Council race. That’s what we’re looking to do.”
With sectional pairings set to be decided Tuesday, B-P is planning on using Saturday’s game as a tune-up for the postseason.
“We’re treating Saturday’s game like a sectional match,” Henry said. “We’re playing a high-caliber team in a big situation. It will be a good tune-up for sectionals.”