Late goal lifts Lady Rams past Dragons

AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Lady Rams overcame a tough, defensive battle Saturday, edging out the Gloversville Lady Dragons 1-0 on a last-minute goal by Diana Constantine.

Deadlocked at 0-0, Constantine ripped a line drive from well beyond the penalty area that sailed over the outstretched arms of Gloversville goalkeeper Emily Washburn with 27.2 seconds remaining in the game.

The first half of action saw both teams trading possession and few solid runs at the goal. After a slow-moving first 20 minutes, Amsterdam’s Allie Krohn and Monica Rouse put back-to-back shots on goal. Krohn’s shot went wide of the goal, while Rouse’s strike flew over the crossbar.

Caroline Bakyta and Chanel Thomas nearly hooked up three times in the final 10 minutes of the half, but couldn’t find the winning combination. Thomas led Bakyta with a ball down the middle of the field before Lady Rams’ goalie Cassandra Robataille came out for the stop. Bakyta looked for Thomas twice down the right sideline, only to have the ball kicked away by the Amsterdam defense both times.

Amsterdam’s final chance to score in the first half came with three minutes remaining when Kaitlyn Devine wove through the Gloversville defense. Devine tapped a ball in the direction of Madison Healy that was cleared out by the Lady Dragons’ defense.

The second half saw Amsterdam put together some longer possessions, while Gloversville settled into picking their spots to make furious runs at the goal with Thomas, who has registered a team-high 14 goals this season. Thomas used her speed to break away from the Amsterdam defense twice in the first 13 minutes of the second half only to be turned away by Robataille.

Thomas and Devine battled all game long. Devine denied Thomas from getting control of the ball in front of the net midway through the half, while Thomas stole a ball from Devine and sent a shot over the crossbar five minutes later.

Allison Hanmer shined defensively late in the half for the Lady Dragons, poking away three balls on one Amsterdam possession to end a threat. Gloversville’s Emily Gifford cleared a ball right from underneath Constantine with five minutes remaining, causing Constantine to whiff on a shot. Constantine would redeem herself though, rocketing the eventual game-winner less than half a minute before overtime kicked in.

The Lady Rams outshot the Lady Dragons by 11-6 margin in the game.

Washburn made four saves for Gloversville, while Robataille saved two for Amsterdam.

The Lady Dragons will look to avoid their fourth straight loss Tuesday night at home against the Johnstown Lady Bills.

Amsterdam will host Troy at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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