Johnstown edges Gloversville, 1-0, in Foothills Council boys soccer contest

GLOVERSVILLE – Tuesday’s Foothills Council boys soccer match between Gloversville and Johnstown had an overtime feel to it.

Both squads put together strong scoring opportunities only to have the ball hit off the post or be turned away by solid defensive plays.

The match remained scoreless until the 63rd minute when Johnstown’s Matthew Boyle was in position to finish off a loose ball and the Sir Bills defense turned back a late-game Gloversville surge to take home the 1-0 Foothills Council South Division victory Tuesday night from Gloversville High School.

“At halftime we said that this is a who is going to blink first kind of a game because we were evenly matched,” Gloversville coach Jay Hillabrandt said. “All credit to them; they played us toe-to-toe the whole game and took advantage of their chance when they had to. Of course, whoever does that is going to win. One ball that didn’t get cleared and that was the difference. It could have happened the same way for us, but it didn’t.”

The Dragons controlled the early pace of the game and put a pair of solid attempts on net in the opening 10 minutes from Cam Biche only to come away empty.

Johnstown began getting control of the play in the midfield and went to work putting pressure on the Gloversville back line.

With 21:45 left in the opening half, Jacob Billa put a solid strike on net that narrowly missed as it hit the outside of the left post before rolling out of play.

“The first 10 minutes we came out real flat and they came out with the energy from senior night and looked pretty good,” Johnstown coach Tommy Horning said. “Then finally about 15 minutes in we found a rhythm and then about halftime we got a big surge.”

The Dragons came back and were awarded a corner kick with just under nine minutes left in the opening half. Sam Poulin put the ball in play but Johnstown goalkeeper Mike Brown was able to get a hand on the ball and punched it over the top for the save and help send the game into the break in a scoreless tie.

“I turned around to my bench and said how the game seemed to be going in 10 minute increments,” Hillabrandt said. “That is how it went the entire game. We had 10 minutes and then they had 10 minutes. I kept saying we had to control the middle third of the field and we just weren’t stringing things together.”

Gloversville came off the break on the attack and narrowly missed a scoring opportunity when Raymond Strauser’s shot from the right side of the penalty area hit the right post and was cleared by the Sir Bills’ defense.

The Sir Bills got another scoring opportunity when Billa headed a ball on net that missed just wide, while the Dragons got solid attempts from Biche and Ryan Issa only to come away empty.

Then an opportunity came for the Sir Bills with just under 19 minutes to play.

Johnstown was awarded a throw in deep in the Dragons’ defensive zone and Billa launched a long throw that bounced around in front of the goal until rolling toward the far post where Boyle was in position and the sophomore deposited the ball inside the right post for the score with 18:38 left in regulation.

“I didn’t even know what was going on. I just saw the ball, had an opportunity and executed it,” Boyle, a second-year varsity player, said. “[The victory] was the most important thing for this team so far this year to be honest. Christian Solby played one heck of a game on the outside and Jacob Billa played really good in the middle.”

The Dragons played with a sense of urgency in the final minutes putting together runs and creating opportunities only to be denied getting the equalizer before the final horn sounded on the 1-0 Johnstown victory.

“I am extremely proud of this game in general,” Horning said. “It is a nice win to have under your belt, a win over Gloversville on the road. Hopefully it will be just as good of a game when we see them at home.”

For the match, Johnstown held a 9-8 edge in shots on goal and a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

Brown made seven saves in goal for Johnstown, while Robert Ward came up with six saves for the Dragons.

“I wouldn’t trade these guys for anybody,” Hillabrandt said. “I have been with these seniors for all four years and a 1-0 score won’t dictate really how great they are. They are fantastic kids and I feel bad for them right now.”

Foothills Council

Broadalbin-Perth 2, Scotia-Glenville 0

BROADALBIN – Griffin Goodemote netted what proved to be the game-winner in the 15th minute of play as the Patriots kept their record unblemished with the victory over the Tartans.

Goodemote received a through ball from Stephen Spraker for the first goal, while Ryan Zajaceskowski converted on a penalty kick three minutes into the second half to lock up the Foothills Council South win and improve the Patriots record to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in the Foothills.

Broadalbin-Perth held a 9-7 edge in shots on goal, while both teams were awarded three corner kicks.

Eric Almond collected five saves in goal for Scotia-Glenville (4-3 Foothills), while Ian Halloran made two stops to record his sixth shutout of the season for B-P.

Queensbury 4, Schuylerville 0

QUEENSBURY – Aidan Jordi-Donnelly scored twice and had an assist to lead Queensbury to a shutout win over Schuylerville in a Foothills Council contest.

Jack McGraw and Greg Maccharulo also scored for the Spartans, while Luke Geczy had two assists. Matt Ricciardelli and Teddy Borgos each had an assist for Queensbury (8-1 overall, 7-0 Foothills).

Tom Socolof made just one save to post the shutout win in goal for the Spartans.

Branden Craft made seven saves for Schuylerville (7-1-1 overall, 5-1-1 Foothills).

Center State Conference

Cooperstown 12, Dolgeville 0

COOPERSTOWN – Dolgeville’s A.J. Monk recorded 24 saves but Cooperstown got three goals apiece from Ted Mebust and Jack Lambert and two apiece from Pierce Snyder and Josh Briggs in the league win.

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