BROADALBIN – The Broadalbin-Perth girls soccer team was looking to start a streak, while the Gloversville girls squad was looking to snap one.
The Lady Patriots were coming off their first win of the season and had their sights set on extending Gloversville’s losing streak to three-straight games.
Gloversville got off to a good start and held a 1-0 advantage at the half. The Lady Dragons put two more goals in the second half to take home a 3-0 victory Thursday night at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
“We had a couple of chances I thought we could have capitalized on and if we could have capitalized on those it makes it a different game,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug said.
Gloversville had opportunities early only to have the Lady Patriots’ defense step up to the challenge and keep the Lady Dragons off the board.
The Lady Patriots had a scoring opportunity about 15 minutes into the game when Naomi Fraser stole the ball from a Gloversville defender and dribbled in on goal. Gloversville goalkeeper Alex Benfatti dove to her left to make the save on Fraser’s attempt and keep the game scoreless.
The Lady Dragons broke through for their first score of the match when Amanda Bakyta finished off a pass from Sierra Fancher for a 1-0 advantage.
The goal sparked the Lady Patriots offense as controlled the closing minutes of the opening half but could not break through and Gloversville’s goal held up for a 1-0 halftime lead.
“I think we just kind of let our foot off the gas,” Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. “We talked at halftime about keeping up the intensity, not making mental mistakes and keeping it simple.”
The Lady Patriots continued to pressure the Gloversville defense early in the second half and had a solid attempt just over two minutes in.
B-P’s Hailey Parrotti put together a strong run on the right sideline before sending a center pass in front of the goal. The ball bounced around in the Gloversville defense before Fraser struck a shot that hit a defender before Benfatti scrambled to cover the ball up.
The Lady Dragons began regaining control of the momentum by mixing its team speed and possession game.
After drawing a foul on a breakaway, Bakyta chipped the ball to Harmony Philo who hit a hard shot off the gloves of B-P goalkeeper Emily Denman and settled into the net for a 2-0 lead.
“We have some players who can really move when they want to,” Hallenbeck said. “We look to try to possess it when we can but there are times when we get out in open spaces and are tough to play with.”
Gloversville closed out its scoring 10 minutes later when Bakyta put an indirect kick in play to Anger Anderson, who fired a shot on goal that Denman initially made the stop on but could not control. Junior varsity call-up Taylor Mee was in position to slot home the rebound for the 3-0 final score.
“It is tough to give up a couple of goals and then have to claw our way back into it,” Klug said. “I told the girls from day one, the chances we do get we have to put away. But we are still improving on things. We were more organized defensively and are getting better at that each game. We are still putting the pieces of the puzzle together.”
Gloversville finished with a 12-4 edge in shots on goal, while both teams were awarded four corner kicks.
“This was a good win,” Hallenbeck said. “I don’t think we played up to our potential in the first half but the second half was much better.”
With the victory Gloversville (3-2-1 overall, 2-2-0 Foothills) moves into second place behind Scotia-Glenville in the Foothills Council South standings. Broadalbin-Perth (1-4-0 overall, 1-4-0 Foothills) is fourth in the standings.
SCOTIA – Alexis Zatlowkowicz recorded two goals and two assists for Scotia-Glenville the Lady Tartans improved to 5-0-1 in the Foothills Council South standings.
Myah Hughes added two goals, while Paige Bailey, Tanya Legeiero, Sydney Obman, Olivia Powhida and Sydnee Smith all scored one goal apiece.
Victoria Barone-Lopez collected 24 saves in goal for Amsterdam (1-3-1 Foothills).
Hudson Falls 0
HUDSON FALLS – Nine Schuylerville players connected for goals in the Black Horses improved to 4-0-1 to take over the top spot in the Foothills Council North.
Madeline Nevins and Cassie Patrick had two goals apiece, while Kassie Brennan, Kaitlyn Congden, Cassandra Cooper, Sidney Gregorek, Amy Moreau and Emily Vallee had one goal apiece. Moreau also had three assists and Cooper had two assists.
Abra LaFontaine collected 18 saves in goal for the Tigers.
South Glens Falls 3, Queensbury 0
QUEENSBURY – Gabrielle Kreppin delivered South Highs goals off two assists from Amya Naja and one from Jess Fosmer.
Jess Winslow made eight saves in goal for South Glens Falls, while Lily Buck collected 11 saves in net for Queensbury.
Little Falls 4,
LITTLE FALLS – Nicole Failing and Maria Morotti delivered two goals and an assist apiece to lead Little Falls to victory.
Kharla Gullis and Kailee Jasewicz both added assists, while Caira Miles collected four saves in goal for the Mounties.
Bobbie-Lee Hall made four saves in goal for Dolgeville.