JOHNSTOWN – Playing in its final regular-season home game at Knox Field, the Johnstown field hockey team went a long way toward earning a home playoff game with a 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten Schuylerville on Thursday.
With the sectional seeding meeting set for Oct. 15, both teams came into the game looking to solidify their spots in the Section II Class C Tournament.
“This is a big win for us,” Krempa said. “We went to a shootout with them last time, so we knew we could win the game.”
In their first meeting on Sept. 15, the Black Horses edged the Lady Bills, 1-0, in a penalty shootout after 80 minutes of scoreless play in regulation and overtime.
“We knew it would be a close game,” Schuylerville coach Erin Lloyd said. “It was last time and we expected the same thing this time.”
Thursday’s rematch was close throughout, with the teams spending much of the time battling in the midfield.
The one area that Johnstown was able to gain an advantage was penalty corners, earning four in the first half, while holding the Black Horses to just one.
The game’s lone goal came on a penalty corner with 8:38 left in the first half.
Johnstown’s Kaitlyn Serpa hammered the initial pass from Maddie Etherton into the back of the came, giving the Lady Bills a 1-0 advantage.
“Their goal was a rocket shot off a corner,” Lloyd said. “That’s the kind of shot coaches want when they draw up corners. All you can do is tip your hat on a goal like that.”
From there, Johnstown was able to keep the Black Horses off the board the rest of the way.
“[Schuylerville] plays on turf as well and plays a similar style to us,” Krempa said. “Schuylerville played a great game, we were just able to put one in the cage.”
The Lady Bills also benefited from having their full lineup this time against the Black Horses.
“We didn’t have Paige Stewart last time we played Schuylerville,” Krempa said. “Having her back allowed us to put people where we needed to. Paige, Kaitlyn Serpa, Josie Mowrey, Emily Fleming and Emma Gottung in the cage all played well tonight.”
Gottung finished with seven saves to post the shutout in goal for Johnstown, which won for the fifth time in its last six games. Hunter VanArnum finished with four saves for Schuylerville.
“This is the time of year that you want to win these big games,” Krempa said.
Johnstown (8-5 overall, 8-4 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Scotia-Glenville on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. contest, before wrapping up the regular season at Gloversville next Thursday.
“We’re hoping to carry this momentum into the Scotia-Glenville game,” Krempa said. “They beat us in overtime last time, but we can beat them if we play well.”
Schuylerville (12-1-1 overall, 10-1-1 Foothills) is slated to host Gloversville on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
“I’d rather take a loss at this point in the season,” Lloyd said. “You’ve got to get knocked down to get back up stronger. We’ll use this to get refocused and work on some things to get better.”
Hudson Falls 2, Gloversville 1
HUDSON FALLS – The Huskies got a second-half goal from Jordan DeMagistris but it was not enough to overcome a pair of first half goals by the Tigers in Foothills Council action at Hudson Falls High School.
Kathryn Gaugher and Sena McLaughlin accounted for the Hudson Falls scoring.
Gloversville (0-13 overall, 0-12 Foothills) out shot Hudson Falls (2-10 Foothills) 13-5 while the Tigers held a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners.
Scotia-Glenville 2, Glens Falls 0
SCOTIA – Cristiana Bianchi and Sage Plemenik scored to lead Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council victory over Glens Falls.
Emilee Rosenberg and Lilianna Forth each had an assist for the Lady Tartans, who improved to 9-4 overall and 9-2 in Foothills Council play.
Alix Johnson and Callie Woodell combined to make eight saves for Glens Falls.