Lady Bills celebrate senior night with 4-1 victory

JOHNSTOWN – As senior nights go, things couldn’t have gone much better than they did for the Johnstown field hockey team on Tuesday.

On a night when the Lady Bills honored their five seniors, all five played a part in a 4-1 win over Glens Falls in a Foothills Council field hockey game at Knox Field.

Senior Chelsea Rodecker netted a hat trick for the Lady Bills, while senior Kaitlyn Serpa had an assist. Senior goalies Emma Gottung and Randi Nellis each made two saves to share the shutout in goal for Johnstown, while senior defender Meghan Roehl also played well.

“I couldn’t ask for a better senior night than this,” Johnstown coach Christine Krempa said. “All five of them played well.”

Rodecker opened the scoring for Johnstown with 12:30 left in the first half as she scored on a penalty stroke.

Rodecker made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal with 5:22 remaining in the opening half to send the Lady Bills to the break with a two-goal lead.

Johnstown dominated the first half, outshooting Glens Falls by a 17-0 margin and holding a 7-0 edge in penalty corners.

“I thought we did well,” Krempa said. “Our stick work was good and we did a good job keeping the ball. We kept working the whole game and that’s what we need to do.”

Rodecker completed her hat trick just 3:31 into the second half, scoring on an assist from Maddie Etherton to make it 3-0.

“Chelsea [Rodecker] played an awesome game,” Krempa said.

Paige Stewart pushed the Lady Bills’ advantage to 4-0 with 24:19 to play, scoring on an assist from Serpa.

Johnstown, which won for the fourth time in five games, continued to press the action throughout the second half, finishing the game with a 25-7 advantage in shots and a 9-4 advantage in penalty corners.

“Johnstown has got a quality program. They’re rebuilding and working hard at it,” Glens Falls coach Michele Venditto said. “They didn’t rest on the fact that they had a 4-0 lead. They kept working the whole game.”

Glens Falls avoided the shutout and closed out the scoring when Katelynn Mello scored a unassisted goal with 4:23 remaining.

Callie Woodell and Alix Johnson combined to make 11 saves for Glens Falls.

“We’ve got a young team,” Venditto said. “We just need to spend more time on the fundamentals of the game and acquiring knowledge of the game.”

Glens Falls is scheduled to travel to Scotia-Glenville on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. contest.

“This was a good win for us,” Krempa said. “We’re looking ahead to sectional seedings. We need to win every game the rest of the way to make sure we get a good seed.”

Johnstown (7-5 overall, 7-4 Foothills) is slated to host Schuylerville on Thursday at Knox Field at 6 p.m.

Scotia-Glenville 3, Gloversville 0

GLOVERSVILLE – Juliana Geniti, Emily McCarty and Liliana Forth scored the lead Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council victory over Gloversville.

Grace Purvis had two assists for the Lady Tartans (8-4 overall, 8-2 Foothills), while Sage Plemenik had one assist.

Gloversville slipped to 0-12 overall and 0-11 in Foothills Council play with the loss.

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