Schuylerville edges Gloversville in OT in Foothills Council clash

GLOVERSVILLE – For 97 minutes, the Schuylerville and Gloversville girls soccer teams battled toe-to-toe with neither team able to put a goal on the board.

It took a hard shot by Schuylerville’s Emily Vallee that deflected off a Gloversville defender for an own goal with 2:57 left in the second overtime to decide the outcome as the Black Horses took home a 1-0 victory in Foothills Council action Wednesday at Gloversville High School.

“Schuylerville is one of the best teams in our league,” Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. “Our game plan coming in was to play a little bit more defensive. We had [scoring] chances. They took it to us in the second half but we had chances in the second half and in overtime.”

Gloversville controlled the tempo of the game in the opening half, stringing together passing combinations in the midfield and pushing long balls behind the Schuylerville defense for the front line to run onto.

However, the Black Horses defense scrambled to keep the Gloversville strikers in check and start counterattacks, which the Lady Dragons’ defenders were up to the task of shutting down, sending the match into halftime deadlocked at zero.

The Schuylerville defense adjusted to fill the passing lanes that were open in the first half for the Lady Dragons and shortened the field, pinning Gloversville in a defensive stance.

The Lady Dragons withstood a 15-minute surge by Schuylerville before breaking over the midfield line in a counterattack.

Gloversville kept the ball in the Black Horses defensive third for five minutes, but could not break through.

Despite solid attempts late in the half by both squads, the game finishes in a scoreless draw at the end of regulation, and advanced to two 10-minute overtimes.

“They made adjustments but credit our defense,” Hallenbeck said. “We talked about playing a different concept this game and they bought into the concept and into the formation. Everybody played great tonight.”

Schuylerville’s best attempt of the opening overtime period came four minutes in when Ashley Flynn hit a shot on net that goalkeeper Alex Benfatti knocked away and Libby Cook cleared.

The Lady Dragons had a solid attempt cut down when Schuylerville goalkeeper Caitlin Kelleher cut down a pass from Amanda Bakyta to Madison Fancher who was open on a far post run.

The Black Horses broke the deadlock late in the second overtime when Amy Moreau pushed a pass wide to Vallee who fired a hard shot in front of the goal that hit off a Gloversville player and into the goal for what proved to be the game-winner.

“There weren’t a whole lot of shots by either team,” Hallenbeck said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the girls for the way they played and the effort they put in for the entire 100 minutes.”

Gloversville (7-5-1 overall, 6-5 Foothills) has two more regular-season matches and a Foothills Council crossover game remaining on the schedule.

The Lady Dragons will travel to play Amsterdam at 7 p.m. tonight at Lynch Literacy Academy before returning home Tuesday to host Broadalbin-Perth in a 7 p.m. game. The league crossover match will be played at the North Division team’s field on Oct. 13.

Foothills Council

Broadalbin-Perth 5, Glens Falls 0

BROADALBIN – The Lady Patriots got a pair of goals from Naomi Fraser en route to defeating Glens Falls at Patriot Field.

Corrine Casey had a goal and an assist for Broadalbin-Perth (4-8 overall, 4-7 Foothills), while Hailey Parrotti and Ali Visco had one goal apiece.

Bella Magliocca, Kacie Corcuera and Rose Barnhart all contributed assists to the B-P attack, while Emily Denman collected three saves in goal.

Makayla Bennett recorded 26 saves in goal for the Lady Indians.

South Glens Falls 9, Johnstown 3

JOHNSTOWN – Amya Naja finished with four goals and an assist to power South Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Johnstown.

Gabrielle Kreppein had two goals and four assists for the Bulldogs, while Aly Fish had two goals and two assists.

Emma Bovair also scored for South Glens Falls and Morgan Smith had three assists.

Abby Gottung scored twice for Johnstown (3-8-2 overall, 3-7-2 Foothills), while Jenna Thompson had a goal and an assist.

Karlee Taber and Jess Winslow combined to make seven saves for South Glens Falls, while Allison Morey made 13 stops for Johnstown.

Queensbury 8, Amsterdam 0

AMSTERDAM – Emily Vetter connected for four goals and had an assist Queensbury’s Foothills Council victory Wednesday at the Lynch Literacy Academy.

The Lady Spartans also received scoring from Justice Colvin, Brielle LaPlant, Maddie Montgomery and Jenna Snyder.

Emma Nelson, Sophia Afsar-Kesmiri and Ashley Rosario contributed two assists apiece.

Queensbury goalkeeper Lily Buck was called on for two saves, while Amsterdam goalie Victoria Barone-Lopez made eight saves.

Scotia-Glenville 8, Hudson Falls 0

HUDSON FALLS – Haley Bonitatibus had a goal and two assists to lead Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council victory over Hudson Falls.

Gwen Currie and Sydnee Smith each had a goal and an assist for the Lady Tartans, while Taylor Cooper, Graci Cox, Kat Frament and Sarah Sullivan also scored.

WAC

Canajoharie 5, Mayfield 0

CANAJOHARIE – Meghan Dingman and Abby Smith each scored twice to lead Canajoharie to a WAC victory over Mayfield.

Sydney Weingart also scored for the Lady Panthers, while Hannah Smith added two assists. Madison Koelbl and Alexz Lathers each had an assist.

Bethany Mead and Jocelyn Hammons combined to make two saves to post the shutout in goal for Canajoharie (5-6-2 overall, 5-5-2 WAC).

Sydney Benton finished with six saves for Mayfield (2-10-1 overall, 2-7-1 WAC).

Fonda-Fultonville 3, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 1

FONDA – Emma Rhodes finished with two goals to lead Fonda-Fultonville to a WAC victory over Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

Julianna Taylor also scored for the Lady Braves, who improved to 6-6-1 overall and 5-5-1 in WAC play.

Kristen Norray scored the lone goal for Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

Ryleigh Hesch made 10 saves for FFCS, while Nicole Filkins made seven stops for BKW.

Galway 4, Mekeel Christian 0

SCOTIA – Callia Boudreau scored three goals to lift Galway to a WAC victory over Mekeel Christian Academy.

Matisha Kenyon also scored for the Golden Eagles.

Leah Vanderhorst made two saves to post the shutout in goal.

Rebekkah Dean finished with 14 saves for Mekeel Christian.

Center State Conference

Dolgeville 3, Frankfort-Schuyler 0

FRANKFORT – Sarah George netted a hat trick to power Dolgeville to a victory over Frankfort-Schuyler.

Bobbie Lee Hall made seven saves to post the shutout in goal for the Blue Devils, who improved to 8-4-1 overall and 3-3 in CSC play.

Charlotte Rodio made eight saves for Frankfort-Schuyler (8-4-1 overall, 2-3-1 CSC).

Northern Soccer League

Keene 5, Wells 0

KEENE VALLEY – Hanna Whitney and Alyssa Summo each scored two goals to lead Keene past Wells.

Elaina Smith had a goal and an assist for the Beavers , who finished with a 26-1 advantage in shots.

Sierra Mauro finished with 15 saves for Wells (0-11 overall, 0-11 NSL).

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