BROADALBIN – It was an easy night for Broadalbin-Perth goalkeeper Ian Halloran. The only time he touched the ball during the Patriots opening round match against Catholic Central was on an attempt from midfield off a restart that rolled on goal and he easily scooped it up for a save on the Crusaders’ lone shot of the game.
Meanwhile, his teammates dominated Wednesday’s Section II Class B opening-round match with seven different players scoring in a 9-0 rout by the top-seeded Patriots, the top-ranked Class B team in the state, to advance easily to the quarterfinals where they will host No. 9 Tamarac at 6 p.m. Friday at Patriot Field.
“This is the kind of soccer we play and obviously we did a nice job possessing the ball,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry said. “We scored some nice goals today and everybody got involved in the offense. We are now moving on to the second round and will play Tamarac. I am really happy with the result. I think the big thing is we got out of here healthy.”
The Patriots (16-0-1) took control at the kick off and went to work establishing their possession game.
When the Crusaders defense cleared the ball out of bounds, it set up the Patriots for a flip-throw from Stephen Spraker that Preston Taylor headed into the back of the net with 73 seconds off the clock for a 1-0 advantage.
“On that first goal I think the only time they touched the ball was when they knocked it out of bounds,” Henry said. “I think we had about 30 touches on the ball. We knocked it around and brought it down. It was a thing of beauty.”
Broadalbin-Perth kept the pressure on and used a corner kick to put its second goal of the match on the board.
Joseph Dylong put the ball in play from the right side that Taylor flicked on to Griffin Goodemote to finish for a 2-0 lead with 31:39 left in the opening half.
Two minutes later Spraker dribbled the ball to the end line before drawing it back for Jake Cope to finish for a 3-0 lead.
Spraker picked up his first of two goals in the match when he connected on a 25-yard strike off a pass from Goodemote for a 4-0 advantage with 18:04 left in the opening half.
“As soon as we saw what they were doing it brought a smile to our faces because it just fed into our style of soccer,” Henry said. “Being able to thread that ball through and go to post and we executed very well today. Nothing against them, but they were just outmatched tonight.”
There was no let down by the Patriots after the break as Goodemote narrowly missed his second goal of the match when his shot hit the crossbar.
Spraker again got the assist when he took the ball deep into the corner before crossing it to the middle where Ryan Zajaceskowski side-volleyed his shot into the back of the net to put the Patriots up 5-0.
Spraker put his second goal of the match on the board with 24:51 left to play when he finished off a pass from Cope to run the score to 6-0.
Cope picked up another assist with 19:48 when he sent the ball into the middle and Goodemote chipped the ball over the Crusaders goalkeeper as he charged off his line in an attempt to disrupt the play.
Jared Eipp delivered the Patriots eighth goal of the match when he slotted home a hard shot off an assist from Zach Monks and junior varsity call-up Jon Murphy delivered the final goal off a corner kick that bounced around in front of the goal before he drilled his shot off a Catholic Central defender and into the net to close out the 9-0 rout.
For the match, B-P outshot the Crusaders 48-1, with 34 of the shots on frame, and held an 18-0 edge in corner kicks.
Noah Miller collected 25 saves in net for Catholic Central, while Halloran had to one stop.
Spraker finished the night with two goals and three assists, while Goodemote had two goals and an assist. Cope had a goal and two assists.
With 10 seniors on the squad, the experience of playing together up through the program is paying dividends for the Patriots.
“Our last year of modified we were undefeated,” Spraker said. “Our freshman year on JV we dominated and then it continued up here. The last three years we have been waiting for this moment. It is everything we have wanted.”
Tamarac advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 2-1 victory over No. 8 Cohoes. Also advancing to the Class B quarterfinals were No. 3 Schalmont with a 6-0 win over No. 14 Hoosick Falls and No. 6 Glans Falls with a 5-2 victory against No. 11 Corinth.
“I don’t know anything about Tamarac but we will find out what they are all about in the next couple of days and hopefully we will get another good result like we did tonight,” Henry said.