GLOVERSVILLE — Coming off a solid 3-1 non-league victory over Fonda-Fultonville on Friday, the Gloversville boys’ soccer team opened its Foothills Council campaign Tuesday at Husky Field.
Hosting North Division powerhouse Queensbury, the Dragons found themselves in an early deficit they could not battle back from as they fell to the Spartans 5-0.
“They are clearly one of the best teams in our class,” Gloversville coach Jason Hillabrandt said. “If that is a measuring stick for us, then at least we see where we are at. But to give up three goals in the first and last minute of each half; that is tough to swallow. They move the ball around well and play the way we want to play but you look on their bench and they have 10 subs and we have two. That makes it a little bit difficult, but that is not an excuse, they just took it to us today.”
Greg Maccharulo had a big match for the Spartans (3-0-0 overall, 1-0-0 Foothills), with four goals and an assist.
Queensbury came out on the attack and put its first goal of the match on the board 58 seconds into the match when Zach Wiekierak finished a centering pass from Maccharulo for a quick 1-0 lead.
Gloversville answered with a strong run down field with Jason Dennie striking a solid attempt that skimmed off the crossbar and out of play.
Maccharulo connected for his first goal of the match off a pass from Matt Ricciardelli and added his second goal 21 seconds later off an assist from Teddy Borgos for a 3-0 lead.
The Dragons looked to have the first goal of the season against the Spartans in the book at the midway point of the opening half when Marwan Abbas connected on a low shot that was headed toward the side netting only to have Queensbury defender Ricciardelli clear the ball off the line and out of play.
Queensbury closed out the opening half with Maccharulo completing his first-half hat trick with 1:15 left in the half off an assist from Alex Roca to give the Spartans a 4-0 halftime lead.
The Spartans first-half momentum carried over into the opening minute of the second half as Maccharulo collected his fourth goal of the match, this time off an assist from Wiekierak, 23-seconds after the kick off for a 5-0 lead.
The Dragons worked to put a score on the board in the second half only to have the Spartans’ defense, led by goalkeeper Ethan Willis, handled the Gloversville attack to remain unscored upon so far this season.
For the match, Queensbury held a 22-8 edge in shots on goals, while the Dragons held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Gloversville goalkeeper Jacob Katanecksza made 10 saves, while Willis posted three.
“There are a lot of things we can do better,” Hillabrandt said. “It is kind of a carryover from the other night where we weren’t finishing. We knew we were going to have limited chances. So of the chances we were going to get we definitely wanted to make them work. It just didn’t happen.”
Gloversville (1-1-0 overall, 0-1-0 Foothills) will take a few days to regroup before hosting Northville in a non-league match at 3 p.m. Saturday at Husky Field.
Schuylerville 4, Broadalbin-Perth 1
BROADALBIN —Schuylerville got scoring from four different players in its victory over the Patriots.
Michael Lanfear had a goal and an assist for the Black Horses, while Matt McCarthy, Zach Saddlemire and Nick Budesheim also scored.
Brady Goodemote recorded the Patriots goal off an assist from Jonathan Murphy with 11:43 left in the match to break up the shutout bid.
Junior varsity call-up Jack Marsden collected seven saves in his varsity debut as B-P’s standout goalkeeper Ian Halloran was unavailable for the match.
South Glens Falls 5, Amsterdam 0
AMSTERDAM — Matt Crounse collected 13 saves in goal for Amsterdam but it was not enough as the Bulldogs scored twice in each half and collected an own goal by the Rams in the Foothills Council opener for both teams.
Bobby Bruschini and Thomas Linehan had a goal and an assist each for the Bulldogs (1-1-0 overall, 1-0-0 Foothills), while Colin Parker and Will Lane also scored for South High.
Sebastian Maynard collected two saves on two Amsterdam shots on goal to get the shut out.
Scotia-Glenville 4, Glens Falls 1
SCOTIA — The Tartans did all their scoring in the first half to open their league play with a victory.
Jared O’Conner had a goal and an assist for Scotia-Glenville (2-1-0 overall, 1-0-0 Foothills), while David Currie and Conor McLaughlin added goals to go with an own goal by the Indians.
Hogan Fox scored a second-half goal for Glens Falls (0-1-0 overall, 0-1-0 Foothills).