BROADALBIN — In his first game as Broadalbin-Perth coach Billy Eipp faced a familiar foe.
Eipp, a Northville graduate, faced the Falcons in his debut with the Patriots.
After a scoreless first half, the Patriots scored three times in the final 40 minutes to post a 3-1 victory in the season opener for both teams.
“That was a fun match. It was nice to get my first win,” Eipp said. “I’m from Northville and I’ll always root for them, except for today. That’s my town.”
The game began with a scoreless first half that saw both sides nearly break through.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Jonathan Murphy had his team’s first chance, but Northville keeper Andy Klingbeil made the save with 31:30 left in the first half.
Northville responded with a chance from Nate Reidell, who put a cross from Michael Kalkbrenner on goal that B-P keeper Ian Halloran managed to tip off the right post.
“In the first half, we had some dangerous chances,” Northville coach Steve Clapper said. “If that falls in, it’s a different game.”
The Falcons nearly struck again with 21:40 left in the first half when Curtis Arnold fired a shot at Halloran who made the save. Reidell pounced on the rebound only to have Halloran stop his shot as well.
After the break, Broadalbin-Perth dominated possession and controlled the action.
“In the second half, they had more chances,” Clapper said.
Murphy snapped the scoreless tie with 32:25 to play, giving the Patriots a 1-0 advantage.
B-P pushed its lead to 2-0 with 28:12 when Zachary Monks scored on a shot from 30 yards out.
Northville snapped the shutout with 13:18 remaining when Arnold scored on an assist from Reidell to make it 2-1.
The Patriots added an insurance goal with 5:22 to play when Murphy scored his second of the game on an assist from Jared Eipp.
“In the second half, we definitely ran out of gas,” Clapper said. “The few mistakes we made in the second half were fatigue mistakes.”
Broadalbin-Perth finished the game with a 38-7 advantage in shots.
“That’s exciting,” Eipp said of his team’s shot total. “We just introduced our offensive strategy yesterday, so I think we’ll continue to improve offensively.”
Halloran finished with six saves for B-P, while Klingbeil finished with 16 saves for Northville.
Broadalbin-Perth (1-0 overall) is slated to host Schuylerville on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in its Foothills Council opener.
Northville (0-1) is scheduled to host Doane Stuart in a non-league on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
“We have a very young team,” Clapper said. “We’ve got a long way to go. I’m not expecting us to be perfect yet.”