Dragons cruise past Falcons, 6-1

Northville goalkeeper Andrew Klingbeil makes a diving challenge on the ball as Gloversville’s Raymond Strauser shoots during non-league action Saturday at Husky Field in Gloversville. Backing up the play for Northville are Lucas Jetty (12) and Curtis Arnold (17). (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — After suffering a loss in their league opener against Queensbury, the Gloversville boys soccer team went back to work in practice

The Dragons put their practice to work Saturday against a solid Northville squad.

The adjustments worked as the Dragons got a three-goal performance from Raymond Strauser and two goals from Jason Dennie in a 6-1 non-league victory over the Falcons Saturday at Husky Field.

“Most of the goals today were exactly what we have been working on and that is nice to see,” Gloversville coach Jason Hillabrandt said. “It was important for them to see, especially for Raymond [Strauser] and Damian [Bruce] up top are starting to see the runs we want them to make. They are getting more comfortable.”

Bruce got Gloversville on the board first with his long shot into the upper corner just under four minutes into the match.

The Falcons answered nine minutes later when Michael Kalkbrenner curled a 40-yard direct kick into the upper corner to tie the match at one apiece.

The score remained tied until the final seconds of the half when Strauser hit a low shot into the back of the net with 12 seconds showing on the clock to give Gloversville a 2-1 halftime advantage.

“As we saw with Queensbury, the first couple minutes of a game and the last minutes of each half are so huge. We gave up that same goal to Queensbury,” Hillabrandt said. “We had a pretty good grasp on what we were trying to do and that goal killed us [against Queensbury]. To be able to get the goal at the end of the half was huge and that triggered some momentum for us coming out in the second half.”

The Dragons struck quickly after the break with Jason Dennie sending a cross to the far post that Strauser got a foot on to redirect into the net just under six minutes into the half.

Strauser picked up the assist on Bruce’s second goal of the match for a 4-1 lead with 35-07 left to play.

Gloversville pushed the score to 5-1 with 30:18 remaining when Dennie fired a low shot on goal that Falcons’ goalkeeper Andy Klingbeil dove to knock away, but the rebound went to Tyler Kemmet at the far post to finish.

Strauser completed his hat trick with 7:35 left to play when Kemmet pushed the ball through the defense and Strauser hit the back of the net for the 6-1 final score.

For the match, Gloversville held a 17-5 edge in shots on goal and 8-1 in corner kicks.

Klingbeil collected 10 saves in goal for the Falcons, while Dragons’ goalkeeper Jacob Katanecksza had one.

Gloversville (2-1-0 overall, 0-1-0 Foothills) will open its Foothills South Division play on the road Wednesday against Amsterdam.

“Our league is so tough that you have to go into the game with momentum,” Hillabrandt said. “This win and the way we went about what we wanted to do is a big confidence builder going into Wednesday night.”

Northville (1-3-0 overall, 0-1-1 WAC) will travel to play Berne-Knox-Westerlo in Western Athletic Conference match Wednesday.

By Paul Wager

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