Holz leads Patriots in 10-1 rout of Rams

Broadalbin-Perth’s Devon Holz (20) battles for control of the ball against Amsterdam’s JeremyEspinoza (11) during first-half action Thursday at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin-Perth boys soccer team did not take long to put Monday’s loss to Schuylerville behind them.

The Patriots came out on the attack, putting their first goal of the night into the back of the net just under two minutes into the game as they rolled to a 10-1 rout of Amsterdam Thursday night at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

“It was a good recovery. Our game plan is coming together, “ Broadalbin-Perth coach Billy Eipp said. “We put a little fine-tuning on the strategy and I liked it a lot. I think we showed our potential tonight. “

Playing in the Foothills Council South Division opener for both teams, Amsterdam’s Jeremy Espinoza put the first shot of the match on net, which Broadalbin-Perth goalkeeper Ian Halloran gathered in.

Halloran put the ball back in play with a booming punt that Devon Holz got control of deep in the Rams’ defensive end. Holz slipped a pass inside to Jon Murphy who touched it back to Holz on a near-post run to finish for a 1-0 lead with 1:55 off the clock.

Jared Eipp picked up the assist on the Patriots second goal when he slipped a pass forward to Zach Monks who finished the play to put the Patriots up 2-0 in the eighth minute of play.

Four minutes later Eipp again came up with the assist when he touched the ball wide to Jon Murphy who in turn blasted the shot off the hands of Amsterdam goalkeeper Matt Crounse for a 3-0 edge.

The Patriots strung together passes again to open a 4-0 lead when Monks sent the ball to Holz to set up Brady Goodemote for the score with 16:50 left in the opening half.

The Rams broke up the shut out bit with 14:32 left in the half when Kevin Vargas timed his run onto a long pass out of the midfield from Ever Arevalo to get in one-on-one with Halloran and finish the play to cut the score to 4-1.

“That is what happened against Schuylerville, too. That is how we got beat, “ Coach Eipp said. “It was one-on-one and I think it was a borderline off-sides call. “

The Patriots again opened a four-goal advantage with just over six minutes left in the first half when Halloran again sent a long punt into play that Will Austin controlled before dropping a pass to Holz who drilled a long shot into the net for a 5-1 Broadalbin-Perth advantage at the break.

“Ian [Halloran} is such a force in the back and brings so much to the team as a leader and a goalie being able to do what he can do back there, “ Coach Eipp said.

It didn’t take long for the Patriots to extend their lead after the second-half kick off as Austin fired a shot on goal that hit the post but bounced back in his direction. The senior captain gathered in the ball and sent a cross pass to the far post where Holz was left unmarked and finished the play for a 6-1 advantage 57-seconds into the final half.

The Patriots kept the pressure on and two minutes later, Murphy won a 50-50 ball and pushed it forward to Goodemote who in turn connected with Monks for his second goal of the match and a 7-1 lead.

Crounse came up with a save on Goodemote’s point-blank shot with 23 minutes left but could not come up with the save on Austin’s hard shot from 20 yards out off a drop pass from Holz to push the score to 8-1.

The Patriots took the score to 9-1 with 8:49 remaining when Brady Eipp threw the ball into to Goodemote, who lifted a cross to the far post that Ian Dingman headed home.

Goodemote closed out the scoring with his goal off an assist from Monks with 7:21 left to put the final score at 10-1.

For the match, Broadalbin-Perth held a 30-5 advantage in shots on goal and 3-1 in corner kicks.

Halloran collected four saves, while Crounse and Romeo Cruz combined for eight stops for Amsterdam.

Holz added to assists to his three-goal night, while Monks and Jared Eipp also picked up a pair of assists and Austin and Goodemote had an assist apiece.

“We are still working on our one-two touch and moving the ball around but we did play our game tonight and it showed, “ Coach Eipp said. “We got good stuff from Devon Holz tonight. He was due for a big game and also from Brady Goodemote up top tonight. “

Broadalbin-Perth (2-1-0 overall, 1-1-0 Foothills) will host Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville in a non-league match at 7 p.m. Tuesday before hosting Scotia-Glenville in a key Foothills Council South Division match at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Amsterdam (0-2-0 overall, 0-2-0 Foothills) will host Gloversville in a league match at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lynch Literacy Academy.

Scotia-Glenville 6, Johnstown 1

SCOTIA — Jared O’Conner finished with three goals and two assists to lead Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council South Division victory over Johnstown.

Jacob Rousseau, David Currie and Julian Aldi also scored for Scotia-Glenville (3-1 overall, 2-0 Foothills). Aldi also had two assists for the Tartans, while Rousseau had one assist.

Matthew Boyle scored the lone goal for Johnstown (0-2 overall, 0-2 Foothills). Christian Solby assisted on the goal for the Sir Bills.

By Paul Wager

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