GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Dragons started their second trip through the Foothills Council off on the right foot.
Celebrating senior night, the Dragons picked up their first victory of the season, defeating inter-city rival Johnstown 2-1 Friday night under the lights at Gloversville High School.
The Dragons came out on the attack and moved the ball forward quickly, earning a corner kick, which Damian Bruce lofted deep in front of the goal and Kadin O’Shaughnessy headed it home for a 1-0 lead with 52-second off the clock.
“There isn’t a person on our sideline that doesn’t know that the first 10 minutes is the most important,” Gloversville coach Jason Hillabrandt said. “To score a goal 52 seconds in was great. The best part is that is was on a corner kick and we stress that corner kicks are free goals. To see Kadin get a head on that and finish it was great.”
The Sir Bills defense withstood the pressure from the Gloversville front line as they worked to put a second goal on the board and began getting the ball through the midfield to their strikers.
With 10:19 left in the opening half the pressure paid off as Matthew Boyle struck a free kick from 25 yards out that cleared the Gloversville defenders and settled into the back of the net to send the match into halftime tied at one apiece.
The Dragons opened the second half again with a big push forward and Johnstown goalkeeper Josh Hoyt took control of the box, sliding off his line to cut down through balls to keep the score knotted at one.
The Dragons broke through for their second goal of the match in the 60th minute of play.
Ryan Issa gained control of the ball in the midfield and pushed a diagonal pass through a pulled up Johnstown defense. Bruce timed his run and sprinted ahead getting off a shot, as Hoyt came out to challenge the play, that found the back of the net for a 2-1 advantage with 20:06 left in regulation.
“That is something we have worked on endlessly in practice, the simple through ball,” Coach Hillabrandt said. “Part of our frustration this year is what we did last year. Having success last year, not so much with the wins but what we did with the ball. That second goal was the epitome of what we did last year. It was such a quick penetration up the middle with a simple angled through ball. and that was it.”
The Sir Bills looked to answer the goal, creating solid opportunities that the Dragons defense stepped up to not give the Johnstown shooters unchallenged shots and allowing goalkeeper Cayden King clear views of the attempts.
Gloversville used long passes out of the back to start counterattacks but could not add to the score before the final horn sounded on their first victory of the season and a split with the Sir Bills in the season series.
“Finishing has been a problem for us the past couple of years,” Johnstown Coach Tom Horning said. “Starting the game off the way it did . . . sometimes the simplest mistake can turn a game for the worse. We man-marked Bruce again to try to take him out of the equation because he definitely is a top striker. That helped out a lot beefing up the defense but it took away from our offense tonight.”
For the match, both teams had eight shots on net with Gloversville holding a 7-5 edge in corner kicks. King finished with five saves in goal for Gloversville, while Hoyt had six stops for Johnstown.
Johnstown (1-7-0) opens a three-game home stand, hosting Schuylerville at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Johnstown High School. Gloversville (1-7-0) will host South Glens Falls in a Foothills Council match at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Scotia-Glenville 3, Amsterdam 0
SCOTIA — Aidan Nichter scored twice to lift Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council South Division victory over Amsterdam.
Jared O’Connor also scored for Scotia-Glenville (7-2 overall, 6-2 Foothills).
Dominic Jack made four saves to post the shutout for the Tartans.
Ian Healy made four saves for Amsterdam (2-6 overall, 2-6 Foothills).
South Glens Falls 4, Glens Falls 0
GLENS FALLS — Andrew King had a goal and an assist to lead South Glens Falls to a Foothills Council North Division victory over Glens Falls.
Gavin Parker, Bobby Bruschini and Colin Parker also scored for the Bulldogs, while Logan Carruthers added an assist.
Sebastian Mayfield made one save to post the shutout for South Glens Falls (5-3 Foothills).
Ben Difiore made 10 stops for Glens Falls (2-6 Foothills).
Queensbury 2, Schuylerville 1
QUEENSBURY — Teddy Borgos and Peter Crawford scored to lift Queensbury to a Foothills Council North Division victory over Schuylerville.
Mike Lanfear scored the lone goal for the Black Horses.
Ethan Willis made nine saves for the Spartans, who improved to 10-1 overall and 8-0 in Foothills play.
Drew Phillips made 11 stops for Schuylerville (7-3 overall, 6-2 Foothills).
OESJ 6, Galway 1
ST. JOHNSVILLE — Jack Brundage scored twice to lift Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Galway.
Mason Snell had a goal and two assists for the Wolves, while Tyler Leon, Hunter Hickey and Chinnakrit Aroontheerapoj also scored.
Braden Fredericks had an assist for Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville (7-1 overall, 5-1 WAC), which outshot Galway by a 23-3 margin.
Rowan scored the lone goal for Galway on a penalty kick.
Adan Vasquez made one save to earn the win in goal for the Wolves.
Henry Flint made 10 saves for Galway (2-4-2 overall, 1-2-2 WAC).
Bishop Gibbons 3, Northville 2
SCHENECTADY — Wil Lawson scored twice to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to a WAC victory over Northville.
Joseph Matala also scored for Bishop Gibbons (5-2 overall, 4-2 WAC).
Matt LaPort and Camron Morehouse scored for Northville, while Griffin Leiby and Jacob Frank each had an assist.
Chase Wood made six saves for the Falcons, while Cole Nelson made six stops for the Golden Knights.
Northville (2-7 overall, 1-5 WAC) is scheduled to travel to Fonda-Fultonville on Monday for a 6:30 p.m. contest.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo 4, Canajoharie 0
CANAJOHARIE — Andrew Drescher and Ezeke Pulliam each scored twice to lead Berne-Knox-Westerlo to a WAC victory over Canajoharie.
The Bulldogs outshot the Cougars by a 7-2 margin.
Canajoharie (1-6-1 overall, 0-2-1 WAC) is scheduled to host Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville on Monday.
Schoharie 1, Middleburgh 1, OT
SCHOHARIE — Dustin Bengtson scored the lone goal for Schoharie in a WAC draw with rival Middleburgh.
Nathaniel Simmons assisted on the goal for the Indians.
Kaurice Bell scored the lone goal for Middleburgh.
Bailey Smart made 13 saves for Schoharie, while Will Bankston made seven saves for the Knights.
Fort Plain 3, Broadalbin-Perth 1
FORT PLAIN — Jaxson Yacowenia scored on a pair of penalty kicks to lift Fort Plain to a victory over Fort Plain.
Troy Butler also scored for the Hilltoppers (6-2 overall).
Kyle Denman scored the lone goal for Broadalbin-Perth (5-4 overall).
Jack Marsden made five saves for B-P, while Robert Jordan made 11 saves for Fort Plain.
Center State Conference
Dolgeville 4, Herkimer 0
HERKIMER — Jacob Null netted a hat trick to lead Dolgeville to a victory over Herkimer on Thursday.