Led by two goals from Jenna Thompson, the Lady Bills rallied for a pair of second half goals, with the game-winner coming off a direct kick with 2:16 left to play to lift Johnstown to a 3-2 victory in Foothills Council action Thursday at Gloversville High School.
“Tonight I would say we had 100 percent participation and effort from every single one of these girls,” Johnstown coach Erica Fitzpatrick said. “We are a very young team with ninth and tenth graders who have not played a lot before. They stepped up and did their part. Then the older girls stepped up and finished.”
The match opened at a furious pace with the teams producing three goals in the opening 10 minutes.
Thompson staked the Lady Bills to an early lead converting on a direct kick with 94 seconds off the clock.
It took 16 seconds for Gloversville to tie the match up with Harmony Philo putting the ball in the back of the net to tie the match at one.
Eight minutes later the Lady Dragons pulled ahead when Angel Anderson finished a pass from Taylor Mee to take a 2-1 lead and held it until half time.
“You couldn’t ask for a better response,” Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. “They scored and then 16 seconds later we march right down and get it right back and then get another one to go up. I am very proud of they way we responded after going down early again.”
Gloversville continued its strong play after the second-half kick off but the Lady Bills began taking control in the midfield and began putting pressure on the Lady Dragons back line.
The pressure paid off with 13:22 left in regulation when Carolyn Fitzpatrick sent a low ball across the box that deflected off a Gloversville defender and into the net to tie the match at two.
The lady Dragons pushed to regain the lead but could not break through for a score.
With time running down, the Lady Bills moved forward on a counter attack and drew a pushing foul, setting up a direct kick from 25 yards out that Thompson put jut under the crossbar for what proved to be the game-winner with 2:16 left to play.
The Lady Bills survived a late surge from Gloversville to lock up their second win of the season over Gloversville.
“Our team is solid. When everybody is healthy and firing on all cylinder we are solid,” Coach Fitzpatrick said. “We did that against Hudson Falls, too. We kicked the winning goal with 59 seconds left. Then it just comes down to controlling the time and making smart plays.”
For the match, Johnstown held a 13-12 edge in shots on goal and led 7-3 in corner kicks.
“They out played us in the second half,” Coach Hallenbeck said. “Credit to them. They were down, worked hard and got a little bit of a lucky equalizer and then another on a free kick. You can’t give up two goals on free kicks. I was just happy the ball was going in the net. We have been on a bit of a dry spell. To score early was a relief but we just couldn’t find our groove the rest of the game.”
Johnstown (4-3-2 overall, 4-3-2 Foothills) will return to action next Thursday when the Lady Bills host Amsterdam, while Gloversville (4-7-0 overall, 2-6-0 Foothills) will host South Glens Falls in a Foothills crossover match Monday at Gloversville High School.
South Glens Falls 11, Glens Falls 0
SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Aly Fish finished with four goals and two assists to leadSouth High to victory.
Amya Naja added three goals and two assists for the Bulldogs, while Zoe Lanfear had two goals. Natalie Barden added a goal and an assist, while Emma Bovair closed out the scoring with a goal.
Ginger Kohanek, Vivian Picerno, Hannah Breen, Kaili Stillman and Lexi Manning all had assists for South Glens Falls (6-2-1 overall, 6-1-0 Foothills).
Makayla Bennett collected 21 saves in goal for Glens Falls (1-8 overall, 0-8 Foothills)
Queensbury 7, Schuylerville 1
QUEENSBURY — Maddie Montgomery connected for two goals, while Christina Cummings, Izzy Dennison, Sophia Keshmiri, Cara Parker and Kylie Potter added scores for the Spartans.
Cassandra Cooper accouted for Schuylerville’s lone goal.
Amsterdam at Scotia-Glenville
Game was postponed due to athletes in Amsterdam Scohhol District with Coxsackievirus.
Northern Soccer League
Crown Point 5, Wells 0
WELLS — Swade McIntosh netted a hat trick to propel Crown Point to a victory over Wells on Wednesday.
Lauren Kimball and Shawna McIntosh also scored for the Panthers.
Wells (2-2-1 overall, 2-2-1 NSL) is scheduled to travel to Johnsburg today for a 4:30 p.m. contest.
Fort Plain 3, Richfield Springs 2
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Emily Abrams scored twice to lead Fort Plain to a non-league victory over Richfield Springs on Saturday.
Sarah Florian also scored for the Hilltoppers (3-5 overall), who are scheduled to host Galway on Monday at 4:30 p.m.