Second-half surge sends Lady Bills past Spartans

Johnstown’s Kanako Sasaki (10) and Queensbury’s Chloe Liles (16) battle for a loose ball during Tuesday’s Foothills Council field hockey game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — Coming into Tuesday’s game, both the Johnstown and Queensbury field hockey teams were undefeated.

Both teams had also given up just two goals on the season.

The Lady Bills remained undefeated, handing the Spartans a 4-2 loss at Knox Field.

All four goals came in the second half as Johnstown rallied from a 1-0 deficit at the half. It was the first time that they Lady Bills have trailed this season.

“It was cut and dry at halftime. We had to step up and play or we were going to lose this game,” Johnstown coach Christine Krempa said. “It was that simple.”

Anna Lee scored twice in the second half for the Lady Bills, while Taryn Ringer and Emily Fleming each scored once.

“In the second half, they came out fast,” Queensbury coach Annette Carpenter said. “They’re a very skilled team.”

Queensbury opening the scoring with 17:30 left in the first half when Brittany Barton scored on an assist from Emily Korniak.

“It helped our momentum that we came out strong in the first half,” Carpenter said.

The Spartans held on to their advantage until the break, despite getting outshot by a 10-2 margin. Johnstown also had a 6-1 edge in first-half penalty corners.

“I give Queensbury credit. They outhustled us in the first half,” Krempa said. “I told the girls that we were flat out getting beat to most of the 50-50 balls. We had to do more passing.”

Johnstown pulled even with 26:11 remaining in the first half when Ringer scored on an assist from Lee on the first of 13 second-half penalty corners.

Lee gave the Lady Bills their first lead on an assist from Madison Etherton to make it 2-1 with 24:25 to play.

“We dominated the second half,” Krempa said. “We can’t wait for the second half to get going though.”

With 15:12 remaining, Lee gave Johnstown a two-goal lead with an unassisted goal off Queensbury goalie Kamdyn Bashant’s pads.

Fleming pushed the lead to 4-1 with 8:41 to play after a give-and-go with Etherton.

“We played well in the second half,” Krempa said. “We made some nice stick-to-stick passes and played our game.”

Alyssa Fitzgerald scored with Queensbury with 1:11 to play, making the final score 4-2.

“I hadn’t seen Queensbury yet this season,” Krempa said. “They’re always fast and I knew they would be a good test.”

Johnstown finished the game with a 24-8 advantage in shots and a 19-2 edge in penalty corners.

Abby VanValkenburgh made three saves for the Lady Bills, while Bashant finished with nine saves for the Spartans.

“We’re looking forward to playing them again at home on grass,” Carpenter said. “I think it will be a different game.”

Johnstown (6-0 overall, 4-0 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Glens Falls on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. contest.

It will be the Lady Bills’ first game on grass this season.

Queensbury (4-1 overall, 4-1 Foothills) is scheduled to host Scotia-Glenville next Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

South Glens Falls 6, Gloversville 2

GLOVERSVILLE — Liz Ahrens scored twice and had an assist to lead South Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Gloversville at Gloversville High School.

Sarah Shaw scored twice for the Bulldogs, while Emma Kenley and Lauren Willis also scored. Hannah McLean added an assist for South Glens Falls.

Loghan Ovitt and Rileigh Baldwin scored for Gloversville, while Caitlin Lawton added an assist.

Emily Baker made nine saves for South Glens Falls.

Kimi Hastings made eight saves for Gloversville.

By Paul Wager

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