Gloversville, Ballston Spa to meet for tourney title

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ballston Spa Scotties kicked off the 2018 soccer season by winning the annual Scott Retersdorf Memorial Tournament and rode the momentum into the Section II Class A Final Four for the first time in school history.

Friday night the Scotties took the first step toward a return trip with a 5-0 victory over Northville in the opening round of the Scott Retersdorf Memorial Tournament Friday at Gloversville High School.

Standing in their way are the host Lady Dragons of Gloversville, who reached the championship match with a 5-1 victory over Mayfield.

“We were stopped short last year so I think we are looking for a little bit of revenge,” said Ballston Spa senior captain Sarah Rule of her teams success last year. “We have been told throughout our club years ‘Wait to your senior year’ and it is here and we are ready to finish off on a high note.”

Rule connected for three goals in Friday’s match including a header off a corner kick restart, while Keira Dashnow added a goal. Maddy Barnum added three assists for the match and Shaylee Andress collected three saves.

Northville goalkeeper Emily Shepard came up with several key stops including three close range attempts on second-half breakaways from Dashnow. The Lady Falcons’ Grace Forsey delivered her teams best attempt with a 20-yard shot on goal that Andress had to dive to deflect wide of the goal.

In the second game of the night, Gloversville got off to a fast start, when Taylor Mee finished off a pass from Melia Stoller just under four minutes into the match.

Five minutes later Stoller got a second assist as Katie Callen found the back of the net. Callen picked up the assist on Mee’s second goal of the half before Stoller was in position to finish off a rebound off a shot by Callen that hit the post to stake the Lady Dragons to a 4-0 halftime advantage.

“We talk a lot about starting with a lot of energy and getting a quick goal,” Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. “You couldn’t ask for a better start than we had tonight.”

Gloversville stretched its lead to 5-0 early in the second half when Stoller finished a pass from Michaela Ponticello.

The Lady Panthers regrouped, stringing passes together through the Gloversville midfield and found success when Lindsey Hampton received a pass from Brianna Hubiak and fired a line-drive shot under the crossbar with 24:45 left in the match to put the final score at 5-1.

“The second half we really tried working on seeing the ball more and talking to each other,” first year Mayfield coach Marist Logan said. “I think they did utilize that and we tried switching the fields to get better angles. From scrimmage number one where we came out flat and the girls weren’t really talking to one another, we have worked hard on that and have greatly improved. ”

Stoller finished with two goals and two assists for Gloversville, while Mee added two goals and Callen added a goal and an assist and Ponticello had an assist.

“We had some key players hurt so that kind of adjusted to the way we played,” Hallenbeck said. “Mayfield came out and did not quit. They played hard to entire game.”

For the match, Gloversville outshot Mayfield 15-10 and held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Mayfield (0-1) will face off against Northville (0-1) at 5 p.m. today in the consolation match, while Ballston Spa and Gloversville will battle in the championship match starting at 7 p.m. at Gloversville High School.

“It was very important for us to get off to a good start,” Rule said. “The Retersdorf family is very close to Ballston Spa. Knowing what soccer means to the family and how much Scott Retersdorf influenced the game and I think that was a big influence on how we played today.”

By Paul Wager

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