Fast start keys Tartans’ victory over Gloversville

Gloversville’s Loghan Ovitt (13) moves the ball upfield while under pressure from Scotia-Glenville’s Jessie Paszyiewkz during Foothills Council action Thursday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/james A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — Scotia-Glenville got off to a fast start and put the Gloversville Huskies into a hole they could not dig out of.

The Lady Tartans punched in three goals in the opening 12 minutes of play and pulled away for a 7-1 victory over Gloversville in Foothills Council field hockey action Thursday at Gloversville High School.

“We had some good plays and stayed in the game,” Gloversville coach Amy Romeyn said. “We have come back from 3-0 before, so they have it in them, but I can’t say it was one of our best games.”

Scotia-Glenville put pressure on the Gloversville defense early and Bridget Malone finished a long run with an unassisted goal with 6:30 off the clock.

Zoe Connor connected for a pair of goals 73 seconds apart. The first came off an assist from Caroline Rooney and the second from Emma Malone for a 3-0 lead.

After a time out, Gloversville adjusted and picked up its intensity of play working the ball into the Lady Tartans defensive zone.

The effort paid off as Loghan Ovitt finished a pass from Rileigh Baldwin to cut the lead to 3-1 with 10:54 left in the opening half.

Scotia added a fourth goal before the end of the half as Olivia Geniti finished a pass from Connor on a penalty corner restart play for a 4-1 advantage.

The Lady Tartans continued to move the ball through the midfield but the Gloversville defense slowed down their advances.

Abby Esperti extended the Scotia lead to 5-1 with an assist from Olivia Geniti, while Geniti and Rooney added late goals to put the final score at 7-1.

For the match, Scotia-Glenville had 2 shots on cage, while Gloversville produced nine and the Lady Tartans held a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners.

Gloversville goalkeeper Kimi Hastings was credited with 19 saves on the night, while Isabelle Warfield had five stops for Scotia.

“We need to work on our spacing and moving the ball down the field,” coach Romeyn said. “That is where we are lacking. We are still building and growing. All I ask is that they stay in the game and they did and fought to the end.”

The Huskies will return to the field on Saturday when they travel to Glens Falls for a 10 a.m. match at the Morse Sports Complex.

Johnstown 5, Glens Falls 1

JOHNSTOWN — Samantha Flood scored with 3:32 off the clock to stake Glens Falls to an early lead in Thursday’s Foothills Council match at Knox Field.

However, Johnstown answered 88-second later when Taryn Ringer connected off an assist from Emily Fleming for the first of her three goals in the match to help keep improve the Lady Bills record to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Foothills.

Fleming pushed a pass from Anna Lee on a penalty Corner to Ringer for another first-half score, while Lee got a put back off the goalie’s pads to put the Lady Bills up 3-1 at the half.

Kanako Sasaki finished a pass from Fleming early in the second half, while Ringer scored on a penalty stroke with 32-seconds left to put the final score at 5-1.

For the match, Johnstown outshot Glens Falls 35-3 with Abby VanValkenburgh making two saves in goal for Johnstown and Cassidy Harrington stopping 25 shots for Glens Falls.

Johnstown (6-0 overall, 5-0 Foothills) will next host South Glens Falls in a league match at 10 a.m. Saturday at Knox Field.

By Paul Wager

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