Amsterdam girls edge Lady Dragons, 3-2

GLOVERSVILLE — In its last outing, the Amsterdam girls soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision at home to Broadalbin-Perth on Saturday.

The Lady Rams found themselves on the right side of a one-goal game Wednesday as they edged Gloversville, 3-2, in a back-and-forth Foothills Council contest at Gloversville High School.

“It was a good game,” Amsterdam coach Jessica Verrigni said. “We knew coming in that it would be and it was.”

Anne Stanavich scored twice for the Lady Rams, while Lydia Iorio also scored. Madisyn Meca had two assists for Amsterdam.

Taylor Mee and Brooke Dutcher scored for Gloversville, while Melia Stoller and Mee each had an assist.

Amsterdam struck first when Iorio scored on an assist from Meca to make it 1-0.

Mee knotted the game at 1-1 with less than two minutes left in the first half, scoring for the Lady Dragons on an assist from Stoller.

Amsterdam regained the lead less than a minute into the second half when Stanavich scored on an assist from Meca to make it 2-1.

“I always to try to challenge the girls to come out quick to start the half,” Verrigni said. “A lot of times, that’s what can decide the game.”

As they did in the first half, the Lady Dragons pulled back even with Amsterdam, this time when Dutcher scored on a corner kick by Mee to make it 2-2.

The Lady Rams grabbed the lead back for a third an final time when Stanavich netted an unassisted goal to make it 3-2.

“We missed a lot of close chances, but we finished enough of them to come out on top,” Verrigni said.

Gloversville mounted a late surge in an effort to tie the game for a third time, but missed several opportunities in their bid for the equalizer.

The closest came with less than two minutes to play when Stoller skimmed the top of the crossbar with a shot after receiving a corner kick from Mee.

“We had good chances down the stretch,” Hallenbeck said. “We just couldn’t finish them.”

Karen Troche-Esteva posted seven saves for Amsterdam, which had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

Meredith Dennie finished with six saves for Gloversville, which outshot the Lady Rams by a 14-12 margin.

“We had too many mistakes today,” Hallenbeck said. “We played hard and had lots of chances, but we just couldn’t capitalize on them.”

Amsterdam (2-5 overall, 2-4 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Scotia-Glenville on Saturday for a 10 a.m. contest.

Gloversville (0-7 overall, 0-6 Foothills) is slated to host Ballston Spa on Saturday at 10 a.m.

By Paul Wager