GLOVERSVILLE — Though it’s still early in the season, Thursday’s Foothills Council boys’ soccer matchup between Gloversville and Broadalbin-Perth figured to go a long way toward determining the South Division title.
The Patriots fell behind early, but rallied to grab a 2-1 victory over the Dragons at Gloversville High School.
It was the third one-goal win in four games for the unbeaten Patriots this season.
“I thought we had good composure tonight. Gloversville scored a nice goal early, but we didn’t get rattled,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry said. “We played our game and got back into it.”
Sam Rogers scored both goals for B-P, while Nick Bianco had both assists.
“Sam [Rogers] scored two nice goals tonight,” Henry said.
Doug Cook scored the lone goal for Gloversville on an assist from Alex Rosmarino.
Cook’s goal came on a header after a long ball from Rosmarino just five minutes into the game to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead.
Broadalbin-Perth regrouped and scored the equalizer 15 minutes into the first half when Rogers fired a shot inside the near post on an assist from Bianco to tie the game at 1-1.
After a couple of near misses by Gloversville’s James Collar, the Patriots were able to take the lead for the first time with 17 minutes remaining.
Rogers scored his second of the half after a pass from Bianco left him wide open to make it 2-1.
“We needed the whole team to come together and bring it back,” Rogers said. “My teammates set me up nicely on my goals tonight.”
Broadalbin-Perth maintained its one-goal lead into the half.
After the break, Gloversville pressed the action as it looked to even the game, but the B-P defense kept them off the board.
“We bend but don’t break on defense,” Henry said. “They did a nice job tonight.”
After a 3-0 start to the season, the Dragons suffered their second straight one-goal defeat.
“We lost a little bit of momentum after [Broadalbin-Perth] went ahead in the first half,” Gloversville coach Jim Yanno said. “We bounced back and played well in the second half. I’m pleased with our effort tonight.”
Ian Schwartz finished with two saves for Broadalbin-Perth, while Justin Kemmet made four stops for Gloversville.
“This was a good test for us. We’re playing pretty good soccer right now.” Henry said. “This gives us a lot of momentum going into the Scotia game on Tuesday. They’re always a challenge for us.”
Broadalbin-Perth (4-0 overall, 4-0 Foothills) is scheduled to host Scotia-Glenville on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
In addition to its loss on the field, Gloversville also lost Tommy Kluska and James Collar during the game. Kluska suffered a foot injury, while Collar received a red card as the clock expired, meaning he will miss the Dragons’ next game.
“It’s going to have to be next man up,” coach Yanno said. “We’re probably going to have to pull a couple of players up for the junior varsity team.”
Gloversville (3-2 overall, 3-2 Foothills) is off until next Thursday when it is slated to host Glens Falls at 4:30 p.m.
“The break couldn’t come at a better time for us,” coach Yanno said. “We have a week to regroup and get ready for our next game.”
Halftime: Broadalbin-Perth led 2-1. Broadalbin-Perth scoring: Rogers 2-0, Bianco 0-2. Gloversville scoring: Cook 1-0, Rosmarino 0-1. Goalies: Broadalbin-Perth, Schwartz, 2 saves. Gloversville, Kemmet, 4 saves.