Gloversville rolls to 10-1 boys’ soccer victory over Johnstown

PETER R. BARBER/THE LEADER HERALD Gloversville’s Thomas Kluska handles the ball next to Johnstown’s Tyler Downing Thursday, September 9, 2021.

By PAUL WAGER

The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN — With a senior-laden lineup, the Gloversville boys soccer team is looking to make some noise this season.

The Dragons made plenty Thursday, scoring 10 times in a 10-1 victory over Johnstown in a Foothills Council boys’ soccer contest at Johnstown High School.

James Collar finished with four goals and an assist for the Dragons, while Tommy Kluska had a two goals and three assists. Jordan Yanno registered a goal and two assists, while Dane Dillenback and Doug Cook each had a goal and an assist. Kazuma Lomanto also scored for the Dragons, and Angel Perez and Evan Renda each added an assist.

Kluska, Lomanto, Dillenback and Cook are all seniors.

“This group is pretty experienced,” coach Yanno said.

Elijah Jones scored the lone goal for Johnstown on a penalty kick.

“We did some things well tonight,” Gloversville coach Jim Yanno said.

While Gloversville has 10 seniors on its roster, the Sir Bills have just one senior on their roster.

“We’ve got a fairly young team, but we’ve been working hard to come together,” Johnstown coach Nicole Naselli said. “We’ve added some ninth-graders and everybody saw playing time tonight.”

After opening its season with a 1-0 win over Schuylerville at home Tuesday, Gloversville got rolling quickly Thursday.

Kluska scored the game’s opening goal on an assist from Jordan Yanno just 1:49 into the game.

It was the first of seven first-half goals for the Dragons, who took a 7-0 lead into the half.

“This group of Gloversville players has been playing together for a long time,” Naselli said. “It’s been interesting to see their progression.”

Collar scored three goals in the first half for Gloversville, while Kluska finished with two. Lomanto and Cook also scored first-half goals for the Dragons.

As it did in the first half, Gloversville started the second half quickly, scoring three goals in the first 12 minutes.

Cook opened the scoring on an assist from Dillenback just 1:10 into the half, while Jordan Yanno and Collar also scored for the Dragons.

Jones converted a penalty kick for the Sir Bills’ lone goal early in the second half.

It was the second straight loss for Johnstown, which dropped a 13-0 decision at home against Queensbury on Tuesday after opening its season with a 3-2 win at Schoharie last Friday.

“Johnstown works hard,” coach Yanno said. “They played right to the final whistle.”

Justin Kemmet made three saves for the Dragons, while Kaden Chittenden finished with 11 stops for Johnstown.

The Dragons went 5-8 during the Fall 2 season in March and April and coach Yanno said that playing in the spring has benefitted his squad.

“It’s nice to have the seasons a little bit closer together,” he said. “I think it’s helped us.”

Gloversville (2-0 overall, 2-0 Foothills) is slated to host Scotia-Glenville on Saturday at 11 a.m., while Johnstown (1-2 overall, 0-2 Foothills) is set to host Broadalbin-Perth on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Gloversville 10, Johnstown 1

Halftime: Gloversville led 7-0. Gloversville scoring: Collar 4-1, Kluska 2-3, Yanno 1-2, Dillenback 1-1, Cook 1-1, Lomanto 1-0, Perez 0-1, Renda 0-1. Johnstown scoring: Jones 1-0. Goalies: Kemmet, Gloversville, 3 saves. Chittenden, Johnstown, 11 saves.

By Paul Wager