Johnstown girls’ soccer overcomes slow start to top Gloversville

By PAUl WAGER

THE LEADER-HERALD

JOHNSTOWN — After losing starting goalie Jordyn Tarbox to an injury, the Johnstown girls soccer team turned to senior Roslyn Chapin to fill the role.

Chapin played well in her debut, making four saves as the Lady Bills rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to post a 4-1 victory over Gloversville in a Foothills Council contest at Johnstown High School.

“We have one of our better field players playing in the goal now that our starting goalie is out, so it’s like losing two players. It’s going to be a long season,” Johnstown coach Erica Fitzpatrick said. “Roslyn did a good job in goal. She has it and she’ll be fine once she gets used to it.”

Chelsea Johnson had two goals and an assist to lead Johnstown, while Jaidyn Chest registered a goal and an assist. Lindsey Sweet also scored for the Lady Bills, and Abby Chest and Kirsten Draper each had an assist.

Melia Stoller scored the lone goal for Gloversville on an assist from Brooke Dutcher.

Stoller’s goal opened the scoring as she hit the top right corner from long range to make it 1-0 with 25:14 left in the opening half.

“We showed up ready to play today. We executed our game plan from the get go,” Gloversville coach Troy Kirk said. “We came out looking much better today than we did the other day. The disappointing thing is that the 4-1 score line won’t show how well we played.”

Gloversville, which lost 8-0 at home against Schuylerville last Friday, controlled the action early. However, Johnson put the Lady Bills on the board for the first time on an assist from Jaidyn Chest to tie the game at 1-1 with 16:12 left in the first half.

Johnson netted her second of the half with 2:32 to play in the half on an assist from Draper to give the Lady Bills a 2-1 lead at the half.

Johnstown, which was outshot by a 6-4 margin in the first half, fared better in the second half, finishing with a 9-3 advantage in shots.

The Lady Bills converted two of those shots, scoring twice to seal the 4-1 win. It was the first victory of the season for Johnstown, which dropped a 4-0 decision to Queensbury in its opener at home last Friday.

Sweet scored the first goal of the second half on an assist from Johnson with 31:15 remaining to make it 3-1, while Jaidyn Chest closed out the scoring on an assist from Abby Chest with 19:18 to play.

“We came out with a win, but it wasn’t our best effort,” Fitzpatrick said. “We still didn’t play our game though.”

Jalyn Smith made eight saves for Gloversville.

The game was originally slated to be played Wednesday, but afternoon thunderstorms moved the game to Thursday. As a result, both teams will be back in action today.

“We’ve got a quick turnaround and play Broadalbin-Perth tomorrow,” Fitzpatrick said.

Gloversville (0-3 overall, 0-2 Foothills) is slated to host Scotia-Glenville on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

“Our goal all season is to improve every time out,” Kirk said. “We’re going to come out and do our best tomorrow.”

Johnstown (1-1 overall, 1-1 Foothills) is set to host Broadalbin-Perth on Friday at 7 p.m.

Halftime score: Johnstown led 2-1. Gloversville scoring: Stoller 1-0, Dutcher 0-1. Johnstown scoring: Johnson 2-1, J. Chest 1-1, Sweet 1-0, Draper 0-1, A. Chest 0-1. Goalies: Smith, Gloversville, 8 saves. Chapin, Johnstown, 4 saves.

By Paul Wager