BROADALBIN - The Broadalbin-Perth girls soccer team may have been a little too amped on its senior night to start the game against Gloversville, putting the game on edge for the opening 10 minutes.
However, B-P relaxed, and in the 19th minute, Katie Herba struck a bending free kick from over 30 yards out to open the scoring while Victoria Marotta provided two goals in the second half for the 3-0 win on Tuesday.
"I think [we] came out pumped up for the seniors tonight, and sometimes with too much energy you overdo things," Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug said. "Once they got composed and settled in a little bit, they did a good job."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Cassidy Washburn (5) fends off Gloversville’s Jessica Benton (10) during a Foothills Council contest at Patriot Field on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Erich Neuhaus)
Gloversville's chances after the first 10 minutes were few and far between, but besides Herba's free kick in the first half, the Lady Dragons were able to keep up with their Foothills rivals.
"I thought we started pretty well," said Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck, whose team dropped a 4-0 decision to B-P on Sept. 24. "We had a couple chances early and we played with them. For the majority of the first half - it wasn't even - but we hung with them and that's better than what we can say the last time we played them."
Gloversville defenders Melissa Schneider, Natasha Simon and Dayna Peck were able to control Herba and the B-P attack for the majority of the first half, getting good clearances and trying to move the ball up to forwards Chanel Thomas and Caroline Kakyta. But in the second half, those clearances rarely made it over midfield.
"They won a lot of 50/50 balls," Hallenbeck said. "That's what really hurt us in the second half."
Marotta scored just five minutes into the second half on a hard shot off a throw-in, turning around her defender, Simon, and unleashing a perfect strike into the far corner of the goal from 16 yards out in the left side of the 18.
"I just turned around and shot it," the junior said. "It was a good throw-in. Katie Herba got on it and I turned, cut it back and got it in."
Marotta was able to control the midfield and B-P was more efficient passing the ball in the second half, which led to more scoring opportunities.
Just a minute after Marotta's goal, Herba sent a cross through the 18 that Michaela Hills just missed a touch on.
"We paid attention to our passes and really connected better," Marotta said. "We were able to finish things off and played simpler, so it made the game easier for ourselves."
Broadalbin-Perth was also able to get good scoring chances off their five corner kicks in the second half.
Off a corner in the 58th minute, Hills was able to fire a shot that Gloversville keeper Alexis Capasso made a diving stop on and held the rebound before Abbie Sample pounced on the loose ball.
On another corner two minutes later, Marotta headed a ball in the middle of the 18 that just sailed wide of goal.
"We're creating lots of chances," Klug said of the set pieces. "Now can we start finishing off the rest of those chances... I'd be worried if we weren't creating them, so I'm happy that we're creating them."
Marotta capped off the scoring in the 65th minute by cleaning up a missed clearance by the Gloversville defense, which left her one-on-one with Capasso that she neatly put away for her second goal of the night.
Capasso, though, was strong in net for the Lady Dragons, finishing with 14 saves, which included nine in the second half. She stopped Herba with a diving stop in the 67th minute that highlighted her night.
"She plays huge," Hallenbeck said of his junior keeper. "She comes up with some big saves. I'm glad to have her back there and she's getting better as the season goes on, and that's all you can ask for."
Gloversville falls to 2-9 in the Foothills and 3-10 overall. The Lady?Dragons finish up by hosting Johnstown on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Scotia-Glenville on Saturday at 5 p.m.
"The season hasn't gone our way, but we have to treat every game like the rest of season hasn't happened," Hallenbeck said.
The Lady Patriots finish their season on the road against Queensbury on Friday and South Glens Falls on Saturday.
B-P has already beat Queensbury earlier this year and tied South Glens Falls, which gave them their first result other than a win on the year.
"We've had a great year," said Klug, whose team is ranked 20th in the state in Class B. "I feel good going into the games - they're two very good teams that are going to be in the top-five in the A bracket [of sectionals]. We're looking to take it one game at a time. We don't look past Queensbury to get to South High. We're going into [Queensbury's] game against a very good team and look to get a result to help boost our sectional seeding."