BROADALBIN - After escaping with a 1-1 tie at South Glens Falls in its Foothills Council opener Wednesday, the Broadalbin-Perth boys soccer team came into Saturday's home game with Queensbury searching for a better results.
"South Glens Falls is always a tough matchup," Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry said. "To rebound the way we did today is a real positive for us."
The Patriots bounced back in a big way scoring three times in the first half and four times in the second on their way to a lopsided 7-0 win over the Spartans.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Ben Bellandi (10) controls the ball in front of Queensbury’s Ryan?Christensen (12) during Saturday’s Foothills Council game at Patriot Field in Broadalbin. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
"This was a great win for us," Henry said. "This was the first time all season that I felt we played as a unit."
Ben Bellandi, Tucker Wilcox and A.J. Klemczak all scored two goals for B-P, while Francesco Mastrocinque also scored. The goal was the first varsity goal for Mastrocinque.
Wilcox also had three assists for the Patriots, while Bellandi, Scott Everson and Conner Phillips each had one assist.
"The guys were very unselfish today and they stayed composed," Henry said. "Our build-up was very good today."
Broadalbin-Perth got off to a slow start before scoring three times in the final 23 minutes of the first half.
Wilcox opened the scoring for the Patriots on an assist from Bellandi with 22:56 remaining in the opening half.
Bellandi and Klemczak pushed the advantage to three goals with back-to-back goals with 15:48 and 14:23 left in the first half to send B-P into the break with a 3-0 lead.
The Patriots outshot the Spartans by a 10-1 margin in the first half.
After the break, Mastrocinque got Broadalbin-Perth rolling, scoring with 23:43 left in the game.
Bellandi made it 5-0 two minutes later, sending the ball inside the left post.
Wilcox scored his second of the game with 18:04 remaining, banking a ball off a Queensbury defender and into the net for a 6-0 advantage.
Klemczak closed out the scoring on a Wilcox assist, making the final margin 7-0.
Matt Myers and Pat Brown combined to make just two saves to share the shutout win in goal for the Patriots, who extended their unbeaten streak to 26 games.
Patrick O'Mara made nine saves for Queensbury, which was outshot by a 19-4 margin.
"I'm very proud of them," Henry said. "We played well and this is certainly the kind of result we're capable of."
Broadalbin-Perth (3-0-1 overall, 1-0-1 Foothills) will host Johnstown on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Queensbury (0-4 overall, 0-2 Foothills) will host Gloversville on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.