GLOVERSVILLE - The Johnstown Lady Bills were harassing Gloversville goalkeeper Alexis Capasso for all of Monday night's Foothills Council girls' soccer game.
And although it took almost 70 minutes, Johnstown finally got one past her. They Lady Bills added a quick goal immediately after on their way to a 2-0 win.
"They played their hearts out tonight," Johnstown coach Colleen Froschauer said. "They gave 110 percent for a full 80 minutes. This is a game they get excited and pumped up for, their rival, and they went out there and played within themselves. They played a good game of soccer and came out with the win."
Johnstown’s Morganne Dick battles with Gloversville’s Amanda Cabrera Case for possession during Monday’s Foothills Council game in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
While the Lady Bills (1-2-0 overall, 1-1-0 Foothills Council) took shots on the goal all night, it took a mistake from the Lady Dragons to set up their first score.
With about 11 minutes remaining in the game, Johnstown's Diana Horning took a direct kick from about 25 yards away. She tucked her shot between Capasso's outstretched hand and the cross bar and into the back of the net for a 1-0 Johnstown lead.
"They were just pounding away and pounding away," Froschauer said. "Eventually it was going to come. They were patient. They played with what they wanted to do and we finally got one."
About a minute later, Megan Anagnostopulos banged a shot past Capasso, giving the Lady Bills their 2-0 lead.
"Momentum was going our way," Froschauer said. "We were down there working our shots. Gloversville has a great goalie. We have to give her a lot of credit. She did an awesome job tonight. She did her best and we finally got one past her."
The Johnstown offense made it a long night for Capasso in the back of the defense, but the senior goalkeeper kept the Lady Dragons (0-2-0 overall, 0-2-0 Foothills Council) in the game, often showing off her aerial ability and strong hands, and snagging the ball out of the air before it found the back of the net.
Capasso made 21 saves in the game.
"She's a stud back there," Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. "She really is. It very easily could have been 3-0 at half, but she's solid back there. We're lucky to have her. She controls the back for us. She gets a lot of balls that I don't know how she can."
While Capasso spent the entire game getting tested, Johnstown goalie Ellen Praught had an uneventful night.
Her biggest moment came in the 62nd minute when Chanel Thomas took a shot from about 25 yards away that Praught saved. That shot came immediately after her corner kick went out of bounds.
Thomas generated most of Gloversville's offense with her speed. When she had the ball, few on the field were able to catch up with her. That included her own teammates.
"That's one thing we've been working on, we have to move with her," Hallenbeck said. "A lot of times we have a tendency when she gets the ball to stand there and watch her and let her score. We need to work together. So it's a work in progress."
Gloversville will only have two days to work on things as the Lady Dragons will pay a visit to Broadalbin-Perth on Thursday. The Lady Bills will travel to Hudson Falls on Thursday in an attempt to get their second league victory.
"This gives us momentum, but the season doesn't stop right here," Froschauer said. "I just talked to them about how this is the beginning. This in one step: one win. It's not the end-all because you beat your rival. Our kids want to go out there and compete. They can come out and build on the positives."