GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville field hockey team did not have many opportunities against Queensbury Tuesday, but when they did, the Huskies made the most of them.
Queensbury dominated the time of possession in the match and out shot the Huskies 21-4 but had to rally late in the match to knock in the game-winner for the 2-1 Foothills Council victory.
"We continue to improve and our games are getting tighter," Gloversville coach Jacquie Davies said. "Again we only have a couple of subs this season and that does show sometimes late in the games."
Gloversville's Jade Persch (4) lifts a shot on goal while under pressure from Queensbury's Maddie Nelson (15) and Carlee Moon (14) during Tuesday's Foothills Council match at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Gloversville (0-3 overall, 0-2 Foothills) dropped its season-opener 8-0 to Glens Falls and came up on the short end of a 2-0 non-league loss to Ichabod Crane on Saturday.
The Spartans pinned Gloversville in a defensive posture early in the match. The consistent pressure resulted in multiple penalty corners but Queensbury could not capitalize on the chances until the 14th minute of the match.
Maddie Nelson pushed the ball into play to Christie Raymond who finished the play for a 1-0 advantage with 16:56 left in the opening half.
The Spartans kept the pressure on but the Gloversville defense, led by Kacie Handy and goalkeeper Bailey Pieniazek, could not put another tally in the books.
Gloversville's initial trip into the Spartans defensive zone came with just under four minutes left in the half.
Jade Persch put the Huskies initial attempt on goal, which sailed wide, with 2:40 left on the clock. Gloversville kept the pressure on, earning a penalty corner from the left side of the cage.
Alysha Chamberlain put the ball in play to Persch and was in position to receive Persch's return pass and finish the play to send the match into halftime deadlocked at one apiece.
The Huskies carried the momentum over into the early minutes of the second half putting together combinations to move the ball into the arc, resulting in a penalty corner and opportunities from Persch and Handy who moved forward from her first-half defensive position.
The Queensbury defense held and keyed the return of the momentum to the Spartans side.
Queensbury built its attack on the Gloversville defense and capitalized on a penalty corner from the right side when Olivia Paolano pushed an inbound pass from Samantha Ballard under the pads of Pieniazek for the go-ahead goal with 11:08 left to play.
The Spartans kept the pressure on the Huskies' defense and had an opportunity to add an insurance goal thwarted by Pieniazek when she stopped a penalty stroke by Ballard in the final minute to keep the final score at 2-1.
For the match, Queensbury out shot Gloversville 21-4 and held a 16-3 edge in penalty corners. Pieniazek made 14 saves for the Huskies, while her counterpart, Christina Galatioto, had three.
"When we repeat mistakes and we get corners called on us repeatedly it doesn't help," Davies said. "It is not for lack of trying. This is the first time we have played on our field and we just got beat down on the long grass."
Gloversville will return to the field Saturday night for a Foothills Council match against intercity rival Johnstown Saturday night at 7 p.m.