BROADALBIN - The Broadalbin-Perth girls' soccer team came into Thursday night's game looking to get back on track after suffering their first loss of the season.
They did just that.
Katie Herba scored two goals and assisted on one other as the Lady Patriots shut out the Gloversville Lady Dragons, 5-0, at Patriot Field.
Gloversville goalkeeper Alexis Capasso goes up for the ball on a corner kick as Broadalbin-Perth’s Kathleen Rebis (20) and Kelsie Dingman (11) look to make a play on it along with Gloversville’s Emma Botch and Emily Gifford. Capasso was injured on the play.
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"It was a tough loss against Scotia but we knew we had to pick it up and play well," Herba said.
Herba had one of the earliest opportunities for the Lady Patriots (3-1-0 overall, 2-1-0 Foothills Council), but her shot in the ninth minute led to a goal by teammate Kylie Gifford. Herba's shot bounced off Gloversville goalkeeper Alexis Capasso, who made eight saves and Gifford was there to clean it up, redirecting it past Capasso for a 1-0 lead.
"You just have to keep trying to get to the ball first," Herba said. "That way you can get control over it so you can pass it to each other."
The Lady Patriots did that in the 21st minute. Gifford took the ball down the field, but her advance was stopped by the Gloversville defense. However, the ball found its way to Broadalbin-Perth's Carly Washburn, who crossed it to Herba, who finished the play for a 2-0 advantage.
Victoria Marotta added a goal a minute later when she corralled a loose ball and banged it past Capasso for a 3-0 lead.
"I thought the girls came out well," Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug said. "We had a good two days of practice and we talked about a lot of things we needed to improve upon from our game against Scotia on Monday and they came out and executed tonight. They created a lot of good chances and finished off some good chances as well."
Already trailing in the game, things got worse for the Lady Dragons (0-3-0 overall, 0-3-0 Foothills Council) with 8:57 left in the first half.
Herba sent a corner kick in from the left side that Capasso jumped to catch in traffic. She gained control of the ball, but she injured her knee on the play and left the game. She had to be assisted off the field.
"I have my fingers crossed," Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. "Obviously, I don't want anyone to get hurt, but in my opinion, she's probably the best goalie in the league. Hopefully it's nothing serious and she has a speedy recovery."
Without a backup keeper on the roster, Dominique Capano took over in net for the rest of the first half and about half of the second. She gave up a goal in the 39th minute on a direct kick by Marotta.
In the 54th minute, Herba added her second goal of the game, giving Broadalbin-Perth a 5-0 lead.
"We talked about trying to lock teams in and I thought we did a good job on that," Klug said. "Then getting the balls in the box and created a lot of good chances. I thought their goalie in the first half had a lot of good saves and played a heck of a game until she got hurt."
Emily VanNostrand finished the game in net for the Lady Dragons.
"They're not goalies," Hallenbeck said. "Dominique Capano had no reservation about volunteering and going into the goal. She did a great job. For never playing goalie, she did well. She didn't hurt us. I appreciate them going into the goal for the benefit of the team. We just have to figure out what we're going to do from here."
Broadalbin-Perth's first-half goalkeeper Rachel Orapello had an easy half as her services were not called upon in the game's first 40 minutes. Mackenzie Young, who played the second half in goal, made two saves in the game's final minutes.
"We generated a little bit of offense," Hallenbeck said. "I think it all comes because we settled down and tried to possess the ball. Good things happen when we possess. I think our second half was definitely a lot better than our first."