GLOVERSVILLE - After dropping its season opener to defending Section II Class A champion Shenendehowa, the Johnstown field hockey team has been on a roll.
In its last three contests, the Lady Bills have outscored the opposition 16-0 on their way to three straight wins.
The latest Johnstown win came Saturday in a 6-0 victory over Foothills Council rival Gloversville.
Johnstown’s Emma Heroth (16) pushes the ball past Gloversville’s Kambry Shea during Saturday’s Foothills Council game. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
The Lady Bills got off to a slow start, scoring just once in the first half before erupting for five second-half goals on their way to the win.
"The transition from turf to grass is tough. It took us a while to get used to it," Johnstown coach Tracy Ringer said. "We finished great in the second half though."
Ashley Dona scored all three of her goals in the second half for Johnstown, while Alexis Swatt scored twice. Emma Heroth registered a goal and an assist for the Lady Bills, while Hope Cerasuolo had two assists for Johnstown.
"Hope [Cerasuolo] transitioned the ball beautifully down the sideline for us," Ringer said. "Alexis [Swatt] and Ashley [Dona] also played well tonight."
Since their 1-0 loss to Shenendehowa, Johnstown has smothered its opposition, reeling off three straight wins, allowing just one shot and only three penalty corners in its last three contests.
Gloversville didn't muster a shot or a penalty corner Saturday, while Johnstown piled up 30 shots and 21 corners against the Huskies.
"Johnstown is a good team," Gloversville coach Jacquie Davies said. "They put pressure on our defense all night."
In the first half, the Lady Bills had 12 shots and 12 penalty corners, but managed just one goal to take a 1-0 lead into the break.
Swatt scored the lone first-half goal for Johnstown on an assist from Heroth with 10:25 left in the half.
"We did a good job in the first half," Davies said.
In the second half, the Lady Bills got rolling quickly, scoring just 1:04 into the second half when Heroth found the back of the cage on an assist from Swatt on the first shot.
Dona scored her first of the game with 15:55 to play on a Cerasuolo assist, pushing the Johnstown advantage to 3-0.
As she did on her first goal, Dona found a way past the Huskies' defense with 11:41 to play to make it 4-0.
"Our second and third effort inside the circle was great," Ringer said. "Gloversville stacked its defense in the circle."
Swatt gave the Lady Bills a 5-0 lead on an assist from Lindsay Brandt with 10:35 to play.
Dona finished the scoring on an assist from Cerasuolo with 4:13 remaining as Johnstown used its depth to wear down Gloversville in the second half.
"We can't counter what they do with their army of subs," Davies said. "They had people coming in and out, while we only have a few subs. We wore down in the second half and we need to fix that. When you get tired, it makes it tough. The last 15 minutes, we were just trying to hang in there."
Gloversville goalie Bailey Pieniazek made 23 saves.
Johnstown goalie Alyssa Pertell didn't need to make a save on her way to her third straight shutout.
"The girls rose above the obstacles tonight and did what they needed to do," Ringer said.
Johnstown (3-1 overall, 2-1 Foothills) will host South Glens Falls on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m., while Gloversville (1-4 overall, 1-3 Foothills) will host Scotia-Glenville on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.
"The girls are working hard and playing together," Davies said. "We're just going to try to keep improving as the year goes on."