JOHNSTOWN - Facing league-leading and undefeated South Glens Falls, the Johnstown girls soccer team took a page out of the boys team's playbook.
The Sir Bills took South Glens Falls to overtime earlier this season before losing 2-1, using a defensive strategy to do so.
The Lady Bills did the same Monday, losing 2-1 to the Bulldogs at Johnstown High School.
South?Glens Falls’ Shannon?Curley, right, stumbles after colliding with Johnstown’s Morganne Dick (2) during Monday’s Foothills Council game at Johnstown High?School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
"South Glens Falls is one of the top teams in the Foothills," Johnstown coach Colleen Froschauer said. "We want to make it competitive in the Foothills. We don't want to make it easy on anyone."
In the first half, the Lady Bills kept South Glens Falls off the board from the majority of the first half before Paige Howk scored in the final three minutes to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
"We went defensive in the first half," Froschauer said. "In the second half, we switched back to a regular formation and got a couple of opportunities."
In the second half, South Glens Falls continued to pressure the Johnstown defense, but defenders Sara Kosowicz, Diana Horning, Abby Bobbette and Kayla Groesbeck help keep the Bulldogs' offense in check.
"We didn't play a very good game," South Glens Falls coach Stephen Philo said. "Give [Johnstown] all the credit in the world though. They took it to us and it was a close game as a result."
Johnstown netminder Ellen Praught did her part, as well, finishing the game with 20 saves.
"[Johnstown] went hard to every ball in the second half," Philo said. "They gave us a battle."
South Glens Falls finished with a 30-8 edge in the shot count, but found the back of the net just twice against the Lady Bills.
"We had plenty of shots, but we weren't able to finish," Philo said. "We need to do a better job of that."
Despite the Lady Bills' best efforts, South Glens Falls added to its advantage when Sam Blizzard scored on an assist from Howk to make it 2-0.
Johnstown got one goal back with 13 minutes to play when Diana Horning scored to make it 2-1.
"We gave them a run for their money," Froschauer said. "It says a lot about the work we put in. The girls have been giving it their all. I'm proud of their effort so far this season."
Amy Jagareski made five saves for South Glens Falls, which defeated Queensbury 4-3 in its last outing, a game that was televised by Time Warner Cable Sports last Thursday.
"Sure, we had a little letdown after playing Queensbury on television, but this is the Foothills Council and you've got to play hard every game," Philo said.
Johnstown (2-3 overall, 2-2 Foothills) will host Queensbury on Thursday at 4:15 p.m., while South Glens Falls (6-0 overall, 4-0 Foothills) will travel to Broadalbin-Perth on Thursday for a 7 p.m. contest.