By MIKE ZUMMO
BROADALBIN - Rachel Orapello faced one of her biggest tests Thursday night in her first season as goalkeeper for the Broadalbin-Perth girls' soccer team.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Kylie Gifford tries to maneuver the ball around South Glens Falls’ Kayla Lingel as the Lady Patriots’ Carly Washburn looks on during Thursday’s Foothills Council game at Patriot Field in Broadalbin. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
Johnstown’s Jordyn Hale (1) heads the ball as teammates Kendra McCoy (4) and Courtney Cirillo (14) move into position during Foothills Council action Thursday afternoon at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Gloversville’s Kiersten Gerdes (9) clears the ball away from Scotia-Glenville’s Micaela O’Mara (21) during Thursday’s Foothills Council match at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
She passed it with flying colors as she made many key saves in the Lady Patriots' 1-0 win over South Glens Falls at Patriot Field.
"It means everything," Orapello said. "We've been preparing for this game. We knew they were coming in hot and they were going to come in and attack us. We were ready for it."
The win creates a tie for second-place in the Foothills Council standings between the Lady Patriots and Lady Bulldogs. Scotia-Glenville is undefeated at 5-0-0 in the league after Thursday's 7-0 win over Gloversville.
"It's a long season still, but it gives us a little bit of confidence to say we can compete with better teams that are up there battling for first in the league and teams in the As that are fighting for sectional titles all the time," Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug said. "It gives us some confidence that 'hey, we can play there.'"
Both teams had plenty of chances to put a shot in the back of the net during active play, but it was a stoppage that got the lone score of the game eight minutes into the second half when Victoria Marotta tucked a direct kick from about 40 yards out into the top-right corner of the goal over the hands of South Glens Falls goalkeeper Amy Jagareski for a 1-0 lead.
"She hit a heck of a ball to the upper 90," Klug said. "I was very pleased that after all her hard work, she got one in there tonight."
Both before and after, Orapello and the defense kept the Lady Bulldogs (6-1-0 overall, 4-1-0 Foothills Council) off the scoreboard.
About 15 minutes into the game, Orapello dove in front of a pass across the box to stop an offensive attack and she made one of her best stop in the 20th minute when South Glens Falls' Sami Hubinsky broke free of the defense and started taking the ball to the goal herself.
Orapello came out of the net and dove on the ball before Hubinsky could get off a shot.
"Rachel's a very athletic kid," Klug said. "This is actually her first year playing in the goal. She's a basketball player, very athletic. She did a great job coming off the line. She came up with some big, not just saves but also cutting down those crosses that could be dangerous."
She almost created a dangerous situation of her own in the final minute of the first half when she almost lost a bouncing ball that came her way.
"It hit my head and then I recovered and picked it up," Orapello said.
The Lady Bulldogs also got past Orapello seven minutes into the second half, but the Lady Patriots' defense picked it up and cleared the ball out of the 18-yard box.
A minute later, Marotta put the Patriots on top.
"I felt like everything we put toward this game paid off when we actually scored and got the goal," Orapello said.
The Lady Patriots will host Johnstown at 7 p.m. Monday.
"I thought the girls played with a lot of energy and effort," Klug said. "They were disciplined and focused and I thought it was a good result. They fought hard and it wasn't always the prettiest soccer, we knew going into the game that it was going to be a dogfight to see who could get that one or two goal to put the game away."
JOHNSTOWN -Queensbury freshman Brittany LaPlant connected for a pair of goals as the Lady Spartans defeated Johnstown Thursday afternoon at Johnstown High School.
Courtney Cirillo accounted for the Lady Bills' lone goal as Johnstown was out shot 20-8 in the match.
Taylor Clarke, Michaela O'Mara, Catherine Hand and Colleen Rice joined LaPlant with goals for Queensbury (4-2-0 overall, 2-2-0 Foothills).
Johnstown falls to 2-4-0 overall and 2-3-0 against Foothills Council competition.
Scotia-Glenville 7, Gloversville 0
GLOVERSVILLE - The league-leading and undefeated Lady Tartans' Sophie Constantino collected two goals and two assists to help her team run their early season win streak to five games.
Max Culhane had two assists and a goal for Scotia-Glenville, while Grace Marola had a goal and an assist. Alaina Adams, Morgan Bailey and Abby O'Connor round out the scorers for the Lady Tartans.
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 2, Fonda-Fultonville 1 (OT)
RAVENA - Kimberly Bianchi delivered the game-winning goal in the second overtime period to lift Ravena to the league victory.
Cassandra Egelson accounted for the Lady Braves' goal, while Fonda-Fultonville goalkeeper Ashley Hulbert recorded 14 stops in net.
Lizzie Noyes picked up the Lady Indians' goal in regulation and Teller Wood made five saves in goal.