By JAMES A. ELLIS
GLOVERSVILLE -After back-to-back losses to Scotia-Glenville, the Broadalbin-Perth boys soccer team was itching to find its way back into the win column.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Justin Marek (13) and Gloversville’s Vinnie Scott (2) battle for the ball during Saturday’s Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School.
The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis
Saturday night, the refocused Patriots traveled to Gloversville to take on the Dragons under the lights at Gloversville High School.
Despite tricky field conditions due to a late afternoon rainstorm, the Patriots adjusted and came away with a 5-0 Foothills Council victory.
"Obviously, we were disappointed with the losses we had earlier in the week," Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry said. "It was important that we got out early and establish the possession. We know we can play and put a few balls in the back of the net and they did that very successfully tonight. Those Scotia games were great for us mentally, Physically, we got beat up a little bit and we had some kids out sick, but the guys were itching to get out here with a full, healthy squad."
The Dragons (0-6 overall, 0-5 Foothills) contained the Broadalbin-Perth (6-2-1 overall, 4-1-1 Foothills) attack until the 13th minute of the game when Logan Ackley fired a 25-yard line drive off the hands of Gloversville goalkeeper Nick Cirillo for a 1-0 advantage.
Just more than four minutes later, Tucker Wilcox beat his defender and finished with a close-range shot to open the lead to 2-0.
Ben Bellandi closed out the first-half scoring for B-P, finishing a loose ball in the penalty area to extend the Patriots advantage to 3-0.
"The slick conditions change the dynamics of the way we play and stuff," Henry said. "But frankly, we did a really nice job controlling the ball today. Initially the ball was getting away from us because we were playing it in the air. Once we put the ball on the floor and knocked it around successfully, we started making them chase us."
Gloversville picked up its intensity of play in the second half and began moving the ball in the midfield only to be held just out of striking distance by a solid Broadalbin-Perth defense.
"We got outhustled and outmatched the first half," Gloversville coach Paul Ligon said. "Basically, what we told them at halftime was we needed to pick up the intensity and in the second half that is what we were looking for. Overall, I thought we gave them a little too much respect and they had too many open spaces on the field. They deserve respect but we gave them too much."
Wilcox collected his second goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half and Francesco Mastrocinque delivered a shot into the back of the net for a 5-0 lead with 16:30 remaining.
Gloversville's best scoring attempt of the came with 11:10 left in the game when Thomas Kirk struck a hard shot that second-half Patriots' goalkeeper Pat Brown punched away for a corner kick, which the B-P defense cleared away.
"I thought Adam Sleezer at sweeper and Mike Briecno did a good job containing Tucker Wilcox," Ligon said. "Broadalbin was well organized, possessed the ball tonight to totally dominated every phase of the game."
Gloversville will travel to play Johnstown (3-3-0 overall, 1-3-0 Foothills) Tuesday at 7 p.m. Broadalbin-Perth will be off until Thursday when it opens the second half of the Foothills Council schedule at home against South Glens Falls.