BROADALBIN - Four days after sending South Glens Falls to its first loss of the season, the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots' offense came roaring to life from the first whistle in Monday's 7-1 Foothills Council win over the Johnstown Lady Bills.
"We knew because we've been talking about it and from talking to the other coaches that Johnstown has been playing teams very tough this year," Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug said. "They're organized and we finished off some chances, which made the game a little easier for us."
The Lady Bills (2-5-0 overall, 2-4-0 Foothills Council) had previously played South Glens Falls and suffered a 2-1 loss to a team that was undefeated at the time. However, in two games since, they have been outscored 13-1.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Kylie Gifford (7) plays the ball away from Johnstown’s Courtney Cirillo during Monday’s Foothills Council game at Patriot Field in Broadalbin. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
"We made a statement against South Glens Falls last Tuesday, but we haven't followed up with anything," Johnstown coach Colleen Froschauer said. "It's do they want this? Games like this, we're not competitive. We want to be competitive in the Foothills. This was not competitive."
The Lady Patriots (6-1-0 overall, 5-1-0 Foothills Council) grabbed the momentum in the second minute. Katie Herba sent a corner kick in from the right side and Kylie Gifford changed the path of the ball and put it past Johnstown goalkeeper Ellen Praught for a 1-0 lead.
"Any time you can score early in the game, it gives you a little bit of a sigh of relief and it makes the game just a little easier," Klug said. "The girls know not to let up and not to let it go even though we got that early one."
The Lady Patriots struck again 16 minutes later, when Herba scored her first goal of the game, stealing the ball from a Johnstown defender and tucking it into the top-left corner of the goal, out of Praught's reach.
Herba and Gifford each finished with three goals and Herba added three assists, taking part in nearly all of Broadalbin-Perth's offense. Victoria Marotta also had a goal.
"They do a good job," Klug said. "They work hard going to the ball and work hard going to the box. They scored some nice goals tonight off balls in the box. I think Kylie scored a couple just bouncing around, running hard through it. Herba got onto a couple of them, one with the header there. The girls do a good job of serving balls into them and creating chances for them to finish them off."
Praught, who was under attack all night, finished with seven saves.
"She worked hard and did her best," Froschauer said. "It's not her. There are 10 other girls out there on the field before it gets to her."
Her B-P counterpart, Rachel Orapello, made one save. Her only hiccup came in the second half when a bouncing ball got away from her with 25 minutes to play. Johnstown's Courtney Cirillo was there to corral the ball and put it in the net for the Lady Bills' only goal.
"Broadalbin played well," Froschauer said. "We didn't play our game of soccer and it showed. I'm just disappointed in their play. We're better than that."