BROADALBIN - After suffering its worst loss of the season to Queensbury and eking out a 1-0 win over Stillwater Saturday night, the Broadalbin-Perth girls soccer team returned home Monday for a Foothills Council match against Glens Falls.
Playing their third game in five days, the Lady Patriots returned to game-winning form. Powered by hat tricks from Katie Herba and Victoria Marotta, Broadalbin-Perth easily turned back Glens Falls 6-3 to stay within striking distance of the Foothills Council leaders.
"They played good Saturday night," Broadalbin-Perth coach Robbie Klug said. "The difference was today they finished off more of their chances. Saturday they created a lot of chances but were unlucky when they got inside the box and couldn't finish. We are taking it one game at a time. Now we move on to tomorrow and start focusing on Scotia."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Katie Herba (6) fires a shot on goal while under pressure from Caroline Forbes (18) and Rachel Vanderminden, right, during the first half of Monday’s Foothills Council game at Patriot Field in?Broadalbin. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Broadalbin-Perth (8-3 overall) took control of the match early and set the tone with sharp sideline to sideline passing to open the defense for shots that Glens Falls goalkeeper Hayley Flower and her defense scrambled to control.
The persistent Lady Patriot attack paid off just under 18 minutes into the match as Carly Washburn set up Herba for her first goal of the half.
Glens Falls wasted little time responding to the score as Miranda Haraughty raced up field with the ensuing kick off and centered the ball to Megan Kanofsky to finish and tie the match 12 seconds after Herba's goal.
The tie lasted 64 seconds as Marotta stepped into a misplayed clearing kick out of the Glens Falls defense and drove a 25-yard shot past Flower to put the Lady Patriots back up 2-1.
Six minutes later Herba picked up her second goal of the half. The junior standout received a throw-in from Natasha Murphy, beat her defender and fired a right-footed shot into the back of the net for a 3-1 advantage.
Herba closed out her first-half hat trick with 7:12 remaining when she drove home a long shot for a 4-1 Broadalbin-Perth halftime lead.
There were no signs of letdown after the break as it took Broadalbin-Perth 57-seconds to build its lead to 5-1.
The Lady Patriots were awarded a corner kick, which Herba put in play from the right side of the goal. Her kick found Marotta open on the far post and she finished the play for her second goal of the match.
"We talk about scoring goals off set pieces and how that will put us in position to win games," Klug said. "We always say, 'can we keep the pressure on them in the back to create mistakes and then capitalize on the mistakes?' "
Seven minutes later, Marotta completed her hat trick when she received a drop pass from Ashley Vosburgh near the top of the box and drove it into the netting for a 6-1 advantage with 32:53 left in the match.
The Lady Indians picked up a pair of second-half goals from Haraughty. The first coming on a penalty kick and the second an unassisted goal with 6:35 remaining to close out the 6-3 final score.
"It was a good effort," Glens Falls coach Tom Harrington said. "We made some mistakes, especially in the first half. We played the ball in the middle in the defensive third and the young lady said 'thank you' and scored. Down here on the corner kick the ball came in hit on the two yard line between about five black shirts [Glens Falls] and a white shirt [Broadalbin-Perth] again said 'thank you, I'll take that' and scored. Over here, a white shirt came up with the ball and the black shirt never moved. White shirt took two dribbles and put it in the back of the goal. I told them, without those three mistakes we made, we have a 3-3 game and we are still playing."
For the match, Broadalbin-Perth out shot Glens Falls 23-10 and the Lady Patriots held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Rachel Orapello and Mackenzie Young combined for seven saves in goal for B-P, while Flower pulled in 13 shots on net for Glens Falls.
"It is great to watch. That is the kind of stuff we work on in practice," Klug said of the Lady Patriots' performance. "Making the decision whether to drive or lay balls back or cross balls. Decisions are starting to come together as to what to do in the final third. The difference was tonight they were able to finish off a couple of them and Saturday night they were unlucky."
Broadalbin-Perth will host Scotia-Glenville in a key Foothills Council matchup 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Patriot Field.