GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville girls soccer team dominated play in the first 40 minutes of play against Amsterdam Monday night and carried a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
The cool autumn night weather and a short roster seemed to take its toll as the Lady Rams wore down Gloversville to score a trio of late-game goals to claim the 3-1 non-league victory.
"It was a little bit of both - we got tired and Amsterdam picked it up," Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. "We haven't played a complete 80 minutes of soccer all season."
Gloversville’s Dayna Peck (13) and Amsterdam’s Catie Fedullo (12) battle for the control of the ball as the Lady Dragons’ Kiersten Geddes (9) closes in on the play during non-league action Monday night at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The first half saw Gloversville utilize its speed on the frontline by sending long balls over top of a pulled up Lady Rams defense.
Just over 10 minutes into the match, Chanel Thomas ran onto a long pass out of her midfield and sprinted unguarded with the ball into the penalty area. Thomas pushed the ball past attacking goalkeeper Cassie Robataille toward the left post, recovered the pass and finished the play for a 1-0 advantage.
The play sparked her Lady Dragons teammates as the squad collectively picked up its intensity of play, especially on defense.
With senior goalkeeper Alexis Capasso backing up the plays, the Gloversville backline was able to attack the Amsterdam shooters and not give its front line unchallenged shots or good angles in the attempts it did make.
At the end of the opening 40 minutes of play, Gloversville held a 1-0 edge on the scoreboard and had a pair of corner kicks, while being whistled for offsides three times. Amsterdam was held to six shots on net with no corner kicks or off sides.
As dominant as Gloversville was in the first half, Amsterdam was in the second.
Monica Rouse put the Lady Rams' first solid shot in the second half on net off a direct kick that Capasso knocked away for a corner kick just over six minutes into the half.
Capasso again came up big when she dove in front of a point-blank shot by Michaela Kilgallen.
The Lady Rams' pressure paid off with 11:50 to play when Rouse put a direct kick in front of the goal and Kilgallen finished the play for the equalizer.
The Lady Rams kept the pressure on and again scored off a set piece when Kilgallen headed home the go-ahead goal with 5:41 left in regulation.
Diana Constantine added an insurance goal with her well-struck shot from the right side of the penalty area in the closing minute to put the final score at 3-1.
"They just gelled better in the second half and we decided to come to the field and play," Amsterdam coach Deanna Alex said. "Also coach Hallenbeck only had one sub and eventually that played a role, too."
For the match, Amsterdam outshot the Lady Dragons 21-10 with the majority of their shots coming in the second half. Capasso finished with 12 saves, while Robataille collected seven. Gloversville held the edge in corner kicks, 3-1.
"We talked at halftime how we had to push ourselves but Amsterdam dominated the second half and it was only a matter of time before they scored," Hallenbeck said. "Their second goal was a nice goal, so we started pushing up but they had the numbers in the back and that led to their third goal. We will take the positives out of the first half and work on correcting the mistakes of the second half."
Gloversville (1-10 overall) returns to Foothills Council play Wednesday at home against Broadalbin-Perth at 7 p.m. and Amsterdam (5-6-1 overall) returns to Big 10 Conference play 4:30 p.m. Thursday with a home match against Troy.