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Lady Bills blank Gloversville, 5-0

October 10, 2012
By PAUL WAGER ( , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - With the postseason rapidly approaching, the Johnstown field hockey team continued to roll along Tuesday.

The Lady Bills extended their win streak to 11 games with a 5-0 win over Gloversville in a Foothills Council game at Knox Field.

"Overall, I'm happy to put another W in the win column," Johnstown coach Tracy Ringer said. "We're going to keep working, though."

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Johnstown’s Alexis Livingstone, right, dribbles past Gloversville’s Sarah Lebel, left, during Tuesday’s Foothills Council field hockey game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Since losing its opening game to defending Section II Class A champion Shenendehowa 1-0 in overtime, Johnstown has won its last 11 games by a combined score of 61-3.

In those contests, Johnstown has posted eight shutouts.

The latest victory came Tuesday in convincing fashion over the Huskies.

The Lady Bills scored three times in the first half and twice in the second on their way to the 5-0 victory.

"We just made some fundamental mistakes that you can't make against a team as good as Johnstown," Gloversville coach Jacquie Davies said. "They made us pay for them."

Ashley Dona, who played for Gloversville through her sophomore year, finished with three goals and an assist for Johnstown, pushing her season totals to 28 goals and six assists.

Alexis Swatt and Emma Heroth also scored for the Lady Bills, while Alexis Livingstone, Kelsi Barnholt and Hope Cerasuolo each had an assist.

Swatt opened the scoring for Johnstown just 4:30 into the game on an assist from Livingstone.

Dona made it 2-0 with 12:56 left in the first half, with an unassisted goal.

Heroth capped the first-half scoring with a goal that came on a double assist by Cerasuolo and Dona.

"We had bursts of perfection today," Ringer said. "We're still practicing to extend those bursts beyond just a few minutes at a time, though."

Johnstown finished the first half with a 14-0 edge in shots and a 10-0 edge in penalty corners.

In the second half, the Lady Bills picked up where they left off, outshooting Gloversville 16-1 and posting a 10-0 edge in corners.

Dona opened the second-half scoring for Johnstown, putting home her own rebound with 24:31 left in the half to make it 4-0.

Dona also scored the game's final goal on an assist from Barnholt with 11:48 to play.

"In the second half, we gave up two goals, but Johnstown had to work a little harder for them," Davies said. "We tightened the defense up and were a little more aggressive in the second half."

With its latest shutout, Johnstown has not allowed a goal in its last four games, outscoring the opposition 26-0.

Even though her team has been piling up wins, Ringer said her team has some things to work on, including cashing in on their penalty corner opportunities.

"We didn't make the most of our opportunities on corners," she said. "We need to capitalize on those, especially going into the postseason where you might only have a few chances. We need to focus on that in our last few games of the regular season."

Alyssa Pertell made just one save to post the shutout win in goal for Johnstown. It was Pertell's eighth shutout of the season.

Pieniazek made 26 saves for Gloversville.

With the Class B seeding meeting set for Oct. 21, Davies said her team may face Johnstown once more this season.

"The way it looks, we're likely to see Johnstown again in sectionals," she said. "We've played them twice and seen everything they've got. Now, we've got some time to prepare."

Johnstown (11-1 overall, 9-0 Foothills) will travel to South Glens Falls on Thursday for a 4:15 p.m. contest before hosting Germantown on Saturday in a non-league game at 1 p.m. Gloversville (3-10 overall, 3-7 Foothills) is off until next Tuesday when it travels to Scotia-Glenville for a 4:15 p.m. game.



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