GLOVERSVILLE - The Broadalbin-Perth girls soccer team did more than just defeat Gloversville on Wednesday night at Gloversville High School.
With the 6-0 victory over the Lady Dragons and Queensbury's 2-1 victory over South Glens Falls, Broadalbin-Perth pulled into a four-way tie for the top spot in the Foothills Council standings with Queensbury, South Glens Falls and Scotia-Glenville, all with 8-2-0 league records.
The Lady Patriots have four games remaining - Hudson Falls, South Glens Falls, Johnstown and Queensbury - with Hudson Falls and Queensbury being home matches.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Victoria Marotta (4) is challenged by Gloversville’s Emily Gifford (2) as she moves the ball upfield during Wednesday night’s Foothills Council contest at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
In the Lady Patriots' match Wednesday, they wasted little time as Carly Washburn put the initial goal of the night on the board with 70 seconds ticked off the clock.
Washburn found the back of the net again with 25:20 remaining in the opening half, and less than a minute later Kylie Gifford collected B-P's third first-half goal.
Gifford struck again with 15:45 left in the opening 40 minutes, finishing off a pass from Katie Herba to stake the Lady Patriots to a 4-0 halftime advantage. The Gloversville defense held B-P in check through the first 20 minutes of the second half; however, Herba broke through with the Lady Patriots' fifth goal with just under 20 minutes remaining in the match.
Herba struck again, bending a corner kick off the gloves of Gloversville goalkeeper Alexis Capasso with 16:20 left to play.
An outstanding defensive play by Lady Dragons' defender Emily Gifford kept a seventh B-P tally off the board. Capasso made the initial stop on a well-struck shot by Courtney Oare. The deflected shot rolled toward the right goalpost and was inches from crossing the goal line when Gifford swept the would-be goal off the line.
"Lexi made a nice play on the first shot and Emily didn't give up on the play," Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. "She tracked it back through and made a nice clear off the line."
Broadalbin-Perth finished with 12 shots on goal and eight corner kicks, while Gloversville managed two shots on net.
"We tried to possess the ball but Broadalbin had the better of the possession tonight," Hallenbeck said. "They played their game and executed their game plan. It was hard for us to because we had to play catch up all night after they scored that first goal."
Broadalbin-Perth will host Hudson Falls Friday night before taking to the road for games against South Glens Falls and Johnstown Monday and Oct. 18 respectively. The Lady Patriots will close out their regular season on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at home against Queensbury.
"Playing tonight on a grass field in cold, wet conditions I just told them to focused and disciplined," Broadalbin-Perth coach Robbie Klug said. "And they were for 80 minutes and got everybody involved. We want to finish strong, but we are still not looking at the post season we are taking it just one game at a time. Our next game is against Hudson Falls, so we will go to practice tomorrow and prepare for them."