SCOTIA - In the end, the Gloversville field hockey team left itself to big a hole to dig out of.
Scotia-Glenville scored two second-half goals in Monday's Section II Class B preliminary game on its way to a 3-1 victory.
Jade Persch scored the lone goal for the Huskies (4-13), off an assist from Alysha Chamberlain, with 15:48 remaining in the game.
Gloversville’s Jade Persch battles Scotia-Glenville’s Kayleigh Miles during Monday’s Section II Class B first-round game in Scotia. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
"We scored, but not soon enough, and not often enough," Gloversville coach Jacquie Davies said. "If they have any regrets, hopefully they left it out on the field and did everything they could. So, seniors, good luck. I told them in the huddle, now it's all about 2013 for all the returning players."
And there are expected to be plenty of returning players, as the Huskies will lose six seniors before next year's team takes the field. Both Persch and Chamberlain are seniors and will graduate with midfielder Jessica Chamberlain, Jessica Devoe and Kambry Shea.
However, in their last game, the Tartans got the jump on the Huskies early, spending most of the early action in the Gloversville's defensive backfield before finally breaking through with 6:02 remaining in the first half.
"You can't play a majority of the game on defense, and they made some mistakes," Davies said. "I asked the upperclassmen and the seniors to get it under control, and they would get it under control. Again, they were just getting pulled out of position."
Scotia-Glenville's Zoe Pervis sent a pass to Alexis Marcucci, who took the ball near the right side of the cage. She redirected Pervis' pass into the left corner of the cage, giving the Tartans a 1-0 lead.
"They were passing well and connecting their passes," Scotia-Glenville coach Lisa Snyder said. "We didn't stop as many balls as we should have but they did a much better job."
Scotia-Glenville jumped back into its offense three minutes into the second half when Marcucci assisted on the Tartans' second goal of the game. Then, about 11 minutes later, Sara Duane sent a shot rolling along the goal line that hit the far side of the cage and went into the cage for a 3-0 Scotia-Glenville lead.
"My goalie [Bailey Pieniazek] is only a sophomore," Davies said. "She sometimes gets a little nervous and the kids want to protect her. That's when they don't mark. They're physically helping out in the goal instead of getting out to the girl who's going to potentially take the shot."
Persch and Chamberlain answered the goal immediately, but despite having the ball in the Scotia-Glenville defense several times in the last few minutes, they couldn't convert the opportunities.
"We have a very strong defense," Snyder said. "They play very well, communicate very well and they communicate with each other very well. I'm real happy with the way they played. They just got caught off balance with that run."
While the Huskies are looking toward 2013, the Tartans are looking toward Wednesday's game with top-seeded Johnstown, set for 5 p.m. at Knox Field.
The two teams played each other Friday, a game Johnstown won 2-0 due to two late goals by Ashley Dona.
"They're starting to believe they can do it," Snyder said. "They have no reservations. They know how to play and they play well on turf. It's a beautiful thing."