BROADALBIN - Creating scoring opportunities was not a problem for the Broadalbin-Perth girls soccer team. Finishing them was.
The third-seeded Lady Patriots took 25 shots on goal, but only one went in.
However, that was all they needed as B-P defeated No. 14 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Section II Class B tournament
Broadalbin-Perth’s Kylie Gifford (7) collides with Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk goalkeeper Teller Wood during second half action in the Section II Class B opening round game Friday night at Patriot Field. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"That is the game sometimes," Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug said. "If we finished a couple off, it would have made the game a lot easier. They played us tough and cleared a couple shots off the line and their goalie [Teller Wood] made some nice saves. We'll take the win, though, and move on."
Broadalbin-Perth strikers Kylie Gifford and Katie Herba consistently broke in behind the Lady Indians' defense only to be denied goals by Wood.
Herba broke the scoreless tie with 19:53 left in the opening half when she sent a cross from Carly Washburn past Wood into the back of the net for the 1-0 advantage.
The Lady Patriots changed their attack from the traditional possession game to lofting the ball out of the midfield over the flat-four defense, allowing their strikers to run to the ball.
Again, Wood was up to the task as she charged off her line to clear or stop the ball near the top of the box.
"We talk about different things that could happen on the field and I hope they saw something that made them think they could put a couple in early," Klug said of the style change. "If we could have finished off a couple of them, it would have been nice."
The Lady Patriots went back to their possession game and worked the ball deep into the Lady Indians defensive zone.
Michaela Hills found herself on a one-on-one breakaway with Wood early in the second half. The sophomore charged off her line and forced Hills to adjust her shot and push it just wide of the left post.
Moments later, Wood again came up with a pair of big saves as she knocked away two point-blank attempts by Gifford to keep the score at 1-0.
The Lady Indians strongest offensive surge of the match came in the closing minutes when a long ball out of the midfield reached the penalty area where Rachel Orapello waited to pick up the ball as a pair of RCS players closed in.
Wood finished with 19 saves on 25 B-P shots on goal, while Orapello had no saves as the Lady Indians did not record a shot on net.
"Teller played the best game I have ever seen her play and she still has a couple more years to play," RCS coach Danielle Wolfe said. "We had a rough start to the season, but every day they worked hard and every day they improved and that is all I can ask of them. They [Broadalbin-Perth] are a great team and they were fast. Fortunately we were fast, too."
Broadalbin-Perth will play No. 11 Schuylerville at 5 p.m. today at Patriot Field. The game was originally scheduled to be played Monday but was changed due to impending bad weather. Schuylerville advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-2 upset victory over sixth-seeded Emma Willard.
"I have not seen them play but any game in sectionals is tough," Klug said of Schuylerville. "Sometimes the early rounds are the toughest ones because the teams come out and have nothing to lose. We have to turn right around, take care of our bodies and be ready to go [tonight]."