STILLWATER - Two days after knocking second-seeded and undefeated Catholic Central out of the Section II Class B girls soccer tournament, third-seeded Broadalbin-Perth returned to the field at Stillwater High School. This time it was against the unbeaten defending state champion and top-ranked Schalmont Sabres.
The Lady Patriots threatened to post their second upset early in the match, but a quick goal off a deflected shot and a strong six-minute first-half surge proved to be enough as Schalmont defeated Broadalbin-Perth 4-0 sending the Lady Patriots to their second straight Class B runner-up finish.
"We were saying we didn't want to worry about them, we wanted them to worry about us and take the game to them," Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug said. "At times we pressured them and we were unlucky on a couple of plays that could have changed the game. We held our own in the first 10 minutes and got some corner kicks but were unlucky. Then they come down and luck went their way a couple of times to get us behind."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Carly Washburn (3) battles with Schalmont’s Nicolette Cutitta (17) for possession of the ball during first-half action in the Section II Class B championship game Saturday at Stillwater High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Schalmont goalkeeper Gabrielle Juers covers the ball in front of Broadalbin-Perth’s Victoria Marotta off a corner kick during second-half action in the Section II Class B championship game Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Lady Patriots (17-4-0) opened Saturday's championship match on the attack forcing the Sabres defenders to scramble and received two early corner kicks.
Katie Herba put the ball in play both times but the Schalmont back line withstood the pressure to clear the ball out of danger.
Unlike last year's championship match where B-P held the Sabres scoreless through opening 40 minutes, Schalmont got a break in the second minute.
Class A Championship
Burnt Hills 3, Scotia-Glenville 0
Class B Championship
Schalmont 4, Broadalbin-Perth 0
Class AA Semifinals
Bethlehem 0, Niskayuna 0 (Bethlehem advances on penalty kick, 5-4)
Guilderland 1, Shaker 0
With the ball deep in the Patriots defensive zone, Diana DiCocco hit a hard shot the ricocheted off a BP defender and into the goal for a quick 1-0 advantage.
The Lady Patriots, who have posted 68 goals this season went to work to get the equalizer but was stymied by a Schalmont defense that has posted 17 shutouts and allowed only three goals so far this season.
Schalmont surged forward on offense and got its second goal when DiCocco received a long pass out of the midfield and out raced B-P goalkeeper Rachel Orapello to the ball, made a quick move to her right before finishing the play for a 2-0 advantage with 28:28 left in the half.
"That is the funny thing about soccer," Klug said. "The first two chances they got they scored. I felt we were unlucky on both of them."
It took 10 minutes for the Sabres to extend their lead as Allie Gallo headed home a cross from Rachel Gac for a 3-0 halftime advantage.
The Lady Patriots defense, which recorded 13 shutouts this season, kept the Sabres' strikers in check for the majority of the second half.
Schalmont finished its scoring with 16:51 remaining when Gac struck a 30-yard direct kick on a line drive into the right upper corner of the goal to cap off the 4-0 victory.
Schalmont finished the match with 10 shots on goal, while the Lady Patriots had eight and Broadalbin-Perth held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
After receiving the runner-up plaque, coach Klug said he was not surprised that the team made a second-straight appearance in the championship game.
"With a lot of girls returning and the effort they put in during the off season, I thought it was an insight into getting back here only with a different result when we got here this year," he said. "I am very proud of the way they fought and worked hard all year. They are a great group of kids. Not only are they good soccer players but they are great beyond that."