JOHNSTOWN - The Scotia-Glenville Tartans overcame a dominant performance by Johnstown goalkeeper Andy Camarra to edge the Sir Bills 1-0 on a bright, cloudless afternoon at Johnstown High School on Monday.
The Tartans (5-3 overall, 4-2 league) outshot the Johnstown Sir Bills (0-6-1 overall, 0-5 league) 19-3, but could only find the back of the net once in a game that saw Scotia-Glenville dominate the second half offensively.
"Both teams played hard and it could have gone either way,"?Johnstown coach Mike Hill said. "It was a great game to watch."
Johnstown’s Joe Henderson, left, battles Scotia-Glenville’s Peter Marola for possession during Monday’s Foothills Council boys soccer contest at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
The first half of action was evenly played with both teams struggling to possess the ball for long stretches of time. Johnstown, however, couldn't get any solid shots off against Adam Ashcroft and the Tartan defense. The Sir Bills took just two shots in the half, a trend that would prove frustrating all game long.
One of those shots was a booming kick off the foot of Nick Salatel with 11 minutes remaining in the half. Ashcroft leaped to block the ball over the crossbar. On the ensuing corner kick, Johnstown crossed the ball into the box where Salatel was waiting but missed on a header that fell harmlessly out of bounds.
Scotia-Glenville's best chance of the half came with six minutes remaining when Owen Fingar crushed a ball on goal that deflected off a Sir Bill toward the upper right corner of the goal. Camarra made an outstretched grab to keep the match scoreless.
The Tartans' shooting was accurate all game on Monday. Camarra made six saves in the half on seven shots by Scotia-Glenville.
The Tartans attacked the Johnstown defense early and often in the second half. Ian Flaherty made a run at the goal on Scotia-Glenville's first trip down the field, but was turned away by a charging Jon Heroth at the last second. Camarra made his second diving save of the match a few minutes later.
Elijah Hill shot a ball wide of the goal with 26 minutes remaining in the game; it was the only shot on goal for Johnstown in the second half.
Two minutes later, Fingar was awarded a direct free kick after a foul was called on the Sir Bills just beyond the penalty box. Fingar found the back of the net for the eventual game-winning goal, his seventh of the season. Camarra had made an athletic kick save of a Fingar shot just one minute prior.
The Sir Bills couldn't get into an offensive rhythm the rest of the way and struggled to get the ball to their offensive side of the field. The result was a lot of action for Camarra, who stopped nine balls in the half.
Scotia-Glenville outshot Johnstown 12-1 in the second half. Camarra made 15 saves in the game, while Ashcroft tallied one save for Scotia-Glenville.
The Sir Bills, still in search of their first win of 2013, travel to Queensbury on Thursday to take on the Spartans at 4:30 p.m. Johnstown will be looking to avenge an earlier 2-0 loss.