JOHNSTOWN - After suffering its first Foothills Council loss since 2011 on Thursday at Queensbury, the Johnstown field hockey team needed to wait just two days for their shot at redemption.
The Lady Bills got their revenge posting a 2-0 win over the Spartans on the turf at Knox Field on Saturday.
"This year has been all about learning from our mistakes," Johnstown coach Tracy Ringer said. "We took a hard look at things after Thursday's game, and we really wanted to come out and redeem ourselves today."
Johnstown’s Hope Cerasuolo, left, battles Queensbury’s Mallory Perry for the ball during Saturday’s Foothills Council field hockey game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Hope Cerasuolo scored both goals for Johnstown, finding the back of the cage once in each half as the Lady Bills avenged Thursday's 2-1 loss at Queensbury.
"Johnstown capitalized on some opportunities," Queensbury coach Jaime Robinson said.
After losing on the grass at Queensbury, the Lady Bills were back on their home turf - literally - and happy to be there.
"When you play on turf, it gives you the ability to show off your skills more than on grass," Ringer said. "We were able to control the field better today than we were on Thursday."
Robinson agreed with her Johnstown counterpart.
"It's a different game on the turf," she said. "Johnstown plays their game well."
The Lady Bills controlled the action for the majority of both halves, outshooting the Spartans 8-2 in the first half and 11-1 in the second half.
Cerasuolo put Johnstown on the board with 10:24 remaining in the first half, scoring on an assist from Emily Havlicek on a penalty corner. The Lady Bills finished with a 7-1 advantage in corners in the first half and an 8-1 edge in the second half.
"I'm proud of how the girls played today," Ringer said. "We controlled the tempo and controlled the possession all game long. Our defense did a great job as well."
Johnstown defenders Alexis Livingstone, Morgan Coons and Breanna VanValkenburgh allowed just three shots by Queensbury, while goalie Kristin Wright made just one save to earn the shutout win in goal.
It was the eighth shutout of the season for the Lady Bills.
In the second half, Cerasuolo scored on insurance goal for Johnstown just 3:20 into the second half.
Cerasuolo tucked a rebound just inside the right post to make it 2-0 in favor of the Lady Bills.
From there, Johnstown limited the Spartans to just one second-half shot to seal the victory.
"We played hard and left everything on the field," Robinson said. "I don't think this was an easy win for [Johnstown]."
Christina Galatioto made seven saves in the first half for Queensbury, while Lauren Delor made eight stops in the second half.
"We want to have the best possible seed going into sectionals. We want to finish the season strong," Ringer said. "It's always been our mission to win every game we play. We wanted to send a loud and clear statement."
Johnstown (9-4 overall, 8-1 Foothills) will host Gloversville on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before hosting Glens Falls on Thursday at 5 p.m.
"They're two of our bigger rivals, and we want to come out and take care of business against them," Ringer said.
Queensbury (6-5 overall, 5-4 Foothills) will host Glens Falls on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
"I think we hung with them, but we were hoping for a different outcome," Robinson said. "Hopefully, we'll get to see them again in sectionals."