JOHNSTOWN - With just three games left in the regular season, the Johnstown field hockey team looked to continue building its momentum for sectionals Tuesday.
The Lady Bills did just that, rolling to an 8-0 victory over Gloversville in a Foothills Council contest at Knox Field.
Johnstown celebrated its senior night in style, outshooting Gloversville 34-0 and finishing with a 19-0 advantage in penalty corners.
Johnstown’s Mikaela Etherton, right, battles Gloversville’s Whytne Stover for the ball during Tuesday’s Foothills Council field hockey contest at Knox Field in Johnstown.
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"Tonight was all about honoring great athletes who have been a part of our program for four years or more," Johnstown coach Tracy Ringer said. "They all came together and worked hard tonight."
Seniors Kelsi Barnholt, Mikaela Etherton and Hope Cerasuolo led the Lady Bills' offense, with Barnholt finishing with four goals. Etherton had three goals and two assists for Johnstown, while Cerasuolo registered a goal and an assist.
"Kelsi [Barnholt] was on fire tonight as far as corners," Ringer said. "I really hope that momentum carries into the postseason."
Barnholt got things rolling quickly for Johnstown, scoring 1:30 into the game on the game's first shot on an assist from Etherton.
Gloversville kept the margin at one goal until Barnholt scored with 15:20 to play in the first half to make the score 2-0.
"Gloversville might not have the most skilled team, but they have a lot of heart," Ringer said. "I appreciate kids who keep fighting to the end no matter what the score is."
The Lady Bills scored three more times in the final 15 minutes of the half to take a 5-0 lead at the break.
"Even with my more experienced teams, we haven't been able to do too much against Johnstown," Gloversville coach Jacquie Davies said. "We have a very determined team, but we don't have the experience we've had in the past."
Etherton scored on an assist from Cerasuolo with 14:11 left, while Etherton scored with 10:57 remaining to make it 4-0. Barnholt closed out the first half, scoring on an assist from Etherton to make it 5-0.
"Mikaela [Etherton] stayed low tonight and she's been working on that all season," Ringer said. "If you stay low and gather the ball, it's easier to put it in."
It was more of the same in the second half as Johnstown scored three unanswered goals to make the final score 8-0.
Barnholt, Etherton and Cerasuolo scored second-half goals for the Lady Bills, while Morgan Coons added an assist.
Kristin Wright didn't need to make a save to post the shutout win in goal for Johnstown. It was the ninth shutout of the season for the Lady Bills.
Pieniazek made 26 saves for Gloversville.
"Their goalie [Pieniazek] had some nice saves for them," Ringer said. "Kacie Handy played a phenomenal defensive game for Gloversville. Katelyn Zarrelli and Sarah Lebel also played well for them."
Cerasuolo, Etherton, Barnholt, Bre VanValkenburgh, Alexis Livingstone, Emily Havlicek, Audra Gerlach, Nicole Bentley and Rachel Garber were honored before the game as part of senior night festivities.
"We really wanted to fine-tune some things," Ringer said. "We wanted to work on our passing and communication. I think we did a good job of that tonight."
Johnstown (10-4 overall, 9-1 Foothills) will host Glens Falls on Thursday at 5 p.m. in its final regular-season home game.
"We're taking it one game at a time," Ringer said. "Playing Glens Falls is never an easy task. We need to be ready to play Thursday."
Gloversville (1-11 overall, 1-8 Foothills) will host Hudson Falls on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Glens Falls 1, Queensbury 0
QUEENSBURY - Monica Harvey scored the game's only goal, leading Glens Falls to a Foothills Council win over Queensbury.
Hayley Mello finished with six saves to post the shutout win in goal for the Indians,
Lauren DeLor and Christina Galatioto combined to make 10 saves for Queensbury (6-6 overall, 5-5 Foothills).