GLOVERSVILLE - A quick strike by the Glens Falls Indians put the Gloversville Dragons back on their heels early in Tuesday's Foothills Council boys soccer match.
Even though the Dragons were able to recover enough to muster up a late-game surge, they could not overcome the first-half deficit before falling 3-1 to the Indians on the Gloversville High School pitch.
"The kids just weren't mentally prepared for the game and you could see it in our warm-ups," Gloversville coach Paul Ligon said. "It was a team we knew we could compete with and we just came out flat."
Gloversville’s Thomas Kirk (15) saves the ball on the end line after being challenged by Glens Falls defender Mike Basford during Tuesday’s Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Glens Falls (2-10-0 overall, 2-8-0 Foothills) caught the Dragons (2-8-0 Foothills) off guard on the kick off. Sean Hooker sent a long ball off the kickoff deep into the Gloversville defensive zone, and Nate Didio finished the play to put the Indians up 1-0 with just 10 seconds off the clock.
Hooker found his mark with 27:20 left in the opening half when he received a cross from Justin Orr and slotted it home for a 2-0 edge.
Gloversville began turning the momentum in its favor using long passes to spring the front line free.
With 8:51 left in the half, the pressure paid off.
After putting a corner kick in play, which the Indians cleared, Thomas Kirk bent the long rebound through the defense, off the far post and into the net to trim the Glens Falls lead to 2-1.
Just over five minutes later, the Indians re-established their two-goal advantage when Hooker received a pass from Didio and fired a low shot into the back of the net for a 3-1 half time lead.
The Dragons regrouped at the half and came out ready to cut into the Indians lead.
Midway through the second half, Kirk beat goalkeeper Patrick Resse and sent a low shot on net, only to have Luke Collins clear the ball off the line.
Gloversville pushed players forward out of their defense and pinned the Indians into a defensive posture.
Although the Dragons created opportunities Resse and the Indians defense were able to turn away the attempts and hold on for the 3-1 victory.
"Again we gave up three soft goals and then we decided to play the second half, but it was way too late," Ligon said. "The last 35 minutes was like 'Hello, we are down 3-1. We better play.' But we gave up a goal in 10 seconds. There has been a lack of communication and tonight it cost us. We are just inconsistent right now."
Glens Falls outshot Gloversville 10-7 in the match, while the Dragons held a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
Resse recorded six saves in goal for Glens Falls, while Kyle Royal came up with seven stops for the Dragons.