BROADALBIN - The Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots scored five goals in the first 20 minutes of Tuesday's Foothills Council matchup versus the Johnstown Lady Bills as they cruised to an 8-0 victory at Patriot Field.? Four girls found the back of the net for the Lady Patriots, including Katie Herba, who scored four times and had two assists.? Broadalbin-Perth started the scoring frenzy six minutes in, when Herba collected her own missed shot and put the second-chance opportunity past Johnstown goalkeeper Briana Esposito.
One minute later, Herba sliced through the Johnstown defense and broke away before netting her second goal of the game.?Johnstown had a chance to get one back 10 minutes into the half, but a header by Sara Kosowicz travelled just over the crossbar.
Broadalbin-Perth extended its lead two minutes later. Herba tapped a ball toward the goal, and it was collected and directed into the back of the net by Danielle Biggers.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Katie Herba (6) dribbles past Johnstown’s Kendra McCoy during Tuesday’s Foothills Council girls soccer contest. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
After Kylie Gifford clanked a shot off the crossbar in an attempt to push the Broadalbin-Perth lead to four, Herba gained control of the ball following an indirect kick and pushed it past Esposito.
Herba completed her hat-trick in just 13:27. Morganne Dick made a run at Broadalbin-Perth goalkeeper Rachel Orapello with 21 minutes remaining in the half. Dick rocketed a wide-open shot directly into Orapello's waiting arms.?Biggers connected for Broadalbin-Perth's fifth goal of the game with 20:46 remaining in the half, and Herba netted her fourth goal of the half on a penalty kick seven minutes later.
The second half began with more of a defensive feel, but that didn't stop the Lady Patriots from striking for two more quick goals. Gifford angled a ball past the outstretched arms of Esposito 10 minutes into the half.
Four minutes later, Kelly Makarowsky joined the scoring club to give Broadalbin-Perth an 8-0 advantage.
With a commanding lead, the Lady Patriots began to take their foot off the pedal with most of their offensive starters getting rest as the half progressed. Johnstown, however, simply couldn't penetrate the Lady Patriot defense led by Tyese Fraser.
Players such as Fraser and Kelly Auricchio were never out of place, as Johnstown only managed to put four shots on goal in the game.
The Lady Patriots were efficient Tuesday, converting eight of their 16 shots on goal. Orapello saved three balls for Broadalbin-Perth, while Esposito combined with Ellen Praught to save five balls for Johnstown.
Broadalbin-Perth (13-2 overall, 11-2 Foothills) will travel to Scotia-Glenville on Friday to wrap up the regular season at 4:30 p.m., while the Lady Bills (6-7-1 overall, 5-7-1 Foothills) will take on the Hudson Falls Lady Tigers in Johnstown on Friday at 4:30 p.m.