Gloversville loses in Class B quarterfinals to Emma Willard

Gloversville goalkeeper Brittany Johnson makes a save on a close range shot by Emma Willard's Isla Lyons as Kat Fousek (7) looks for a rebound off the pads and Gloversville's Jenna Carbone and Nia Person prepare to clear the ball during a Section II Class B first-round match Wednesday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — A season of firsts continued Wednesday for the Gloversville field hockey team.

After a long absence from postseason play, the Huskies returned to sectionals with the sixth seed in the Section II Class B tournament to host No. 3 Emma Willard in a quarterfinal match at Gloversville High School.

The Jesters wasted little time establishing control, putting in a goal 90 seconds into the match en route to defeating Gloversville 4-0 and advancing to the Class B quarterfinals where they will travel to face second-seeded Queensbury at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

“We are growing,” Gloversville coach Amy Romeyn said. “We never thought we would make it to sectionals this year, but we did. We worked hard at the end of the season and I am glad we had the experience. We will keep working in the offseason. It was a good season with a lot of firsts.”

The game was switched to Gloversville High School when Emma Willard’s natural grass field was unavailable for the opening-round match and it did not take long for the Jesters to adapt to the new Field Turf facility,

Andrea Printz found a seam in the Gloversville defense early and pushed a shot into the cage with 1:30 off the clock for a quick 1-0 lead.

Emma Willard stayed on the attack and the Huskies turned back the pressure that included a five penalty corner restarts.

Printz broke out of a scramble in front of the goal to put Emma Willard’s second goal of the match on the board off a rebound after Gloversville goalkeeper Brittany Johnson made a kick-save on Sarah Shamlian’s attempt.

Gloversville controlled the match over the next five minutes, moving the ball into the Jesters’ defensive third and came away with four penalty corners.

After a time out with three minutes left in the half, Emma Willard regained control and put a shot on goal that got past Johnson but defender Cassandra Robinson was able to clear off the line to keep the score at 2-0 at the break.

Emma Willard continued to pressure the Gloversville goal in the opening minutes of the second half only to have the Gloversville defense stiffen, allowing five penalty corners but no goals.

Johnson again came up with a save off Shamlian’s stick only to have Kat Fousek in position to finish the rebound for a 3-0 advantage with 21:45 left to play.

Isla Lyons closed out the scoring for Emma Willard when she slotted home a pass from Fousek with 17:11 remaining to close out the 4-0 victory and advance the Jesters to the semifinal round against Queensbury.

For the match, Emma Willard held a 25-1 advantage in shots on goal and 14-5 in penalty corners.

Johnson collected 20 saves in goal for Gloversville, which finishes the season with a 3-12 record after snapping a 46-game losing streak earlier this season.

“This year was a stepping stone,” Romeyn said. “I was told when I took the program over that it probably would not see a win until maybe three to five years but we got three of them this year and next year we will get more. I am sad our season is over but we worked hard. I couldn’t ask for a better season but it ended here on our field in sectionals.”

Gloversville graduates six seniors from the squad — Robinson, Johnson, Nia Person, Riley King, McKenzie Paul and Jenny Vickery – but has a solid group of underclassmen to build around for next year.

“We have a great group of 10 girls coming back. We will be alright,” Romeyn said.

In the second Class B match of the day, Scotia-Glenville defeated South Glens Falls 2-1 in overtime to advance to the semifinals to play top-seeded Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.