Boys Soccer Roundup: Broadalbin-Perth gets past Dragons, 3-1

Gloversville goalkeeper Cayden King dives to cover a pass intended for Broadalbin-Perth's Justin Hertik (12) as the Dragons' Feras Almasri (8) and the Patriots' Kyle Denman (11) and Cameron Polikowski (10) back up the play during Foothills Council action Monday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — The rain that forced the postponement of several local sporting events gave the Broadalbin-Perth and Gloversville boys soccer teams a break long enough to get Monday’s Foothills Council match in.

The Dragons came off the halftime break to tie the match but could not get the go-ahead goal as the Broadalbin-Perth defense kept Gloversville in check long enough for its offense to regroup and put in a pair of late-game goals to take home the 3-1 league win from Gloversville High School.

“The first 20 minutes of the second half, if we could replicate that every game we would be in great shape,” Gloversville coach Jason Hillabrandt said. “Of the four games, this is the third game in which the score doesn’t really indicate what we feel the outcome should have been.”

Broadalbin-Perth opened the game with a solid attack and narrowly missed on a couple early attempts including a chip shot by Kyle Denman that hit the crossbar and was gathered in by the Dragons’ starting goalkeeper Cayden King.

Gloversville began moving the ball into the Patriots defensive zone and produced attempts off restarts that narrowly missed their mark.

Broadalbin-Perth goalkeeper John Marsden (in green) keeps an eye on the ball as Gloversville's Raymond Strauser (1) heads the ball on net off a corner kick during the first half of a Foothills Council match Monday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The Patriots broke the scoreless deadlock with 2:19 left in the opening half when Denman hit a 35-yard shot from the left side that found the back of the net with 2:19 remaining to stake the Patriots to a 1-0 halftime advantage.

“We have been working on transitioning from defense onto attack and they did exactly what we asked,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Billy Eipp said. “Our touch wasn’t perfect so the passes weren’t right on. So that added to it. We definitely moved the ball well but then seemed to struggle on attack. We got all the way up to the final third and then it kind of died. Then we started to put it together.”

The Dragons regrouped and controlled the tempo of the match early in the second half.

Gloversville had a solid chance denied just over 16 minutes into the half when B-P goalkeeper Jack Marsden made the initial stop on a Gloversville attempt but could not gather the ball in. Emran Abbas but the rebound back on goal only to have defender Luigi D’Aniello backing up the play and clear the ball off the line and out of play.

The Dragons kept the pressure on the B-P defense and broke through to tie the match.

Gloversville's Paul Lomanto (14) is challenged by Broadalbin-Perth's Hunter Monks (5) during Monday's Foothills Council match at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

After turning back a B-P counter attack, the Dragons transitioned forward and got the equalizer when Kazuma Lomanto struck a 15-yard shot off a centering pass from Abbas to put the score at 1-1 with 20:17 left in regulation.

“Emran put a nice cross through and Kaz definitely finished,” Coach Hillabrandt said. “We just needed a few more of those. We were pounding on the door but just missing wide and we were executing a lot of stuff but just weren’t finishing the ball.”

Gloversville pushed to break the deadlock with Damian Bruce and Raymond Strauser both producing strong attempts that were handled by Marsden.

The Patriots capitalized on a counter attack with 17:13 remaining when Samuel Rogers collected a clearing ball out of the defense and fired a long shot that curled into the left upper 90 of the goal for a 2-1 advantage.

The Patriots stayed on the attack and made it a two-goal game when Cameron Polikowski sent a low shot into the box that deflected off a Gloversville defender and into the net for a 3-1 advantage with 8:30 left to play.

Broadalbin-Perth's Samuel Rogers (7) and Gloversville's Ryan Smith (2) battle for control of the ball during Monday's Foothills Council match at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Gloversville worked to pick up a second goal and had a strong attempt in the final 90 second turned away when Marsden slid off his line to make a kick-save on a 50-50 ball with the Dragons’ Kadin O’Shaughnessy charging the play to preserve the victory as the skies opened up with a steady rain as the final horn sounded.

“That was a good win for us,” coach Eipp said. “Gloversville came out real strong in the second half, was tough to defend and had momentum. We capitalized when we needed to and that was the game-changer. We are progressing nicely. We have four games this week so hopefully we will have a good week and be able to build from that.”

For the match, both teams registered nine shots on goal and Gloversville held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.

“We are definitely looking to find the right fit for our team but more than anything, as the second half indicated, when we have 11 guys that are on the same page and supporting each other we are in good shape,” coach Hillabrandt said.

Broadalbin-Perth will travel to play Johnstown at 7 p.m. Wednesday before heading to South Glens Falls on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. match. The Patriots return home to host Galway in a non-league match at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Gloversville returns to its home pitch Wednesday to face Amsterdam in a Foothills Council match at 7 p.m. Wednesday before heading to Schuylerville for a league match at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Foothills Council

Scotia-Glenville 5, Johnstown 0

SCOTIA — Jared O’Connor scored four goals to lead Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council victory over Johnstown.

Julian Aldi had a goal and two assists for the Tartans, while Aidan Nichter added an assist.

Dominic Jack made three saves to post the shutout for Scotia-Glenville (3-2 Foothills).

Josh Hoyt made five saves for Johnstown (1-4 overall, 1-4 Foothills).

Queensbury 5, Hudson Falls 0

QUEENSBURY — Aidan Jordi-Donnelly finished with two goals to lead Queensbury to a Foothills Council victory over Hudson Falls.

Lucas McCane, Drew Crawford and Brendon Duffy also scored for the Spartans, while Teddy Borgos and Lorenzo Cicogna each had two assists.

Ethan Willis made five saves to post the shutout for Queensbury.

Justin Fenton (6 saves) and Joey Potvin (7 saves) combined for 13 saves for Hudson Falls.

Schuylerville 3, South Glens Falls 0

SCHUYLERVILLE — Mike Lanfear had a goal and an assist to lead Schuylerville to a Foothills Council victory over South Glens Falls.

Christian Petralia and Nick Budesheim also scored for the Black Horses, while, Zach Saddlemire had an assist.

Drew Phillips made two saves to post the shutout for Schuylerville.

Sebastian Maynard made six saves for South Glens Falls.

Western Athletic Conference

Middleburgh 5, Fonda-Fultonville 0

MIDDLEBURGH — Kaurice Bell and Andrew Johns each scored twice to lift Middleburgh to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Fonda-Fultonville.

Ryan Thompson also scored for the Knights, while Johns, Dylan Foland, Thomas Crescimanno and Eoin Delaney each had an assist.

Will Bankston made seven saves to post the shutout for Middleburgh (2-2-1 overall, 1-1 WAC).

Mitch Araya made 18 saves for Fonda-Fultonville (1-2 overall, 0-1 WAC).

Northville 1, BKW 0

NORTHVILLE — After playing to a scoreless draw in regulation, Northville picked up the game-winner four minutes into overtime.

The Falcons had a corner kick opportunity denied by BKW but got a second chance when the ball was cleared over the end-line by a BKW player.

Curtis Arnold put the ball in play for Northville and put it in the middle of the box where Camron Morehouse won the ball in a scrum and finished it for the decisive goal.

Playing in a pouring rain, Northville held a 7-5 edge in shots on goal and a 9-4 advantage in corners.

Daniel VanNostrand had five saves in net for Northville (1-3 overall, 1-1 WAC), while Tyler Goodemote collected six saves for BKW.

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