Boys Soccer Roundup: Brown powers Johnstown past B-P, 5-3

Broadalbin-Perth's Noah Schwartz, right, challenges Johnstown's Charlie Brown as he gains control of the ball during Wednesday's Foothills Council match at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots controlled the pace of the game with their traditional possession game but the Johnstown Sir Bills controlled the one thing that mattered in the end, the scoreboard.

Using strong counter attacks and a three-goal performance from Charlie Brown, Johnstown spoiled the Patriots’ senior night and 10th annual Pink Out game with a 5-3 Foothills Council South Division victory Wednesday night at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

“We played a very technical game with great ball movement but then it just petered out right there [pointing at the penalty area],” Broadalbin-Perth coach Bill Eipp said. “Johnstown played a great game and Charlie Brown had the game of his life and I am happy for him. Maybe he has had other great games but he definitely had one against us I am sure he will remember forever.”

Brown took advantage of a misplayed ball deep in the penalty area to score his first goal of the match just 3:43 into the match.

The Patriots went to work with their possession game but were met by a solid defensive back line that challenged every ball and forced poor angle shots.

Broadalbin-Perth's Kyle Denman (11) and Johnstown's Spencer Kotwasinski chase down a loose ball during Foothills Council action Wednesday at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The Sir Bills used a counterattack to put their second goal of the match on the board when Brown received a long pass out of his defense and fired a long shot on goal that hit off the crossbar and dropped in front of the goal. Broadalbin-Perth goalkeeper Jack Marsden scrambled to find the loose ball but Brock Sardella was crashing goal and headed the ball home for a 2-0 lead with 22:35 left in the opening half.

Again the Patriots worked the ball deep into the Johnstown defensive zone and this time put one in the net off a quick start short corner kick from Brady Goodemote to Jared Eipp, who sent across in front of the goal that Kyle Denman finished to cut the lead to 2-1 with 20:24 left in the half.

Brown again played a factor in the Sir bills Scoring when he struck a hard shot on goal that Marsden knocked down but the ball continued across the goal mouth and Sardella slid to redirect it over the line for his second goal of the match and a 3-1 Johnstown lead.

The Patriots again cut the Sir Bills lead to a single goal after a corner kick that was deflected by goalkeeper Josh Hoyt fell into the hand of a Johnstown defender, setting up a penalty kick that Eipp converted to put the score at 3-2 with 4:04 left in the half.

The Sir Bills got the goal back with 1:15 showing on the clock when Brown converted on a penalty kick following a trip in the box for a 4-2 lead.

Broadalbin-Perth's Brady Goodemote (8) heads the ball away from Johnstown's Tucker O'Connor (9) and Charlie Gagliardo during first half Foothills Council action Wednesday at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Goodemote made it a one-goal game when he scored eight seconds later off an assist from Cameron Polikowski to sent the game into intermission with the Sir Bills holding a 4-3 lead in a high-scoring opening half.

The Patriots maintained their possession game and were able to make suns at the goal and narrowly missed a game-tying goal when Eipp’s shot hit the post and deflected out of play.

Again the Sir Bills counterattack paid off as Matthew Boyle sent a long clearing pass out of the back field that Brown chased down, beat his defenders and slotted home for a 5-3 advantage with 23:36 left in regulation.

The Patriots continued to pressure the Johnstown defense and create scoring chances only to be denied a score as the Sir Bills held on for the 5-3 victory to end a winless streak against the Patriots that dated back to 2010.

“Charlie Brown was just a machine tonight, His touch was on point and when his touch is on point he is deadly,” Johnstown coach Tom Horning said. “If he fumbles with it, it is 30 yards off the end line. Charlie Gagliardo, Tucker O’Connor, Hank Bobbette and MJ Heroth were my starting backs and did an outstanding job tonight. Broadalbin has traditionally been historically extremely skilled and we saw that tonight.”

Broadalbin-Perth held a 13-12 edge in shots on goal and a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Hoyt came up with 10 saves in goal for Johnstown, while Marsden collected seven stops for the Patriots.

“Our shots missed high and wide. So we didn’t dial in our shots,” coach Eipp said. “When you only get six or seven quality shots a game you are not going to win. It was a great game until they got that last goal and pulled away. We tried and we were pounding on the goal but it didn’t happen. It was one of those games.”

Johnstown improves to 3-11-0 on the season and 2-10-0 in the Foothills with a league match against Scotia-Glenville today and a non-league match against Galway at home on Friday left on the schedule.

The Patriots wrapped up their regular season with an 8-7-0 overall record while going 7-6-0 in the Foothills. They will now wait to find out where they will be seeded and play their opening round match of the Section II Class B tournament after the seeding meeting schedule for Monday.

“We are done until we get seeded,” coach Eipp said. “I was hoping to finish the season strong. We had four games against teams, in my opinion, we should have beat but we lost three of the four games. We are heavily injured and are very shallow. We have a great team but we are deep in injuries. Can we recover? I hope so in time for sectionals.”

Foothills Council

Gloversville 3, Amsterdam 2

AMSTERDAM — Feras Alsmani scored the game-winning goal to lead Gloversville to a Foothills Council South Division victory over Amsterdam at Lynch Literacy Academy.

Damian Bruce and Ryan Issa also scored for the Dragons, while Asher Lopresti had an assist.

Antonio Reyes and Nick Rodecker scored for Amsterdam (5-10 overall, 4-9 Foothills).

Jacob Kataneksza finished with six saves for Gloversville.

Ian Healy made three saves for the Rams.

Gloversville (4-11 overall, 3-9 Foothills) is scheduled to host Scotia-Glenville on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Queensbury 7, Glens Falls 1

QUEENSBURY — Teddy Borgos netted four goals to lead Queensbury to a Foothills Council North Division victory over Glens Falls.

Sam Rowley, Lorenzo Cicogna and Ray Jones also scored for the Spartans.

Aidan Jordi-Donnelly had three assists for Queensbury (14-1 overall, 12-0 Foothills), while Alex Roca had two assists. Cicogna also had an assist for the Spartans, who outshot Glens Falls, 20-6.

Evan Wiggins scored the lone goal for Glens Falls (3-9 Foothills). Seth Davis had an assist for the Indians.

Jack Sylvia and Ethan Willis each made two saves for Queensbury, while Ben Difiore made 12 saves for Glens Falls.

Schuylerville 4, Hudson Falls 1

SCHUYLERVILLE — Nick Budesheim scored twice to lead Schuylerville to a Foothills Council North Division victory over Hudson Falls.

Mike Lanfear and Ian Winchell also scored for the Black Horses.

Michael Hunt scored the lone goal for Hudson Falls.

Drew Phillips made five saves for Schuylerville, while Justin Fenton made 10 stops for Hudson Falls

WAC

Mayfield 3, Fort Plain 0

MAYFIELD — Playing its fifth game in six days, Mayfield posted a Western Athletic Conference victory over Fort Plain.

Daniel Leach scored twice for the Panthers, while Colby Brandow also scored. Josh Wasson and Anthony Yuret each had an assist for Mayfield, which outshot the Hilltoppers, 7-1.

Evan Lehr made just one save to post the shutout for Mayfield (13-2 overall, 9-1 WAC).

Robert Jordan made four saves for Fort Plain (9-4-1 overall, 6-3-1 WAC).

Schoharie 4, Fonda-Fultonville 2

FONDA — Derek Dietz finished with a goal and two assists to help Schoharie to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Fonda-Fultonville.

Skyler Jankowski and Noah Fagnani each had a goal and an assist for the Indians, while Quin Barton also scored.

Tyler Sweet and Mitch Araya scored for Fonda-Fultonville (3-11-1 overall, 2-7-1 WAC), while Cody Hanson and Josh Coyne each had an assist.

Bailey Smart made six saves for Schoharie.

Araya (12 saves) and Jacob Sisco (3 saves) split time in goal for the Braves, who were outshot by a 31-22 margin.

Middleburgh 2, Canajoharie 0

CANAJOHARIE — Ryan Thompson and Andrew Johns scored to lead Middleburgh to a WAC victory over Canajoharie.

The Cougars (1-11-1 overall, 0-7-2 WAC) are scheduled to host Schoharie today at 4:15 p.m.

Mekeel Christian 2, Galway 1, OT

GALWAY — Dan McCarty scored both goals to lift Mekeel Christian Academy to a WAC victory over Galway.

Lens Lima had an assist for the Lions.

Charlie Clarke scored the lone goal for Galway (2-10-2 overall, 1-7-2 WAC).

Ilan Martuscello made three saves for Mekeel Christian, while Henry Flint made two stops for Galway.

Center State Conference

West Canada Valley 2, Dolgeville 1

NEWPORT — Tyler Weakley and Zachary Zbytniewski scored to lift West Canada Valley to a victory over Dolgeville.

Jaeden Beam had two assists for the Indians.

Austin Green scored the lone goal for Dolgeville on an assist from Brenden Fahd.

Caden Ludwig made seven saves for West Canada Valley.

Brian Lamphere made 27 stops for the Blue Devils (5-9 overall).

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