Lady Bills finish regular season 16-0

Johnstown's Rachel Lee, left, dribbles past South Glens Falls' Hannah McLean (9) during Thursday's Foothills Council contest at Knox Field in Johnstown.(The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

JOHNSTOWN — After clinching the Foothills Council title in its last outing, the Johnstown field hockey had one more item to accomplish as it wrapped up the regular season Thursday at Knox Field.

The Lady Bills completed their regular-season checklist with a 6-0 victory on senior night over South Glens Falls to cap a perfect season.

Johnstown finished the season with a perfect 16-0 overall record and a 12-0 Foothills Council mark.

“Going undefeated this season wasn’t even on my radar at the beginning of the season,” Johnstown coach Christine Krempa said. “I knew Scotia-Glenville and Queensbury were going to be tough, but we were tougher. These girls have worked hard all season. Since our first practice on Aug. 13, all 18 girls have worked hard together.”

Emily Fleming had two goals and assist for the Lady Bills, while Maddie Etherton finished with two goals and two assists. Taryn Ringer and Kalena Eaton also scored. Ringer, Abbey Hollister and Emma Fiore each had an assist for Johnstown.

When the teams met in South Glens Falls on Sept. 18, Johnstown escaped with a 4-3 overtime victory.

“I thought we played well,” Krempa said. “They took us to overtime the last time we played them, so we had something to prove.”

Johnstown jumped out quickly in the rematch, scoring twice in the first five minutes.

Fleming opened the scoring just 3:28 into the game on an assist from Etherton, who scored to make it 2-0 on an assist from Ringer with 25:14 left in the first half.

Ringer pushed the lead to 3-0 scoring on an assists from Fleming and Hollister on a penalty corner. It was Ringer’s 38th goal of the season.

The first-half onslaught continued when Fleming scored on an assist from Etherton with 7:29 to play in the first half.

Eaton capped the first-half scoring, making it 5-0 at the break with 2:27 left in the opening half.

Etherton scored the only goal of the second half on an assist from Fiore to make the final score 6-0.

Johnstown outshot South Glens Falls by a 22-4 margin and finished with a 16-1 advantage in penalty corners.

Bracie Vose made two saves to post the shutout for the Lady Bills.

It was the 11th shutout in 16 games this season for Johnstown.

Emily Baker and Taylor Hayes combined to make eight saves for South Glens Falls.

It was the final regular-season home game for Molly Lake, Kiera Schultz, Rachel Lee, Vose, Fiore and Etherton.

With their regular season now complete, the Lady Bills turn their attention to winning their first sectional title since 2011.

“We should be seeded first or second, so we will start the playoffs at home,” Krempa said. “We’re going to be as prepared as we can be.”

The Lady Bills now await the pairings for the Section II Class C Tournament, which will be announced Saturday.

Glens Falls 5, Gloversville 1

GLENS FALLS — Haylee Girard scored twice to lead Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Gloversville.

Felicity Williams and Lexi Cutter each had a goal and two assists for the Indians, while Mattie Benway also scored.

Sidney DeMagistris scored the lone goal for Gloversville.

Callie Woodell and Cassidy Harrington combined for three saves for Glens Falls, which finished with a 6-2 advantage in penalty corners.

Kimi Hastings made 13 saves for the Huskies.

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