Queeney reaches milestone in Lady Bills’ victory
JOHNSTOWN — The Amsterdam Lady Rams went into Friday’s Foothills Council match against Johnstown off three solid performances and back-to-back league victories.
Knowing that, the unbeaten Lady Bills came out on the attack, established control of the match early and never let the rival Lady Rams into the game as they romped to a 21-4 victory Friday night at Knox Field to run their early-season record to 5-0.
During the match, junior Ally Queeney assisted on Abbey Hollister’s goal with 4:20 left in the opening half to record the 100th point of her career.
“I am so proud of her. She did not know she was going to get her 100 today,” Johnstown varsity coach Denise Benton said. “She is on track to get 100 goals, too. Maddie Etherton got hers earlier this year and is on her way to 100 goals. Ally is only the second girl in our program to reach 100 points. Abbey Hollister is going to come next, she is around 20 points away. It is just such an incredible thing and I am glad I had the opportunity to work with these girls when they were younger.”
Queeney opened the Lady Bills scoring with an unassisted goal just over two-and-a half minutes into the match and 41 seconds later Etherton delivered a goal. Amber Tesi pushed the lead to 3-0 with her goal off a penalty restart.
Johnstown kept the pressure on the Lady Rams’ defense and added two goals from Emily Fleming to go with Queeney’s second goal and goals from Hollister and Rachel Lee to build an 8-0 advantage.
Amsterdam broke through for its first goal of the match with 9:23 left in the opening half when Sydney Hoefs intercepted a pass in the defense and raced the length of the field and finished the play to put the score at 8-1.
Queeney notched her third goal of the first half with 7:31 left before Hollister recorded her second and Taryn Ringer collected the rebound off her initial shot that was stopped by Amsterdam goalkeeper Kelly Kilgallen and finished the play for an 11-1 lead with 5:05 showing on the clock.
Less than a minute later, Queeney found Hollister with a pass in front of the goal and Hollister finished the play to give Queeney the assist and her 100th career point.
Ringer delivered three unassisted goals early in the second half and Kayli Hoefs added her first goal of the game for the Lady Rams to put the score at 15-2.
Both Sydney and Kayli Hoefs added second goals for Amsterdam but the Lady Bills showed no signs of slowing down as they put six more goals on the board to close out the 21-4 victory.
“It was nice to get everybody in and move people around,” Benton said. “I have to give credit to all the kids, whether they start, come in midway or late, they all give everything they have. We knew coming in who was going to be their shooters were and their goalie [Kilgallen] did a good job.. I give her a lot of credit, she did a good job against these guys shooting hard at her like that.”
Ringer led the Johnstown scorers with five goals and an assist, while Queeney had four goals and an assist and Hollister registered four goals.
Etherton finished with two goals and three assists, while Fleming and Lee added two goals apiece and Molly Memrick chipped in with two assists and Grace Fitzgerald added an assist.
Benton said she was especially pleased with the game Tesi had.
“Winning the draw gives us such an advantage and Amber [Tesi] had an exceptional game winning the starts,” she said. “She was everywhere on the field.”
Besides winning the majority of the draws, Tesi finished with two goals and an assist.
Kilgallen collected 26 saves in goals for Amsterdam, while Mari-Ahna Manchester finished with 12 saves.
Johnstown, which has outscored its opponents 85-25 this season, were scheduled to play three times in the coming week, but schedule changes have resulted in the Lady Bills now playing only one match, a Foothills Council contest at South Glens Falls on Monday.
“South High is going to be tough,” Benton said. “They are the sleeper team of the league and we split with them last year.”
Amsterdam (2-3 overall, 1-3 Foothills) will travel to take on Queensbury on Monday.