JOHNSTOWN - Even before the game started, there was some confusion.
The Johnstown schedule said 4:15 p.m., while the Hudson Falls schedule said the game was to start at 4:30 p.m.
In the end, the Hudson Falls Lady Tigers made everyone wait as the team showed up shortly before 5 p.m. and took the field without warming up.
Hudson Falls’ Ruthie Rainbow (11) races Johnstown’s Megan Anagnostopulos as they chase down a loose ball during Wednesday’s Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
It didn't seem to affect them as they battled the Johnstown Lady Bills evenly for 80 minutes, but a fluke goal gave Johnstown a 1-0 Foothills Council win Wednesday night.
"They say when it's ugly and you win anyways, it's good, but they could have played so much better that it's very frustrating," Johnstown coach Colleen Froschauer said.
The goal for the Lady Bills (4-7 overall, 4-6 Foothills Council) happened on a mistake by Hudson Falls goalkeeper Nicole Sheloski nine minutes into the second half. The ball was rolling from the left side of the goalpost, but it rolled through Sheloski's legs and got behind her. It was tracked down by Johnstown's Jordyn Hale, who put the ball in the net for a 1-0 Lady Bills lead.
"I thought our kids played well all around," Hudson Falls coach Jordan Tezanos said. "We had a lot of opportunities in the first half. We missed a few shots on net. That goal was, I think, more a mental breakdown than being outmatched, skillwise."
The Lady Tigers (0-10 overall, 0-10 Foothills Council) had their best opportunity to score late in the first half when Casey Bills brought the ball down the side of the field. Johnstown goalkeeper Ellen Praught came out from the net to intercept her and executed a slide tackle to get the ball away from her.
However, the ball bounced behind Praught and both the Johnstown defense and Hudson Falls offense scrambled to get it. The ball seemed to roll out of bounds and after a Hudson Falls player touched it, the end result was a harmless goal kick, preserving the Lady Bills' lead.
"They had a lot of opportunities, far more than they should have gotten," Froschauer said. "They played a good game. They played hard."
Hudson Falls had most of the opportunities earlier as Praught made a diving deflection on a shot by Alexus Catalfamo in the seventh minute.
About a minute before that, Praught stopped a shot by Emilee Gallagher.
The Lady Bills had their best opportunity to get on the scoreboard in the 26th minute when Sara Kosowicz took a shot that banged off the crossbar and toward Johnstown's Megan Anagnostopulos, who was crashing the net. She got a head on the ricochet, but it bounced high and eventually was saved by Sheloski.
But apart from that, the Lady Bills struggled to find the right combination to net additional goals.
"It was a long 80-minute game because we didn't play very well," Froschauer said. "It's frustrating when you see a team that can be so much better not play to their ability."