Ringer powers Johnstown past Gloversville

Johnstown’s Taryn Ringer (1) pushes the ball past Gloversville’s Jordan DeMagistris during Saturday’s Foothills Council field hockey game at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — With Tuesday’s showdown with fellow Foothills Council unbeaten Queensbury looming, the Johnstown field hockey team looked to avoid a letdown Saturday against Gloversville.

The Lady Bills had no such trouble, tuning up for Tuesday’s contest with an 11-0 victory over the Huskies at Knox Field on Saturday.

“Our game plan going in was stick-to-stick passing, especially inside in the 25,” Johnstown coach Christine Krempa said. “The majority of our goals came off of passes.”

The majority of the Lady Bills’ goals also came off the stick of sophomore Taryn Ringer, who finished with seven goals and an assist. Ringer now has 15 goals and seven assists in five games this season.

Maddie Etherton had two goals and two assists for Johnstown, while Emma Fiore and Anna Lee also scored. Lee and Emily Fleming each had an assist for the Lady Bills, who outshot the Huskies by a 44-5 margin. Johnstown also held a 9-0 advantage in penalty corners.

“I’m super pleased with how our bench played,” Krempa said. “We got everybody in and everybody played hard.”

Ringer opened the scoring on an assist from Lee just 57 seconds into the game before netting her second on an assist from Etherton with 27:01 left in the first half to make it 2-0.

The pair combined on Johnstown’s third goal as Etherton scored on a Ringer assist to make it 3-0 with 25:06 left in the first half.

Ringer scored the next three goals for the Lady Bills to push the lead to 6-0 with the last two coming on assists from Etherton and Fleming.

Fiore closed out the first-half scoring, giving Johnstown a 7-0 lead with an unassisted goal with 3:27 left in the half.

After the break, the Lady Bills added four more goals to their total to make the final score 11-0. Ringer scored twice in the second half, while Lee and Etherton also scored for Johnstown.

“The girls stayed with it. My team sticks with it to the end and fights hard until the final whistle,” Gloversville coach Amy Romeyn said.

Bracie Vose (5 saves and Abby Van Valkenburgh (0 saves) shared the shutout in goal for Johnstown. It was the fourth shutout of the season for the Lady Bills, who have outscored their five opponents by a combined 37-2 this season.

Kimi Hastings made 33 saves for Gloversville.

“Johnstown is a good team and I give them credit,” Romeyn said. “They played well tonight.”

Johnstown (5-0 overall, 3-0 Foothills) is scheduled to host Queensbury (4-0 overall, 4-0 Foothills) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Knox Field.

“We’re both undefeated coming in an somebody is going home with a loss,” Krempa said. “We’re not planning on it being us.”

Gloversville (0-4 overall, 0-3 Foothills) is scheduled to host South Glens Falls on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.