Strong start lifts Lady Bills past Lady Dragons

Johnstown's Taylor Vose (19) and Gloversville's Meredith Dennie (17) battle for position as they chase down a loose ball during Foothills Council action Saturday night at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

JOHNSTOWN — After defeating Glens Falls 10-0 on Friday night, the Johnstown girls soccer team looked to keep its momentum going when it squared off against intercity rival Gloversville in a Foothills Council match Saturday night at Johnstown High School.

The Lady Bills showed little signs of letting down as Jenna Thompson connected for a pair of early goals before leaving the game with an injury.

The Lady Bills battled through the offensive set back and with goalkeeper Hope Buboltz leading the way picked up their defensive game to deal Gloversville a 3-1 loss.

“The girls didn’t play to their normal level tonight because of the injury to Jenna,” Johnstown coach Erica Fitzpatrick said. “It just kind of took them out of their element and made them a little nervous that she was out. It was a very slow adjustment. We tried to move around our midfield to cover for Jenna but you can see that she is a very integral part of our team. Losing her was really hard for us.”

Thompson got the Lady Bills scoring rolling when she converted on a penalty kick 80 seconds into the match for a 1-0 lead.

Johnstown goalkeeper Hope Buboltz grabs the ball on a Gloversville corner kick as the lady Dragons' Katie Callen attempts to head the ball during Foothills Council action Saturday night at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

She picked up her second goal of the match with 20:19 left in the opening half when she lifted a shot over the head of Gloversville goalkeeper Katie Hastings that hit the crossbar and dropped into the goal. On the play, Thompson rolled her ankle as she planted to take the shot and was helped to the bench where she remained for the remainder of the match.

The Lady Bills defense stepped up to keep the Lady Dragons in check as the midfield and front line adjusted their play.

Gloversville picked up its intensity of play in the second half and began moving the ball into the Johnstown defensive zone only to be met by the Lady Bills back line and Buboltz.

Gloversville broke through for a score with 21:40 left in regulation when Angel Anderson put a shot on goal that was deflected and Michaela Ponticello was in position to put the rebound on net. Buboltz knocked the attempt down before Taylor Mee finished the play for the Lady Dragons and cut Johnstown’s lead to 2-1.

Gloversville kept the pressure on the Johnstown defense only to come away with four corner kicks and got called off sides on three chances.

With the Lady Dragons pushing forward with their focus on tie the match, the Lady Bills countered and made it a two goal advantage when Grace Giarrizzo fired a shot on net that deflected off a Gloversville defender and into the goal for a 3-1 lead with two minutes left to play.

Gloversville continued to push for another goal but could not break through the Lady Bills defense as they locked up their second straight Foothills victory.

“It was a tale of two halves,” Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. “We changed things up a little bit at halftime, changed the formation to something we are more comfortable with. We played hard in the second half and started stringing more passes together and creating some dangerous chances. About nine minutes left, we changed our formation and pulled a defender up to try to get the equalizer and they just countered and put the ball in. That happens sometimes in soccer.”

For the match, Gloversville outshot the Lady Bills 11-8 with nine of Gloversville’s attempts coming in the second half.

Hastings collected five saves in goal for the Lady Dragons, while Buboltz finished with 10 saves.

“Her [Buboltz] main goal is to protect her house and she is doing just that,” Coach Fitzpatrick said. “Against Amsterdam Wednesday night she just made a blooper and she has vowed she was not going to let that happen again. She is aggressive and young so we have a lot of good years left with her.”

After falling in their season opener 5-1 to South Glens Falls, Johnstown has outscored its opponents 14-2 resulting in two wins and a draw.

Coach Fitzpatrick said that has helped her team prepare for a tough league schedule ahead of them.

“It has given them the confidence they need to compete with the teams like Scotia and Queensbury,” she said. “The next few games for us are going to be nailbiters because we are right in the heart of our schedule. There are no easy teams and they are all going to be competitive. We are hoping Jenna will be OK for Tuesday’s Scotia game, if not, we will get at it and see what we can make happen.”

The Lady Bills (2-1-1 overall, 2-1-1 Foothills) will host Scotia-Glenville at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Johnstown High School before traveling to play Broadalbin-Perth at 7 p.m. Thursday and return home to play Hudson Falls at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Gloversville (3-3-0 overall, 1-2-0 Foothills) will have a three-game Foothills Council homestand this week starting with Broadalbin-Perth at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Amsterdam at 7 p.m. Thursday before wrapping up the week playing Queensbury at noon on Saturday.

Foothills Council

Schuylerville 4, Amsterdam 1

AMSTERDAM — Delianna Figueroa scored the lone goal for Amsterdam in a Foothills Council loss to Schuylerville on Friday at Amsterdam High School.

Amsterdam (0-3-1 overall, 0-3-1 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk on Tuesday for a non-league contest at 4:30 p.m.


Hall of Fame Tournament

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Isabella Masi scored on a second-half penalty kick to help Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville earn a 1-1 tie with Parishville-Hopkinton in the Hall of Fame Tournament on Saturday.

Jessica Mitchell scored the lone goal for Parishville-Hopkinton.

Ashlee Shelmandine made five saves for OESJ, while Brenna Woods made four saves for Parishville-Hopkinton.

The three-day tournament concludes today when Morrisville-Eaton faces Parishville-Hopkinton at OESJ at noon.

OESJ played Morrisville-Eaton to a 1-1 draw Friday in the tourney opener.

Waterville Tournament

WATERVILLE — Dolgeville defeated Brookfield 6-0 in the consolation game of the Waterville Tournament on Saturday.

Rylee Lamphere and Gabby Kenyon were named to the all-tournament team for Dolgeville (1-1-1 overall)