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Gloversville overcomes slow start to defeat Glens Falls, 3-1

Gloversville's Taylor Mee (19) gets her shot off as Glens Falls defenders Emily Lunt (10) and Phobe Fox close onthe play during Foothills Council action Thursday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — For the second match in a row, a slow start hampered the Gloversville girls soccer team.

The Lady Dragons fell behind 1-0 early in Thursday’s Foothills Council match against Glens Falls, but recovered to score three unanswered goals for a 3-1 victory over the Indians at Gloversville High School.

“That has kind of been our M.O.,” Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. “We haven’t been able to string together two halves of soccer. I don’t know if we were looking past them [Glens Falls] because of Johnstown Saturday or what. You can’t look past anybody in the Foothills.”

Glens Falls got off to a fast start putting pressure on the Gloversville defense before the Lady Dragons pushed forward with Sydney Loux connecting on a 30-yard line drive on a missed clearing attempt by the Indians that goalkeeper Robin Gorton made the stop on.

glens Falls again pushed forward and drew a foul in the penalty area. Cate Barclay converted on the penalty kick to put Glens Falls up 1-0 with 21:43 left in the opening half.

Gloversville went to work trying for the equalizer only to have Gorton stop Taylor Mee’s shot at point-blank range.

Mee did get the equalizer with 15:50 left to play when she finished off a long run started with a pass in the midfield from Katie Callen to put the score at 1-1.

Five minutes later Callen again found Mee open and the junior forward again found the back of the net to give the Lady Dragons a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Gloversville carried the momentum they built in the closing minutes of the opening half over into the second half and gained control of the match.

The Lady Dragons created scoring opportunities that were turned back by the Indians’ defense before Michaela Ponticello hit a low shot from 18-yards out that slipped through the defense in into the side netting for a 3-1 lead with 21:04 left to play.

The Lady Dragons kept the pressure on with Mee narrowly missing with a shot that hit the cross bar and Gorton coming up with a big stop on another hard shot by Ponticello to keep the final score 3-1.

“They [Glens Falls] came to play and they hustled,” Hallenbeck said. “In the first half, they outplayed us. We made a couple of adjustments in the second half and played more of our game but I still think we can be better. Sydney Loucks deserves a shout out. She was absolutely an animal in the middle and controlled the second half for us. Everything went through her. Taylor Mee did a great job finishing her chances to get us back ahead once we fell behind.”

For the match, Gloversville outshot Glens Falls 18-5 and held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.

With the victory Gloversville posted its third straight win to improve to 4-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the Foothills Council.

Katie Hastings collected four saves in goal for Gloversville, while Gorton 12 saves in net for Glens Falls.

“We have a little bit of a run going with a big game [against Johnstown] on Saturday night,” Hallenbeck said. “We are getting better every game and from what I can see we can be much better than we are. So we are still a work in progress.”

South Glens Falls 2,

Johnstown 0, OT

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The Lady Bills battled South High to a scoreless tie in regulation before the Bulldogs hit a pair of goals in overtime to pull out the Foothills Council victory.

Holly Page scored on a 20-yard free kick in the first overtime period and Zoe Lanfear hit a second goal in the opening period on a scramble in front of the net to finish the 2-0 victory.

Deme Kellog had three save and Molly Rafferty two in the combined shut out for South Glens Falls (2-3-0 overall, 2-1-0 Foothills).

Hope Buboltz made 17 saves in goal for Johnstown (0-3-2 overall, 0-3-0 Foothills).

Broadalbin-Perth 4,

Hudson Falls 0

HUDSON FALLS — Brooke Bush connected for a pair of opening-half goals and Lauralie Granier tallied two in the second half as the Lady Patriots improved to 5-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the Foothills Council.

Amirah Carsno had two assists in the match, while Granier and Bush had one apiece.

Broadalbin-Perth dominated the match, out shooting Hudson Falls 39-2.

Caitlin Palmateer recorded one save for the Lady Patriots, while Mikayla Varney made 13 stops for Hudson Falls.

Queensbury 8, Amsterdam 0

QUEENSBURY — Christina Cummings netted four goals, while Izzy Dennison and Brigid Duffy added two goal apiece in the Lady Spartans Foothills council victory.

Duffy also contributed three assists, while Julia Keshmiri, Sophia Keshmiri and Jenna Snyder all had one assist each.

Karen Troche-Esteva finished with 13 saves in goal for Amsterdam (2-3-0 overall, 1-3-0 Foothills).

Scotia-Glenville 5, Schuylerville 1

SCOTIA — Five different players scored for the Lady Tartans in Thursday’s Foothills Council match with Schuylerville.

Lucy Crounse, Brooklyn Drago, Sage Luke, Morgan Nealon and Megan Steele all tallied score for Scotia, while Cassandra Cooper connected for the Black Horses.

Drago added two assists, while Crounse and Annamarie Piccirillo had assists.

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