Masri’s late goal lifts Gloversville past Johnstown, 2-1

Johnstown's Zach Serpa, right, and Gloversville's Thomas Kluska chase down a ball during Friday's Foothills Council contest at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — Feras Masri scored the game-winning goal with 6:30 to play to lift Gloversville to a 2-1 victory over Johnstown in a Foothills Council South Division boys soccer contest Friday at Johnstown High School.

Masri’s goal help complete the Dragons’ rally from a one-goal, first-half deficit.

“I thought we started out pretty well,” Gloversville coach Jim Yanno said. “We broke down a little bit in spots, but we came out of it with a win.”

The game was marred by a second-half fight with 15 minutes remaining that saw four Johnstown players and two Gloversville players earn red cards, sending them out of the game and barring them from participating in their team’s next contests.

“We let our emotions get the best of us,” Johnstown coach Nicole Naselli said.

Gloversville's Arron Sowle Jr. (12) controls Johnstown's Zachary Serpa closes in during Friday's Foothills Council contest at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

As a result, the teams played 9-on-9 or the final 15 minutes of regulation, until another Johnstown player earned a red card late in regulation, leaving the Sir Bills with just eight players available.

The game was a close one throughout with Johnstown netting the game’s first goal in the opening five minutes when Zach Serpa scored on an assist from Spencer Kotwasinski to make it 1-0.

“We played well. I feel like we played together as a team,” Naselli said.

Both teams had several first-half chances as each side registered six shots on goal.

James Collar pulled Gloversville even just before the half when he scored to knot the game at 1-1 after 40 minutes of play.

Gloversville's Feras Masri (11) heads the ball as Johnstown's Ryan OÕConnor defends during Friday's Foothills Council contest at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

In the second half, Johnstown outshot Gloversville by a 7-6 margin, but the Dragons were able to net the lone goal of the half.

Masri found the net with 6:30 to play, lifting Gloversville to a 2-1 victory.

“I think our midfield — Kazuma Lomanto, Jordan Yanno and Doug Cook — played well today. They controlled the middle of the field for us,” coach Yanno said. “Keegan Holmes played well defensively and Justin Kemmet did a good job in goal for us.”

Kemmet finished with eight saves for Gloversville, while Josh Hoyt and Kyle Salamack combined to make nine stops for Johnstown.

Gloversville (3-3-1 overall, 2-2-1 Foothills) is slated to host Amsterdam on Monday at 7 p.m.

Johnstown (1-4 overall, 1-4 Foothills) is scheduled to host Hudson Falls on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Broadalbin-Perth 2, Amsterdam 0

AMSTERDAM — Kyle Denman and Hunter Monks scored for Broadalbin-Perth in a Foothills Council South Division contest Friday at Lynch Literacy Academy.

Sam Rogers and Ryan Hertik each had an assist for the Patriots (6-1 overall, 3-1 Foothills), who outshot the Rams by a 22-4 margin.

Lucca Quatrini made 10 saves for Amsterdam (0-4 overall, 0-4 Foothills).

Glens Falls 1, Hudson Falls 1, OT

HUDSON FALLS — Cyrus Guillet scored the lone goal for Glens Falls in a 1-1 draw with Hudson Falls in a Foothills Council North Division contest Friday.

Brandon Pond scored the lone goal for Hudson Falls (1-4-1 overall, 1-2-1 Foothills), while Nik Heasley had the assist.

Ben DiFiore made eight saves for Glens Falls (3-2-2 overall, 2-0-2 Foothills), while Joe Lapan made seven stops for the Tigers.

Queensbury 3, Schuylerville 0

QUEENSBURY — Teddy Borgos had a goal and an assist to lead Queensbury to a Foothills Council North Division victory over Schuylerville.

Riley Grant and Brendan Duffy also scored for the Spartans, while Peter Crawford and Asa Edwards each had an assist.

Ethan Willis made three stops to post the shutout in goal for Queensbury (6-1 overall, 4-1 Foothills).

Brady Eugair finished with seven saves for Schuylerville (3-3 overall, 2-3 Foothills).


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