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Lady Dragons end season with draw against Broadalbin-Perth

Gloversville goalkeeper Meredith Dennie tips the ball away from Broadalbin-Perth’s Jackie Fisher (11) before she heads the ball on a corner kick as the Lady Dragons’ Tenecia Beckford (22) looks on during the first half of Thursday’s Foothills Council match at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — With postseason play starting next week, the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots were looking to build momentum, while the Gloversville Lady Dragons were looking to close out their season on a positive note.

For the second time this season, the teams battled for 100 minutes without a clear winner on the scoreboard as Broadalbin-Perth and Gloversville played to a 2-2 draw on a cold, rainy Thursday night at Gloversville High School.

“I thought the girls fought hard for 100 minutes tonight,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug said. “They gave everything they had and executed a couple of things that we could have taken care of and the game could have been a little different. But hats off to both, It was a hard fought battle by both teams.”

Gloversville honored its senior players — Katie Hastings, Madison Hickok, Alecea Jones, Michaela Ponticello, Chloe Atty, Sydney Loux and Tenecia Beckford — in pregame ceremonies. With the cooperation of the Lady Patriots, Hastings, Gloversville’s starting goalkeeper who was injured earlier this season, stood on the field on crutches to start her final game for the Lady Dragons and returned to the sidelines as the opening kickoff was sent out of play.

When play resumed, Broadalbin-Perth opened with a strong attack, creating opportunities that were cut off by strong defensive effort from Gloversville sweeper Alecea Jones and goalkeeper Meredith Dennie.

The Lady Patriots pressure paid off with 97-seconds left in the opening half when Emma Morey chipped a long shot that took a high bounce just out of the reach of Dennie and settled into the net for a 1-0 halftime advantage.

Broadalbin-Perth pushed for a second goal early in the second half but could not break through for a score.

Gloversville put together a run and kept the ball in the Lady Patriots defensive zone for six minutes midway through the half.

The pressure paid off with a corner kick that Melia Stoller put in play. The ball bounced in a crowd in front of the goal and pin-balled before Loux was able to push the ball over the goal line to tie the match at one apiece with 19 minutes left to play.

The Lady Patriots went back to work establishing their passing game and were awarded a direct kick from 25-yard outs that Rose Barnhart put high on net with the wet ball slipping off the fingertips of Dennie for a 2-1 lead with 10:08 left in regulation.

Broadalbin-Perth kept the ball wide in an attempt to kill time off the clock but the Lady Dragons got a break, mounting a counterattack off a Broadalbin-Perth corner kick. The run up field resulted in a tripping call in the penalty area giving Gloversville a penalty kick with 20 seconds left in regulation.

Loux converted the penalty kick, putting the ball in the lower left corner of the goal to tie the match at 2-2, sending the match into overtime.

Broadalbin-Perth goalkeeper Caitlyn Palmateer came up with a big save when Taylor Mee broke in one-on-one early in the first overtime period.

The teams continued to battle with the Lady Patriots earning three overtime corner kicks but could not find the game winner as time ran out on the second draw between the teams this season.

“Tonight showed what they are capable of. They dug in, battled from the get-go,” Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said of his team. “They got down a goal and came back. Got down another goal and came back to tie it up. I am very proud of the way they played tonight. It was fitting for Sydney Loux, a senior captain, to go out with two goals.”

For the match Broadalbin-Perth held a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal, and 6-3 in corner kicks.

Dennie came up with seven stops in goal for the Lady Dragons, while Palmateer had two stops.

“It was a great game for lousy conditions,” Coach Hallenbeck said. “I think a tie was fitting because I don’t think either team deserved to lose. It was a well played, even match and we will take it.”

Broadalbin-Perth finishes the regular season with a 9-5-2 overall record, while posting a 6-5-2 mark in the Foothills Council. The Lady Patriots will find out Monday who their first-round opponent will be in the Section II Class B tournament.

Gloversville wrapped up its season with a 7-7-2 overall record, while going 5-6-2 in the Foothills Council.

Foothills Council

Queensbury 11, Hudson Falls 0

HUDSON FALLS — The Foothills Council champion Lady Spartans poured in nine first-half goals in Thursday rout of Hudson Falls.

Izzy Dennison had a goal and three assists for Queensbury, while Sophia Keshmiri and Christina Cummings had two goals apiece. Brigid Duffy added a goal and two assists, while Bayley Duffy, Cassidy Ray, Kylie Potter, Alexandra Wallace and Allie Basila all scored a goal and Julia Keshmiri added two assists.

Danika Lindsay had 14 saves in goal for Hudson Falls, while Kaileigh Hunt made four stops for Queensbury (15-1-0 overall, 13-0 Foothills).

Center State Conference

Little Falls 4, Dolgeville 0

HERKIMER — The Little Falls Mounties locked up the Center State Conference Division II title with their victory over Dolgeville Thursday at Herkimer Community College.

Patricia Versluis had a goal and an assist for Little Falls, while Olivia Lindsay, Maria Battisti and Gabriella Sylstra added goals and Jadyn Hysack made 14 saves in net for the Mounties.

Dolgeville finishes the regular season with an 11-4-1 overall record, while Little Falls closes out the regular season with a 14-1-0 record.

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