Dragons return to action, defeat Johnstown, 9-1

JOHNSTOWN — Playing for the first time two weeks, the Gloversville boys soccer team showed little sign of rust Saturday.

The Dragons scored six first-half goals on their way to a 9-1 Foothills Council victory over Johnstown at Knox Field.

After dropping a 2-1 decision at Queensbury in its season opener March 20, the entire Gloversville team was placed into a 10-day quarantine after a Queensbury player tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, the Dragons were sidelined for 10 days and only returned to practice late this week.

However, Gloversville found the net nine times in their first game in 14 days, with all but one of those goals coming with an assist.

Gloversville's Zachary Mattioni (2) controls the ball as JohnstownÕs Dom Colasanti, left, defends during Saturday's Foothills Council boys soccer contest at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“It’s great to be back on the field,” Gloversville coach Jim Yanno said. “I thought we played pretty well coming off such a long layoff. It’s been a while.”

Emran Abbas scored three goals for Gloversville, while Doug Cook finished with two goals and two assists. Tommy Kluska had a goal and four assists for the Dragons, while Kazuma Lomanto had a goal and an assist. Evan Renda and Paul Lomanto also scored for Gloversville, while Jordan Yanno added an assist.

Steve VanNostrand scored the lone goal for Johnstown on an assist from Trey Naselli.

Abba scored the game’s first two goals Saturday.

The first was assisted by Cook with 34 minutes left in the first half and the second was assisted by Jordan Yanno with 30:30 left in the opening half.

The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager GloversvilleÕs Tommy Kluska (6) and JohnstownÕs Garrett Bobowski, left, chase down a loose ball during SaturdayÕs Foothills Council boys soccer contest at Knox Field in Johnstown.

Cook extended the Gloversville lead to 3-0 with 25 minutes remaining in the first half with an unassisted goal before Kluska scored on an assist from Kazuma Lomanto with 23:40 to play in the first half to make it 4-0.

Kluska had the assist on each of the final two goals of the first half for the Dragons.

The first came with 6:15 to play on a goal by Cook, while the second was on a goal by Renda with 4:55 remaining,

“We moved the ball well today,” coach Yanno said.

After the break, Gloversville, which outshot Johnstown by a 28-7 margin, picked up where it left off when Kazuma Lomanto scored on an assist from Kluska to make it 7-0 with 24:56 to play.

Abbas netted his third goal of the game on an assist from Cook with 21:14 remaining, while Paul Lomanto scored the Dragons’ ninth and final goal. Paul Lomanto headed home a corner kick from Kluska to make it 9-0 with 14:40 to play.

Johnstown spoiled Gloversville’s shutout bid with 2:13 to play when VanNostrand scored on an assist from Trey Naselli.

“For the amount of people that aren’t here, I’m pleased,” Johnstown coach Naselli said. “We had several kids playing out of position, but they didn’t stop playing until the end. They gave it all they had and they just want to play soccer.”

Justin Kemmet made nine saves in 85 minutes for Gloversville, while Kluska made two saves after taking over in goal over the final five minutes of regulation.

Camron Sweet finished with 15 saves for Johnstown (0-6 overall, 0-6 Foothills), which is scheduled to face Ballston Spa on Tuesday at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School at 7:30 p.m.

Gloversville (1-1 overall, 1-1 Foothills) is slated to host Amsterdam on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Broadalbin-Perth 4, Amsterdam 0

AMSTERDAM — Sam Rogers connected for two goals and an assist to lead the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots to a 4-0 victory over Amsterdam in Foothills Council soccer action Saturday at the Lynch Literacy Academy field.

Nick Bianco added two goals for the Patriots (4-1-0 overall, 4-0-0 Foothills), while Ian Schwartz had two assists and Antonio D’aniello added an assist.

Amsterdam goal keeper Lucca Quantrini finished with eight saves on 12 Broadalbin-Perth shots on goal, while Luigi D’Aniello picked up his second shutout of the season with three saves on three Amsterdam shots.


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