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Johnstown rolls past Gloversville, 15-0

Johnstown's Anna Lee (4) controls the ball during Monday's Foothills Council field hockey game against Gloversville at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — On a day when its starters played just one quarter, the Johnstown field hockey team got a glimpse of its not-too-distant future Monday at Knox Field.

The Lady Bills rolled to a 15-0 Foothills Council victory over Gloversville in a game that saw nine different players score.

“I only let the starters play the first quarter,” Johnstown coach Christina Krempa said. “Minus [sophomore] Emily [Pertell] and [junior]Kalena [Eaton], I was able to put different people in and get a look at what next fall will be like. It will be here sooner than we think.”

Jena Barker had three goals and an assist for Johnstown, while Cole Krempa had two goals and two assists.

Alexa Savage finished with two goals and an assist for the Lady Bills, Taryn Ringer and Mackenzie Heffernan each scored twice and Kalena Eaton had a goal and two assists. Anna Lee, Reegan Wilcox and Parker Klingbeil also scored for Johnstown, while Emily Fleming, Ayaka Sasaki, Caroline Krempa and Wilcox all had assists.

“I was happy that we were able to put goals in despite playing different players,” coach Krempa said.

Johnstown got rolling quickly as Ringer scored on an assist from Fleming with 13:20 remaining in the first quarter.

Cole Krempa scored an unassisted goal with 12:05 remaining to make it 2-0 before Ringer scored on an Cole Krempa assist to make it 3-0 with 8:15 to play in the first quarter.

Savage scored her first goal of the game on an assist from Eaton with 2:23 remaining and Eaton also assisted on a goal by Lee that made it 5-0 with 1:11 left in the first quarter.

Eaton capped the first-quarter scoring with an unassisted goal with four seconds remaining to make it 6-0.

With the starters on the sidelines, the Lady Bills picked up where they left off, scoring five times in the second quarter to take an 11-0 halftime lead.

Heffernan scored the first two goals of the quarter with 13:58 and 6:17 remaining, respectively, with Wilcox picking up the assist on the second goal.

Savage scored on a Cole Krempa assist to give Johnstown a 9-0 lead before Sasaki assisted on a goal by Cole Krempa with 1:01 left in the half to make it 10-0.

Wilcox finished the first-half scoring on an assist from Barker with just one second remaining to make it 11-0 at the break.

Klingbeil scored the only goal of the third quarter on a penalty stroke with 12:25 left.

In the final quarter, Barker scored all three goals for Johnstown.

The first came on a Savage assist with 13:33 to play, while Caroline Krempa assisted on the second with 4:46 remaining.

Barker’s third and final goal was unassisted with 2:36 to play to make the final score 15-0.

“We’ve got a young team. They tried hard and learned a lot,” Gloversville coach Amy Romeyn said. “They just stick with it every game. They don’t give up and they play right to the end.”

Emilia Haverly didn’t need to make a save to post her sixth shutout of the season in goal for Johnstown, which outshot Gloversville 29-0.

The Lady Bills also finished with a 13-0 advantage in penalty corners.

Aaron McDuffie made 14 saves for Gloversville.

“Playing good teams is how you learn and Johnstown is a good team,” Romeyn said.

Johnstown (7-0 overall, 6-0 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Bethlehem on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. contest before traveling to Gloversville on Saturday for a make-up game at 10 a.m.

Gloversville (0-8 overall, 0-7 Foothills) is slated to travel to Queensbury on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. game.

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