Patriots defeat Gloversville 3-0 to give coach Henry win 199
GLOVERSVILLE — After dropping a 4-0 Foothills Council match to Scotia-Glenville on their home turf, the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots were looking to return to their winning form.
Facing the Gloversville Dragons at Gloversville High School is always a tough matchup for the Patriots. However, after creating opportunities in a back-and-forth battle with the Dragons throughout the opening half, Nick Bianco broke through with a goal with 1:10 left in the half to settle the Patriots down as they tacked on a pair of second-half goals for a 3-0 league win over Gloversville Thursday at Gloversville High School.
“We absolutely laid an egg against Scotia,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry said. “We addressed that yesterday in practice. We knew today was going to be a really tough game against Gloversville. We came out at the first whistle and tried to set the tone for the match and I think we did that. We possessed the ball very well and were aggressive when we needed to be. It was a nice rebound for us. What made me happy was our effort because we didn’t have much of it the other day.”
Solid efforts by both defenses and respective goalkeepers — Ian Swartz for Broadalbin-Perth and Justin Kemmet for Gloversville — kept the game deadlocked at zero throughout the majority of the first half.
Pressure by the Patriots paid off late in the opening half .
Sam Rogers fed a ball deep into the box that Bianco put on net and Kemmet initially mae the stop. The ball came loose and Bianco was in position to put the rebound away for a 1-0 halftime advantage.
Bianco again found the back of the net, this time off an assist from Carter Iannotti to put the score at 2-0 with 22 minutes left to play.
The Dragons pushed to get the goals back with Drew Callen, Emran Abbas, Thomas Kluska and Kazuma Lomanto all making strong runs at goal only to be turned away by the Patriots defense.
Rogers broke through for his 17th goal of the season off an assist from Antonio D’aniello with 10 minutes left in the match to ice the victory
“It [Bianco’s goal before halftime] was huge,” Henry said. “The guys were working hard and creating some opportunities but not rewarding themselves for it. To pop that goal in just before the half was a real momentum changer. I think it gave the guys some confidence going into the second half and it showed. I think the second half was stronger than our first half.”
For the Dragons, the loss snaps a two game Foothills Council win streak.
“I don’t think the scoreboard reflects the kind of game this really was,” Gloversville coach Jim Yanno said. “It was not a 3-0 blowout. It was a lot of back-and-forth and we had our chances but couldn’t get out shots off. I thought we had a very good effort today and we able to move the ball. They are a very good team and their defense was able to stop our attack but we still got some good shots off.”
The victory puts Henry at 199 wins in his varsity coaching career at Broadalbin-Perth High School. The Patriots will look to give him victory 200 when they travel to Knox Field in Johnstown to face the Johnstown Sir Bills at noon.
“It is certainly not about me, it is a tribute to all the teams,” Henry said. “I am hopeful we can get it on Saturday and having these guys do it would be nice. But let’s face it; all of the teams from back in 2002 through 2021 have made this happen and we have had some success along the way. It has been a nice ride. I am proud of all my teams that got us to this point.”
SCOTIA — Kofi Jack converted on a penalty kick with 15 minutes left in the match to break a 1-1 tie and lift Scotia-Glenville to victory over Queensbury Thursday at Scotia-Glenville High School.
The teams played to a scoreless draw in the opening half. Queensbury broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute when Jude Jordi-Donnelly converted on a penalty kick for a 1-0 advantage.
The Tartans battled back and four minutes later tied the match when Sam Storti finished a centering pass from Jack to knot the score at one apiece before Jack got the game winner on a PK in the 65th minute.
The Tartans (6-1 overall, 5-1 Foothills) held a 12-11 advantage in shots on goal and 5-2 in corner kicks.
Queensbury drops to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Western Athletic Conference
Bishop Gibbons 0
ALBANY — Charlie Clarke connected for three goals and two assists to lead Galway to the victory Thursday at Affrim’s Sports Park.
Braden Boudreau and Mike Zelezniak added two goals apiece for the Golden Eagles, while Rowan Smith had a goal and two assists to go with a goal from Chris Maher and assists from Anthony Powers and Colin Anderson.
For the match, Galway outshot Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 30-2 and held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
It is the fourth-straight shut out for Galway (5-0 overall, 5-0 WAC). The Golden Eagles have outscored their opponents 33-2 so far this season.
OESJ 6, Fort Plain 0
FONDA — Mason Snell and Andrew Snell scored two goals apiece to lead OESJ to a 6-0 Western Athletic Conference victory over Fort Plain Thursday at Fonda-Fultonville High School.
Dylan Barnes and Ian Hayes added goals for the Wolfpack, while Andrew Snell, Conner Clark and Jordon Simzer contributed assists.
Travis LaFountain picked up the shut out for OESJ with one save in goal, while Robert Jordon made six stops in net for the Hilltoppers.
Duanesburg 5, Galway 1
GALWAY — Duanesburg got a pair of goals and and assist from Val Schaefer as the Eagles turned back Galway 5-1 in Western Athletic Conference action Thursday at Galway High School.
Anna Miesenburg finished an assist from Izzy Mancini to account for the Galway scoring and Hannah French made eight stops in goal for the Golden Eagles.
Olivia Harris added a goal and two assists for Duanesburg, while Marissa james and Brooke Greco both scored for the Eagles.