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Schuylerville battles Lady Bills to a 2-2 draw

Johnstown's Roslyn Chapin (3) heads the ball during Saturday's Foothills Council girls soccer crossover contest against Schuylerville at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN– In a way, it was a fitting end to a most unusual season.

The Johnstown and Schuylerville girls soccer teams played to a 2-2 draw after 80 minutes of regulation Saturday in a Foothills Council crossover contest at Knox Field.

As both teams prepared to play the overtime sessions, the referees left the field, leaving the game knotted at 2-2 and providing a bizarre ending to the Fall II season.

“We play overtime in Foothills Council games,” Johnstown coach Erica Fitzpatrick said. “It’s unfortunate that the teams weren’t able to play their final game of the season to the end.”

Fitzpatrick’s Schuylerville counterpart Paul Rogan agreed.

Johnstown’s Chelsea Johnson (25) and Schuylerville’s Alexis Hewitt (18) chase down a loose ball during Saturday’s Foothills Council girls soccer crossover contest at Knox Field in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“It was a weird end to a weird year,” he said.

Had the teams been able to play overtime, it would have been the second overtime contest between the Lady Bills and the Black Horses.

Schuylerville won the first meeting in Johnstown, 2-1 in overtime, on March 27 at Knox Field.

On Saturday, Jaidyn Chest and Abby Chest scored for the Lady Bills, while Anna Armstrong scored both goals for the Black Horses.

Johnstown got off to a slow start in the first half as the Lady Bills were outshot by a 15-3 margin in the first 40 minutes.

Despite Schuylerville applying pressure throughout the opening half, it was the Lady Bills that opened the scoring when Jaidyn Chest converted a penalty kick seven minutes into the game.

The Black Horses controlled the action for the remainder of the first half, scoring twice to take a 2-1 halftime lead.

Armstrong tied the game at 1-1 with 26 minutes left in the opening half on an assist from Riley Keefer.

With 13 minutes left in the opening half, Armstrong gave her team the lead scoring on a rebound after a scramble in front of the Johnstown goal to make it 2-1.

The second half began with the Black Horses pushing for an insurance goal before Johnstown made a late charge.

The Lady Bills got the equalizer with three minutes left in regulation when Abby Chest scored on an assist from Bentley Lane to tie the game at 2-2.

Neither side scored the rest of the way and with no overtime session, the teams ended the Fall II season with a draw.

“Overall, we played well,” Fitzpatrick said. “We started out flat, which we usually go. Once things clicked, we got going. If we had a couple more minutes, it might have been a different outcome.”

Claire Hoblock-Pelletier made two first-half saves for Schuylerville, while Rachael Stortz played the second half and didn’t make a save.

Johnstown keeper Hope Buboltz made 14 saves.

The Lady Bills finished the Fall II season with a 5-8-1 overall record.

It was the final game for Johnstown seniors Buboltz, Grace Giarrizzo, Mina Baldwin and Abby VandeWalker.

“The seniors will be missed,” Fitzpatrick said. “All of them have been tremendous assets to our program.”

The Johnstown coach said she thinks that the Fall II season will help her team when it returns to its regular time of year next fall.

“Just having to step up and play this spring helped us create players we wouldn’t normally have,” Fitzpatrick said. “The girls made the best of a tough situation and it made them better. I’m proud of all of them and I’m glad that they got the opportunity to get on the field this year.”

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