Huskies lose to Schuylerville

GLOVERSVILLE – Sometimes the scoreboard doesn’t reflect a team’s effort.

That is true for the Gloversville field hockey team.

On Thursday, the Huskies finished on the short end of the 4-1 final score in their non-league match against Schuylerville, but coach Jacquie Davies was inspired by the young team’s effort.

“That is two good performances in non-league games,” she said. “It is hard to recreate what you are going to see against a team in practice. We have a third non-league game Saturday, and I’m sure we will see more improvement. They need to be able to see the whole field. It will come. I do see bright spots. At least we know what we need to work on the next day in practice.”

Schuylerville jumped out to a quick lead with a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of play.

However, the Huskies cut the lead in half with 11:41 left in the opening half.

The Huskies worked the ball around through the midfield and penetrated the Black Horses’ defense. Senior Kacie Handy fought off a defender to get a clean shot that found its way into the back of the cage to make the score 2-1.

After the goal, the Huskies played Schuylerville even until the final minutes of the half, when the Horses added another goal to send the game into intermission with Schuylerville up 3-1.

“They got a little discombobulated and were getting a little tired,” Davies said.

Schuylerville came off the break with a purpose and poked home a fourth goal with 27:29 left in the game for a 4-1 edge.

The Huskies regrouped and although giving up three penalty corners, limited the Horses’ scoring attempts, which goalkeeper Bailey Pieniazek was able to kick clear.

Gloversville began to pick up momentum in the final minutes, starting with Handy winning a ball in midfield and pushing it forward to Alyssa Rocas, who got into the offensive arc only to be meet by the Horses’ defense, which cleared the attempt away.

The Huskies kept the ball in their offensive zone, but the Schuylerville defense kept its composure to limit the Huskies looks at goal.

For the match, Schuylerville outshot Gloversville 24-5 with Pieniazek making 18 saves, while her counterpart Montana Rose collected four saves. The Horses received eight penalty corners in the match, while Gloversville had none.

Davies said Handy’s goal, the Huskies first of the season, was a team effort.

“There is a true team effort and they know everybody is out there trying to help each other and we got a goal out of it today,” Davies said. “Kacie’s leadership out there is essential, as is Bailey’s. They [the other players] respect their leadership.”

Gloversville (0-2 overall, 0-0 Foothills) will host Central Valley Academy, a new merged school combining Mohawk and Ilion, at 11 a.m. Saturday at gloversville High School.