Lady Bills, Bulldogs battle to 2-2 tie

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Lady Bills put together a valiant comeback effort but settled for a 2-2 tie with the South Glens Falls Lady Bulldogs after they couldn’t overcome a cold start on a chilly night Tuesday at Johnstown High School.

The Lady Bills looked out of sync early on, allowing the first goal of the game to Michaela Cahill with just 1:42 gone in the first half.

South High peppered Johnstown goalkeeper Briana Esposito with shots early and often. The Lady Bulldogs got 10 shots off before Megan Anagnostopulos put Johnstown’s first shot on goal with 19 minutes remaining in the half.

The Lady Bills were not without chances, however. Midway through the half, Jordyn Hale led Morganne Dick with a ball that ended up just beyond the feet of Dick. Mallory Baldwin got a shot off that went wide of the net later in the half.

South Glens Falls reached the majority of loose balls and won many 50/50 balls on their way to outshooting Johnstown 16-2 in the half. Lexi Potter added a goal for the Lady Bulldogs with one minute remaining to give her team a 2-0 lead that they would carry into halftime.

“We just didn’t play to our full ability,” said Johnstown head coach Colleen Froschauer of her team’s first-half play.

There was a scary moment five minutes into the second half when South Glens Falls’ midfielder Shannon Curley hit the ground and rolled around in pain due to an apparent lower leg injury. Curley was down on the field for about two minutes before being carried off the field by coaches. Alexa Brown replaced her.

The Lady Bills played much more aggressively in the second half. With South Glens Falls goalie Elyse Green out of the net defending, Dick was able to tap a ball in through Lady Bulldog defenders for Johnstown’s first score of the game.

South Glens Falls was held to just nine shots in the second half, many of which were launched with much less accuracy. Despite the evening of time of possession in the half, South Glens Falls was able to fend off the Lady Bills’ offensive attack until Dick found the back of the net for the game-tying goal with 2:31 remaining. Johnstown had one more chance to score in regulation as they tried to force a ball in through a crowded net as time expired, to no avail.

One of Johnstown’s best chances in the first overtime period came just 30 seconds in when Dick sent an open shot just left of the post. The two teams battled into a second overtime, when Johnstown’s Diana Horning repeatedly turned South Glens Falls away in the first minute. Lauren Vetter crushed a ball just over the crossbar with seven minutes left in the second extra period, and both teams’ goalkeepers made diving saves in the waning minutes to keep the score knotted at two apiece.

“The girls showed up after halftime and they dominated the second half and both overtimes,” Froschauer said. “They just played to how well they know they can play, and I think if we played that way in the first half it would have been a different game.”

South Glens Falls outshot Johnstown 33-9 in the contest. Esposito registered 13 saves for the Lady Bills, while Green had two for the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bills’ record now stands at 3-3-1 overall. Johnstown will look to get back to their winning ways at home against the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots on Friday at 7 p.m.