Patriots cruise past Dragons, 4-1

BROADALBIN – Entering the final days of the 2013 season, the two-time defending Foothills Council champion Broadalbin-Perth boys soccer team finds itself trailing South Glens Falls and Queensbury by one game in the league standings.

On Monday night, the Patriots kept pace with the Bulldogs and Spartans, defeating Gloversville 4-1on the turf at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

South High and Queensbury both posted victories Monday to stay deadlocked atop the Foothills standings. South High defeated Johnstown 5-0, while Queensbury edged Glens Falls 2-1. Scotia-Glenville beat Hudson Falls 5-2 in the other Foothills Council match Monday.

“We were patient early in the first half, worked the ball around and picked our spots to attack,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry said. “The second half we continued to work the ball and work on a few things. We are doing a good job but I don’t believe we are playing our best soccer yet.”

Coming off a solid outing that ended in a 2-1 non-league loss in overtime to Amsterdam on Saturday, Gloversville (2-6-0 Foothills, 2-7-0 overall) contained the Patriots attack in the midfield.

However, the Patriots patiently moved the ball looking for seams in the Dragons’ defense.

Just over five minutes into the match, Connor Monks pushed a diagonal pass through the Dragons’ defense, setting up a 50-50 ball between striker Logan Ackley and Gloversville goalkeeper Kyle Royal. Royal slid to cover the ball, but Ackley got there a half-stride ahead to win the ball. He then beat a final Gloversville defender backing up the play to finish the play for a 1-0 lead.

The Patriots stayed on the attack but were turned back by Royal and the Gloversville defense, until Ryan Dingman bent a direct kick from 21-yards out around a wall of Gloversville defenders and into the lower right corner for a 2-0 lead with 21:49 left in the half.

The Patriots tallied a third first-half goal with 14:59 remaining when Ackley drove a pass from Scott Everson off the crossbar that Justin Marek was in position to collect and fire back on goal for the score and a 3-0 edge.

Gloversville began building a rhythm in its game late in the half that resulted in a pair of solid attempts on goal from Thomas Kirk but they could not cut into the Broadalbin-Perth lead by the half.

Play in the second half settled into a battle between the 18-yard boxes with neither team able to gain an advantage.

Gloversville capitalized on a scoring opportunity with 6:23 remaining.

After pushing the ball deep into the Patriots’ defensive zone, Salem Alikhan sent a pass across the goalmouth that Brandon Jablonski was in position on the far post to finish to trim B-P’s lead to 3-1.

The Patriots quickly responded when Ackley finished off a throw in from Everson with 4:43 remaining for the 4-1 final.

“Broadalbin is a good team, and they beat us in every aspect tonight,” Gloversville coach Paul Ligon said. “We did not come to play with the intensity tonight that we did the last game against Amsterdam.”

For the match, Broadalbin-Perth outshot Gloversville 24-5 and held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Royal made 12 stops in goal for the Dragons, while Devin Page collected two saves for B-P.

Broadalbin-Perth (7-2-0 Foothills, 9-2-0 overall) will return to the pitch Thursday to face Scotia-Glenville (6-3-0 Foothills) in Scotia before traveling for a showdown with South Glens Falls on Oct. 7.