Amsterdam edges Northville, 1-0

AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Lady Rams used a late goal to escape with a 1-0 victory over the Northville Lady Falcons on Monday at Lynch Middle School in Amsterdam.

The Lady Rams dominated the Lady Falcons for more than an hour Monday with only a scoreless tie to show for it. With 14 minutes remaining in the game, Monica Rouse launched a rocket over the head of Northville goalkeeper Taylor Fancher for the eventual game-winning goal.

The score wasn’t indicative of Amsterdam’s dominance. Northville only mustered two shots on goal during the game, with both coming in the second half.

Amsterdam had its first chance to score 11 minutes into the first half on a corner kick. Michaela Kilgallen leaped and put a header on goal that traveled just wide of the left post.

Later, Rouse led Madison Healy with a ball but offside was called as Healy broke free.

Northville struggled to get the ball into the 18-yard box, as the Lady Rams turned them away quickly each trip down. While Amsterdam had more success, neither team could mount a strong offensive attack in a scoreless first half.

While Tessa Hadland put Northville’s first shot on goal 13 minutes into the second frame, Amsterdam overpowered the Lady Falcons as the half progressed. From the 20-minute mark onward, the Lady Rams easily penetrated the Northville defense and had a legitimate chance to find the back of the net nearly every trip down the field.

Healy fired two shots that just missed for Amsterdam; one hit off the post and the other rolled harmlessly parallel to the goal line after squirting through the hands of Fancher. Catie Fedullo whiffed on a ball in front of a crowded net as the Rams were denied multiple times at the goal in a matter of seconds. With a buzzing crowd sensing their home team was close, Rouse netted the first and only goal of the game for either team.

The Lady Rams outshot the Lady Falcons 14-2 in the game, including 10-2 in the second half. Fancher made seven saves for Northville before being replaced by Mallory Hook due to injury with 1:18 remaining in the contest. Cassandra Robataille tallied five saves on the night for Amsterdam.

Fancher finished with 10 saves for Northville (4-6 overall).

Amsterdam will experience a double dose of Lady Falcons in a quick turnaround, as they welcome the Lady Falcons of Albany tonight at 7 p.m. Northville will take on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Lady Bulldogs in a 4:15 p.m. tilt on Wednesday.