Gloversville holds off Glens Falls, 5-3

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville girls soccer team found itself in an unfavorable situation against the Glens Falls Lady Indians.

After scoring the first goal of the game, the Lady Dragons lost momentum, gave up a pair of goals and trailed the Lady Indians 2-1 at the half.

The Lady Dragons regained their composure during the break and fired in four second-half goals to claim a 5-3 league victory Tuesday at Gloversville High School.

“I think we underestimated them because of the result [8-3 GHS victory] the first time,” Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. “We made some adjustments at the half and came out and really played our game. We dominated in the second half with a ton of scoring opportunities.”

Chanel Thomas got the Lady Dragons off to a fast start with her goal in the opening minutes of the match.

Then the momentum swung sharply in favor of the Lady Indians. Megan Kanofsky tied the game with her first goal of the match with 30:45 left in the opening half.

Kanofsky narrowly missed a second goal moments later when her shot off a breakaway hit the cross bar before Gloversville goalkeeper Emily Washburn scrambled to make the save.

Kanofsky did collect her second goal of the opening half on a high lofting shot from the right corner that settled into the net to give Glens Falls a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Gloversville wasted little time going for the equalizer after the break.

Thomas broke in on Glens Falls goalkeeper Demi Vanderheyden, who make the initial stop. Madison Fancher put the rebound back on net only to have it cleared by a Glens Falls defender. Caroline Bakyta struck the long rebound only to have it sail wide of the mark.

The Lady Dragons did not let the ball out of the Glens Falls defensive zone, and Thomas again struck a shot on goal that hit a defender. After a scramble in front of the goal, Fancher came through with the equalizer on a strong shot on goal that settled into the back of the net with 35:42 left to play.

Bakyta put the Lady Dragons up by one with 26:39 remaining when she finished off a breakaway for a 3-2 edge.

The lead did not last long as Kanofsky delivered her third goal of the match 36 seconds later to tie the game at three apiece.

With 24:17 remaining, the Lady Dragons got what proved to be the game-winner when Mykayla Akey-Clarke, who started the season on junior varsity, headed home a cross from Fancher for a 4-3 lead.

Fancher added an insurance goal with 22:53 remaining when she sent a high shot under the crossbar for the 5-3 final score.

Before entering the Section II Class A postseason tournament, the Lady Dragons have one league game remaining on their schedule, a road match against Queensbury before returning to the Gloversville High School pitch Monday for a non-league match against Amsterdam.

“We have a tough test Friday against Queensbury and then home against Amsterdam on Monday, and I think that game will be a tough game for us but will prepare us for sectionals,” Hallenbeck said. “We will do our best. That is one thing you can say about these girls, there is never a lack of effort. They always give it everything they’ve got. You can’t ask for a lot more than that.”