Patriots blank Chatham in sectional opener

BROADALBIN – Over the past four years, the Broadalbin-Perth and Chatham boys soccer teams have become familiar postseason foes.

The teams met for the third time in four years Wednesday, and the third-seeded Patriots posted a 4-0 win over the 13th-seeded Panthers in a first-round Class B contest.

Justin Marek scored two goals for the Patriots, while Connor Monks had a goal and an assist. Logan Ackley also scored for B-P, while Scott Everson had two assists. Claudio Mastrocinque added an assist for the Patriots.

Broadalbin-Perth, which posted a 5-0 win over Chatham in the quarterfinals last year, got out of the gates quickly, scoring twice in the first 13:23 of the game.

“When we’re moving the ball well, like we’re capable of, things click for us,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry said.

Monks opened the scoring for the Patriots, finding the net on an assist from Everson with 35:19 remaining in the first half.

Marek pushed the lead to 2-0, tucking the ball inside the right post on an assist from Everson.

Ackley gave B-P a 3-0 lead on an assist from Monks, closing out the first-half scoring with 13:49 remaining in the half.

Chatham found its footing late in the first half and carried the momentum into the second half.

“I liked the way we responded at the end of the first half,” Chatham coach Justin Forrest said. “In the second half, we at least played them competitive.”

The Panthers played the Patriots even for most of the half, generating much more offense than in the first 40 minutes of play.

“I thought we played extremely well in the first half, but our level of play tailed off in the second half,” Henry said. “We gave Chatham some legit opportunities in the second half. Anytime you’re in sectional play, it’s never an easy game.”

Marek scored the lone goal of the second half for B-P on an assist from Mastrocinque, making the final score 4-0.

Devin Page made five saves for Broadalbin-Perth, which posted its 11th shutout victory of the season.

Jameson Connor made eight saves for Chatham.

“It’s always good to move on,” Henry said. “It’s nice to get another home game and nice to play on the turf in a familiar setting.”

Broadalbin-Perth (14-3) will host defending Section II Class C champion Hoosick Falls on Saturday at 5 p.m. The sixth-seeded Panthers reached the state Class C final four last season before moving up to Class B this year. Hoosick Falls topped 11th-seeded Cairo-Durham, 4-1, on Wednesday.

“Hoosick Falls is a very good team. We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Henry said.

Chatham finished its season with a 5-11-1 overall record.