Unbeaten Patriots edge Tartans in OT

Broadaldin-Perth still has its unbeaten season intact. Scotia-Glenville still has its pride. Justin
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Broadaldin-Perth still has its unbeaten season intact.

Scotia-Glenville still has its pride.

Justin Marek’s goal early in the second overtime period Wednesday gave the Patriots (7-0-3) a 3-2 win over the Tartans in a Foothills Council boys’ soccer game.

“I feel fortunate, because it’s hard to win here,” said Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry after his team took a two-goal lead, then watched Scotia take control of the game before Marek kept the Patriots’ loss column clean. “We had that 2-0 lead in the second half, and it really is the most dangerous lead.”

Scotia coach Chris Bailey was pleased that his team fought back and had chances to win the game.

“I think they all looked each other in the eye when it was 2-0,” Bailey said. “I wanted to see what they would do, if they were going to lay down. I’ve seen a lot of goals scored in five minutes.”

Both teams had one good scoring chance in a scoreless first half.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Dominic Kwiatkowski chipped a ball that beat Scotia goalkeeper Nick Leffler, only to hit the post. Scotia’s Country Moran ripped a shot just over the crossbar minutes later.

Two floating free kicks turned into goals for Broadalbin-Perth in the first 12 minutes of the second half.

Mark Sylvia’s 30-yard restart got over Leffler and under the crossbar 4:57 into the half, and seven minutes later, Scott Everson’s restart bounced free in the penalty area and Kwiatkowski ran onto the free ball and escorted it into the net.

“He’s dangerous,” said Bailey of Kwiatkowski, who came into the game with 23 goals in his team’s first 11 games. “We man-marked him the entire game, and he still had some chances.”

The goals were a needed lift for the Patriots, who had to adjust their style of play due to the uneven playing surface.

“We’re more of a possession team, but this field makes that difficult,” said Henry. “We had to go a lot more direct.”

“We like to play more possession, but we couldn’t because of the field,” said Tucker Wilcox, whose pass sent Marek in for the winning goal. “But getting a win here was big.”

Scotia came to life and got back into the game when Connor

Flaherty collected a long flip throw-in from Kullen Bailey and scored six minutes after Everson’s goal.

Chris Alescio tied the game four minutes later, driving home a free kick, and only Everson’s clearance off the goal line soon after kept the game tied.

Scotia continued to win the ball at midfield, and Moran banged a shot off the crossbar in the first 10-minute sudden-death overtime.

Broadalbin-Perth took no chances in the second OT, putting together a series of passes that got Marek free on the right side.

“The ball got played to me, and I could hear Justin screaming to me,” said Wilcox, whose pass turned the Scotia defense and got Marek room to cut in on goal.

“The winning goal was a good goal, from a good build-up,” said Bailey.

League-leading Broadalbin-Perth hosts Glens Falls and Gloversville (both under .500 in the league) before games at 7-3-0 Queensbury and 7-2-1 South Glens Falls to close the season.

“This was a valuable win as we head to sectionals,” said Henry. “And we’re still alive for our goal of winning the league.”

Bailey, whose team won the Class A title last year with a relentless three-forward attack that featured Chris Alescio, has had to alter his team’s style with Alescio slowed by a leg injury.

“I’d rather have 60 percent of him out there than not have him out there at all,” said Bailey. “But we’ve switched from a 3-4-3 to a 4-4-2 with Chris in midfield. Instead of three, we’re just using two up top, and they both like to run directly at goal.”

Scotia’s fourth league loss all but eliminated its chance of winning the Foothills title. But Bailey thinks his Tartans could make noise in the postseason.

“We’ve got four league losses, but I think we can be a dangerous team in sectionals,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to play us.”

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