Scotia-Glenville boys’ soccer coach Keith Jack centered his team’s recently completed “Fall II” season around two concepts: respect and intensity.
“Those were the two big keywords,” Scotia-Glenville senior co-captain Sam Storti said. “It’s a balance of being respectful, but also getting into it and getting intense with the other team.”
Respect? That showed for a Tartans team that accrued just one yellow card the entire season.
Intensity? That was evident any time the team took the pitch, especially Saturday as Scotia-Glenville pulled out a hard-fought 1-0 overtime win against Queensbury on a Kofi Jack goal to earn the program its first Foothills Council championship since earning a share of the title in 2012.
“That was the winning formula for us this year,” Keith Jack said.
Finishing things off with Saturday’s thrilling win was the perfect exclamation mark on the season.
“It was a great win for the school, a great win for the program,” Keith Jack said. “It couldn’t have happened to a better bunch of seniors.”
Saturday ended up being a banner day all around for Scotia-Glenville soccer. As the boys were taking their overtime win over Queensbury, the Tartans girls’ team was also earning its spot at the top of the Foothills with a win against Queensbury, taking down the Spartans 2-0 to avenge a 4-3 loss from less than three weeks earlier.
That win for the Scotia-Glenville girls, which came courtesy of goals from Morgan Nichter and Rylee O’Connor, finished off a torrid stretch to end the season. After losing to Queensbury on April 12, the Tartans won their final five Foothills games by a combined score of 23-0.
In fact, only one team other than Queensbury scored against Scotia-Glenville in Foothills play during the Fall II season — Gloversville, which scratched across one goal in a 10-1 Scotia win.
The Scotia boys had a few more close calls during their season that finished with an 11-3 overall record, but Keith Jack’s team still outscored its Foothills opponents 51-8.
When things did get close, the team always seemed to find the crucial goal at the right moment. Scotia-Glenville won four of its five one-goal games, with Kofi Jack — who tied with Storti for the team lead with 16 goals — scoring the game-winners in three of those matches.
Keith Jack heaped praise on his three senior captains — Storti, Aidan Nichter and Micah Hughes — for leading the team through a hectic, shortened season that was moved to the Fall II period by the Foothills Council due to COVID-19 restrictions. During the traditional fall season, the Foothills only sponsored competition in a pair of “low” risk sports, cross country and golf.
Storti was one of the team’s main offensive engines, providing nine assists along with his 16 goals. Nichter was the speedy linchpin of a defense that recorded seven shutouts who, according to Keith Jack, “made it possible for us to play the way we played.” Hughes, in addition to his on-field contributions, had “the perfect attitude” and helped foster a light, convivial attitude inside the team.
“They really did come together,” Keith Jack said. “It was really great leadership from the seniors, the captains. We had that great leadership from the seniors, and they really kept everybody together. It made my job really easy.”
It was a group that was easy to lead, Storti said.
“We all clicked,” Storti said. “I think just having that chemistry, having that work ethic really carried us through the season.”
That team chemistry was something that Storti said helped the Tartans band together Saturday as they fought through 80-plus scoreless minutes with Queensbury.
They stuck together, he said, and found the extra gear needed to secure the win.
“Eventually,” he said. “we got to put one in the back of the net.
“It’s even more special for me and my three other seniors on the team, the fact that it was our last game, and it had been for a while that we hadn’t won a Foothills title. It’s a very special moment.”