GLOVERSVILLE – What a difference two weeks makes.
Just 13 days ago, the Gloversville boys’ soccer team suffered its second straight loss and saw another of its players suffer a season-ending injury.
Since then, the Dragons have regrouped to win their last three outings, including a 13-0 victory over Johnstown on Wednesday in a Foothills Council South Division contest.
“We’ve had some players step up nicely,” Gloversville coach Jim Yanno said. “It’s been a real team effort. We’re still hanging in there and playing pretty well.”
Back on Sept. 16, the Dragons dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Broadalbin-Perth just two days after a one-goal loss at South Glens Falls. Making matters worse for Gloversville was that it lost senior Tommy Kluska to a season-ending foot injury after losing another senior, Drew Callen, earlier in the season to an injury.
Though they aren’t able to help on the field, both Callen and Kluska are still contributing to the team.
“Tommy and Drew have been helping out at practice and are still a big part of the team even though they are out,” coach Yanno said.
Gloversville had little trouble against the Sir Bills on Wednesday, jumping out to a three-goal lead before the game was even 10 minutes old.
The Dragons led 9-0 at the half on their way to the win.
James Collar led the Gloversville offense with five goals and three assists, while Kazuma Lomanto had two goals and four assists. Jordan Yanno netted three goals for the Dragons, while Doug Cook had a goal and an assist. Noah Clo also scored for Gloversville, while Justin Kemmet and Alex Rosmarino each had an assist. The Dragons also benefited for an own goal by the Sir Bills.
All but three of Gloversville’s 13 goals were assisted.
“We had some nice goals tonight,” coach Yanno said. “We passed the ball well.”
After opening its season with a 3-2 non-league win at Schoharie, Johnstown has lost its last eight games.
Despite the struggles, Johnstown coach Nicole Naselli said that her team’s effort hasn’t waned.
“We are a young team. We’re still working hard and learning,” she said. “My players never get down. They go all out every game and that’s all I can ask as a coach. They have heart and love to play the game.”
Justin Kemmet made four saves to post his fourth shutout of the season in goal for the Dragons, who posted a 10-1 win over the Sir Bills on Sept. 9 in Johnstown.
Kaden Chittenden made 17 saves for the Sir Bills, who have been outscored 92-5 through nine games this season.
“Our goalie had an awesome game against a strong offensive team,” Naselli said of Chittenden’s effort.
Prior to the game, Gloversville honored its 10 seniors.
Bryan Belknap, Callen, Clo, Cook, Dane Dillenback, Cooper Graham, Kemmet, Kluska, Lomanto and Alex Rosmarino were recognized during the pre-game ceremony.
Coach Yanno said his senior-laden squad is looking to finish the season with a flourish.
“We’re hoping to have a good finish to the season,” he said.
Johnstown (1-8 overall, 0-7 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Broadalbin-Perth on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. contest. Gloversville (6-2 overall, 6-2 Foothills) is slated to travel to Hudson Falls on Friday at 4:30 p.m. before hosting Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville is a good team,” coach Yanno said. “That should be a good game.”
Halftime: Gloversville led 9-0. Johnstown scoring: None. Gloversville scoring: Collar 5-3, Lomanto 2-4, Yanno 3-0, Cook 1-1, Clo 1-0, Kemmet 0-1, Rosmarino 0-1. Goalies: Johnstown, Chittenden, 17 saves. Gloversville, Kemmet, 4 saves.