BROADALBIN — With a showdown for the Foothills Council South Division title looming, the Broadalbin-Perth girls’ soccer team posted a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Schuylerville on Thursday at Patriot Field.
“We absolutely weren’t looking ahead to the Scotia game,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Rob Klug said. “We knew Schuylerville was going to be a difficult team to play against and they were for sure.”
Both teams were playing for the second-straight day as B-P posted a 4-0 win over Gloversville on Wednesday, while Schuylerville dropped a 2-1 decision to South Glens Falls.
“This was a fun, fair game for sure,” Schuylerville coach Paul Rogan said. “I thought that Broadalbin-Perth played well. They’re definitely one of the stronger teams in Class B.”
The Patriots can now turn their attention to Scotia-Glenville on Tuesday in a game that will decide the South Division title. The teams tied 2-2 on Sept. 17 in Broadalbin.
Julia Mycek scored the only goal of the game for B-P, which posted its 10th shutout in 14 games this season.
Keeper Mairead Marsden, along with defenders Alayna Preston, Jules Huckans, Emma Morey and Mycek, have combined to allow just nine goals all season.
“We defend as a whole team,” Klug said. “The defenders at the back have done a good job and [sweeper] Alayna [Preston] has stepped up into a new role and really embraced it.”
In the first half, the Patriots outshot the Black Horses 7-2 but weren’t able to capitalize as the game went into the half scoreless.
“We were a little unlucky in the first half,” Klug said. “We hit the post and had plenty of chances but we weren’t able to finish.”
The game remained tied until Mycek lofted a shot from 35 yards out into the net for the game’s only goal with 25:39 remaining.
“That was a good strike from Julia,” Klug said. “I always tell them to put the ball in the box and make things happen.”
From there, the B-P defense did what it has done all season, keeping the Black Horses’ offense in check to close out the Patriots’ 11th win of the season.
“The girls did what they had to do today,” Klug said. “We bent but didn’t break, and we were able to put one in.”
Marsden finished with three saves for B-P, while Claire Pelletier-Hoblock made eight stops for Schuylerville.
“We’re trying to focus on one game at a time and enjoy each game,” Klug said. “This was a big win for us over another Class B school. Now, we can start to prepare for Scotia on Tuesday.”
Broadalbin-Perth (11-1-2 overall, 9-1-1 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Scotia-Glenville on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. game.
Schuylerville (7-6-1, 6-5) is slated to host Glens Falls on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
“We’ve really got to get healthy,” Rogan said. “Hopefully, this break will help us do that. If we can go into sectionals healthy, we should be in good shape.”
Halftime score: Tied 0-0. Schuylerville scoring: None. Broadalbin-Perth scoring: Mycek 1-0. Goalies: Schuylerville, Pelletier-Hoblock, 8 saves. Broadalbin-Perth, Marsden, 3 saves.