BROADALBIN — The 12th annual Robin Blowers Pink Out was a success on and off the field Saturday for the Broadalbin-Perth boys’ soccer program.
On the field, the Patriots improved to 11-1 in Pink Out contests with a 4-0 non-league victory over Cobleskill-Richmondville at Patriot Field.
Off the field, the Pink Out raised more than $6,000 for the American Cancer Society, as the day included a fun run, vendors, raffles, a food truck and fireworks. Since its inception in 2009, the Pink Out has raised approximately $70,000
“It’s gotten to the point where soccer had kind of taken a back seat to the rest of the event,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry said. “It was great to have the event back after a year off because of the pandemic. It was a big crowd and it felt great to have it be back to normal.”
Nick Bianco led Broadalbin-Perth on the field, scoring three times in the win. Sam Rogers added a goal and an assist for the Patriots, while Luke Barnhart and Antonio D’Aniello each had an assist.
The Patriots wasted little time getting on the board Saturday, when Bianco scored after a flip throw by Barnhart deep in the Cobleskill-Richmondville end of the field.
Bianco’s goal was one of three first-half tallies by B-P, which led 3-0 at the break.
“Broadalbin-Perth is a very good team,” Hotaling said. “I thought we were in it for a little bit, but not long enough.”
Bianco struck again with 22:55 to play in the first half to make it 2-0.
Rogers capped the first-half scoring on an assist from D’Aniello to make it 3-0 at the break.
In the second half, B-P scored the game’s final goal when Bianco completed his hat trick on an assist from Rogers, making the final score 4-0.
Ian Schwartz made four saves to post his fourth straight shutout for the Patriots, who outshot Cobleskill-Richmondville by a 13-4 margin.
Kale Wayman and Mike Lent combined to make nine saves for the Bulldogs.
At halftime of the game, players from both teams lined up to honor cancer survivors and those battling cancer.
“Sometimes things are bigger than the game,” Hotaling said. “This was a great event to be part of. It was special stuff to take part in.”
The Patriots have outscored the opposition 50-9 in Pink Out games. The Patriots have faced Gloversville four times, Johnstown five times, and Queensbury and Amsterdam once. This was Cobleskill-Richmondville’s first appearance in the game. Johnstown is the only opponent to defeat B-P in a Pink Out game, winning 5-3 in 2018.
“I want to thank Cobleskill-Richmondville for rearranging its schedule to accommodate the Pink Out,” Henry said.
The Pink Out began in 2009 as a way to honor and support former Broadalbin-Perth Principal Robin Blowers, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier that year. Though Blowers succumbed to the disease in 2015 at the age of 59, the Pink Out is one of many ways her legacy lives on at B-P
“Even though Robin is no longer with us, her legacy lives with this event,” Henry said. “I can’t thank the organizing committee enough for everything they do. This event has a lot of moving parts and they just pulled everything off flawlessly. It’s just a special day.”
Broadalbin-Perth (12-2 overall) is scheduled to travel to Scotia-Glenville on Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. contest before hosting Glens Falls on Friday in its regular-season finale at 4:30 p.m.
“I’m really happy with the result and we’re getting healthier,” Henry said. “The regular season is quickly coming to an end. We’ve only got two left, so we’re looking to finish strong.”
Cobleskill-Richmondville (4-9 overall) is slated to take part in the Colonial Council playoffs this week.
“We’re hoping to finish strong and get into sectionals,” Hotaling said.