With a total of two wins between them, the Johnstown and Fonda-Fultonville boys’ soccer teams were looking to double their win totals when they faced off Monday in a non-league contest at Johnstown High School.
In a back-and-forth battle, the Braves emerged with a 2-1 victory.
“It was a good game and I expected it to be,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Matt Bloom said. “Both teams are comparable to one another. We’re both young and we’re both building.”
Will Hernigle had a goal and an assist for the Braves, while Allen Booth also scored. Mike Carpenter added an assist for FFCS.
Elijah Jones scored the lone goal for Johnstown, while Keegan Elston had an assist.
After a scoreless first half that saw FFCS hold a slim 5-4 advantage in shots, the Braves came out firing in the second half.
Carpenter and Hernigle both had shots stopped by Johnstown keeper Kaden Chittenden in the first nine minutes of the second half.
Despite the early second-half pressure by the Braves, the game remained scoreless.
Booth finally broke through for Fonda-Fultonville on an assist from Hernigle with 13:21 remaining in the game.
Johnstown answered with 10:33 to play when Jones scored on an assist from Elston to tie the game at 1-1.
“My team played awesome today,” Johnstown coach Nicole Naselli said. “We played hard right to the end.”
The Braves regained the lead with 8:50 to play when Herningle scored the game-winning goal on an assist from Carpenter.
Johnstown nearly tied the game on a direct kick by Trey Naselli that found the back of the net from just outside the box as time expired.
However, the referees ruled that the goal came too late as Fonda-Fultonville hung on for the win.
After going 0-9-1 in its first 10 games, Fonda-Fultonville won for the second time in its last three games.
“We played a great game,” Bloom said. “It’s good to come out of it with a win.”
Austin Araya made two saves in the first half for FFCS, while Sam Kosiba made one stop in the second half.
Chittenden finished with six saves for Johnstown, which dropped its 11th straight game after opening the season with a 3-2 win over Schoharie.
“We’ve got a busy week ahead of us,” coach Naselli said. “We’re off tomorrow, but we’ve got four games in five days after that.”
Johnstown (1-11 overall) is scheduled to host Amsterdam on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Sir Bills then play three straight road games to wrap up the week and the regular season. Johnstown will travel to Scotia-Glenville on Friday for a 6 p.m. game, before heading to Amsterdam on Saturday for a 10 a.m. game. The busy week ends Sunday, with a trip to Glens Falls for a 1 p.m. contest.
Fonda-Fultonville (2-11-1 overall) is scheduled to host Northville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Galway on Friday for its regular-season finale at 4:15 p.m.
Fonda-Fultonville 2, Johnstown 1
Halftime: Tied 0-0. Fonda-Fultonville scoring: Booth 1-0, Hernigle 1-1, Carpenter 0-1. Johnstown scoring: Jones 1-0, Elston 0-1. Goalies: Fonda-Fultonville, Araya, 2 saves, Kosiba, 1 save. Johnstown, Chittenden, 6 saves.