Gloversville – What a difference two weeks.
Just 13 days earlier, the Gloversville boys’ football team suffered a second consecutive defeat and saw another player suffer a season-ending injury.
Since then, the Dragons have regrouped to win their last three outings, including a 13–0 win over Johnstown on Wednesday in a Foothills Council South Division competition.
Gloversville coach Jim Yano said: “We’ve got some players going well.” “It’s been a real team effort. We’re still there and playing really well.”
Back on 16 September, the Dragons dropped a 2–1 decision at home to Broadlebein-Perth 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 leg injury at the end of the season, after injuring another senior, Drew Callen, at the end of the season.
Although they are not able to help on the field, both Callen and Kluska are contributing to the team.
“Tommy and Drew are helping out with practice and are still a big part of the team, even when they are out,” said coach Yano.
Gloversville had some trouble against Sir Bills on Wednesday, jumping to a three-goal lead just 10 minutes before the game.
En route to victory, the Dragons took a 9-0 lead in the half.
James Collar led the Gloversville offense with five goals and three assists, while Kazuma Lomanto scored two goals and four assists. Jordan Yano scored three goals for the Dragons, while Doug Cook scored one goal and one assist. Noah Chloe also scored for Gloversville, while Justin Kemet and Alex Rosmarino each assisted. The dragons also had an advantage for their goal by Sir Bills.
All but three of Gloversville’s 13 goals were assisted.
“We had some good goals tonight,” said coach Yano. “We passed the ball well.”
After starting their season with a 3–2 non-league win at Shohri, Johnstown have lost their last eight games.
Despite the struggles, Jonestown coach Nicole Naselli said her team’s effort had not waned.
“We are a young team. We are still working hard and learning,” she said. “My players never get down. They go out in every game and that’s all I ask for as a coach. He has the heart and love to play the game.”
Justin Kemet made four saves to post his fourth shutout of the season in goal for the Dragons, who registered a 10–1 win over Sir Bills at Johnstown on 9 September.
Kaden Chittenden made 17 saves for Sir Biles, who has been dismissed 92-5 in nine matches this season.
“Our goalkeeper had a terrible game against a strong offensive team,” Naselli said of Chittenden’s effort.
Before the game, Gloversville honored 10 of its seniors.
Brian Belknap, Colon, Chloe, Cook, Dan Dillenbach, Cooper Graham, Kemet, Kluska, Lomento and Alex Rosmarino were recognized during the pre-game ceremony.
Coach Yano said his senior team is trying to finish the season on a grand note.
“We hope the season ends well,” he said.
Jonestown (1-8 overall, 0-7 foothills) is scheduled to travel to Broadalbin-Perth for the contest on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Gloversville (6-2 overall, 6-2 foothills) is set to travel to Hudson Falls at 4:30 p.m. Friday before hosting Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville Saturdays at 7 p.m.
“Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville are a good team,” said coach Yano. “It should be a good game.”
Halftime: Gloversville took a 9-0 lead. Jonestown Scoring: None. Gloversville Scoring: Caller 5-3, Lomanto 2-4, Yano 3-0, Cook 1-1, Chloe 1-0, Kemet 0-1, Rosmarino 0-1. Goalkeeper: Johnstown, Chittenden, 17 saves. Gloversville, Kemet, saves 4.
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