By MICHAEL KELLY
Recorder Sports Staff
BROADALBIN -- Just a few days after the team's worst loss of the season, the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots soccer team played one of its best games of the season Monday evening at Patriot Field.
Combining three-goal efforts from both Katie Herba and Victoria Marotta, the Lady Patriots fended off Foothills Council rival Glens Falls, 6-3.
While Herba used speed and touch to amass her hat trick, Marotta provided the power, booting home two scores from long range and knocking in another while in the middle of a scrum of players off a corner kick.
In short, B-P (8-2, 6-2) had its full arsenal working, just a few days after the club languished through a 6-0 loss against Queensbury. After getting back on track with a 1-0 victory this weekend against Stillwater, B-P head coach Rob Klug said Monday's offensive explosion from Herba and Marotta was a welcome sight for his eyes.
"It's great to watch," said Klug. "That's stuff we work on in practice, the decision to drive or lay balls back (and) the decisions are starting to come ... together with what to do in the final third."
It took B-P a little while to get rolling against Glens Falls, but, when the Lady Patriots got themselves going, there was little the Indians could do to stop them. Carly Washburn found Herba in the 18th minute for B-P's first goal and the Lady Patriots would score five more times in the next 30 minutes of action.
"We just tried to string together as many balls as we could and pile on some extra goals to get the job done," Marotta said.
Less than a minute after Herba's first tally, Glens Falls' Megan Kanofsky evened the score off a pass from Miranda Haraughty. But, then, just a little more than a minute later, Marotta put the Lady Patriots ahead for good with a heavy-footed kick from about 30 yards out into the back of the Glens Falls net.
On the play, Glens Falls defender Emilie Moses tried to clear the ball from deep in the Indians' zone, but instead scooted the ball directly to Marotta.
"We played the ball to the middle in the defensive third and they said, 'Thank you,' and scored," Glens Falls head coach Tom Harrington said.
From there, Herba added two more goals before halftime, on assists from Michaela Hills and Natasha Murphy. The junior forward said a strong start to the game was something the Lady Patriots had wanted to make sure they produced on the heels of back-to-back low-scoring efforts.
"We had a rough game against Queensbury last week, so we've been trying to step it up and be more focused. ... We don't like to lose, so we wanted to pick it up," Herba said.
Up three goals at halftime, B-P quickly padded its lead to five. Marotta knocked in a goal for the Lady Patriots less than a minute into the second half off of a corner kick from Herba, and Marotta added her third and final score in the contest's 48th minute on a long, driving kick.
Glens Falls' Haraughty scored twice in the game's closing minutes. Harrington said Monday's result was just a case of going up against a talented squad led by a dynamic duo that his team could not match up with that day.
"We don't see (talent like) that too often," said Harrington. "Only against a South (Glens Falls) High or a Broadalbin."