Men’s soccer: Fonda-Fultonville defeats Johnstown in non-league game, 2-1


With a two-game winning streak between them, the Johnstown and Fonda-Fultonville men’s soccer teams were looking to double their winning streak when they met on Monday in a non-league game 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,” said Fonda-Fultonville coach Matt Bloom. “The two teams are comparable. We are both young and we both build.

Will Hernigle scored a goal and an assist for the Braves, while Allen Booth also scored. Mike Carpenter added an assist for FFCS.

Elijah Jones scored Johnstown’s only goal, while Keegan Elston got an assist.

After a scoreless first half that saw the FFCS hold a slim 5-4 advantage in shots, the Braves came out of the fire in the second half.

Both Carpenter and Hernigle saw shots saved by Johnstown goalkeeper Kaden Chittenden in the first nine minutes of the second half.

Despite the pressure from the Braves at the start of the second half, the game went scoreless.

Booth finally broke through for Fonda-Fultonville thanks to an assist from Hernigle with 13:21 remaining.

Johnstown responded with 10:33 to go when Jones scored on an assist from Elston to tie the game at 1-1.

“My team played brilliantly today,” said Johnstown coach Nicole Naselli. “We played hard until the end.

The Braves regained the lead with 8:50 remaining when Herningle scored the game-winning goal thanks to an assist from Carpenter.

Johnstown nearly tied the game with a straight kick from Trey Naselli who found the back of the net just outside the box when time ran out.

However, the referees ruled the goal came too late as Fonda-Fultonville clung to the win.

After going 0-9-1 in its first 10 games, Fonda-Fultonville has won for the second time in its last three games.

“We played a good game,” Bloom said. “It’s good to come out with a win.

Austin Araya made two first-half saves for FFCS, while Sam Kosiba made one second-half save.

Chittenden finished with six saves for Johnstown, who lost his 11th straight game after opening the season with a 3-2 win over Schoharie.

“We have a busy week ahead of us,” said coach Naselli. “We are leaving tomorrow, but we have four games in five days after that.”

Johnstown (1-11 in total) is due to host Amsterdam on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Sir Bills will then play three consecutive road games to conclude the week and the regular season. Johnstown will travel to Scotia-Glenville on Friday for a game at 6 p.m., before heading to Amsterdam on Saturday for a game at 10 a.m. 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 heading to Galway on Friday for its regular season final at 4:15 p.m.

Fonda-Fultonville 2, Johnstown 1
Half-time: tied 0-0. Fonda-Fultonville score: Booth 1-0, Hernigle 1-1, Carpenter 0-1. Johnstown Score: Jones 1-0, Elston 0-1. Goalkeepers: Fonda-Fultonville, Araya, 2 stops, Kosiba, 1 stop. Johnstown, Chittenden, 6 stops.

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