Amsterdam’s Kelsey Bogdan (16) dribbles away from Broadalbin-Perth’s Coryne Leonard (7) during a girls soccer game Friday at Patriot Field in Broadalbin.
By ADAM SHINDER
For the Express
BROADALBIN — A season ago, if the Amsterdam Lady Rams gave up two goals in less than four minutes like they did to fall behind Broadalbin-Perth at the start of the second half of Friday’s girls soccer game at Patriot Field, there’s a decent chance things quickly could’ve gone from bad to worse.
This year’s Lady Rams showed their cut from a tougher cloth.
Despite B-P’s fast start to the second half, Amsterdam charged right back, getting two goals in the final 17 minutes of regulation from Haley Madej to complete her first career hat trick. Lucia Liverio then added a pair of goals in overtime as the Lady Rams raced past a tiring B-P team for a 5-3 win.
It was the second overtime win in the first three games of the season for Amsterdam (2-1, 1-1 Foothills Council), which also procured a 4-3 overtime win in its season opener Monday against Fonda-Fultonville.
“We communicate more, we work better together (this year),” Liverio said.
Amsterdam struck first less than six minutes into regulation when a smooth combination between NyAsia Brown and Liverio gave Liverio plenty of room to roam down the right wing before she unleashed a cross that Madej poked in at the back post.
B-P answered 18 minutes later when Rose Barnhart’s breakaway attempt was cleared by the Amsterdam defense, but only as far as Meghan O’Connor, who blasted a shot into an empty net after Lady Rams goalie Jareymarie Aponte had come out to challenge Barnhart.
A turnover right in front of goal allowed Coryne Leonard to score the go-ahead goal for B-P with 37:23 left in the second half and Hailey Parrotti corralled a deflected pass for a long-range smash to make it a 3-1 game less than four minutes later, but as the second half wore on, Amsterdam’s speed and fitness began to wear out a tiring B-P defense.
“This team sticks together, and they’re very, very, very in shape,” Amsterdam coach Jessica Byerwalters said. “Sometimes, that’s the difference in the game. … We definitely stress the importance of running, being in shape, taking care of their bodies and putting the appropriate things in their bodies. The girls stayed in shape and it really helped us out today.”
“We got a little bit disorganized and ran out of guess, I guess you could say that,” B-P (0-2, 0-2) coach Rob Klug said. “When you get tired, the first thing you lose is our focus, and I think we lost our focus.”
Madej got her second of the game with 17:24 to play at the end of a sustained run of Amsterdam offense. Delianna Figueroa’s shot was headed away by B-P defender Amber Vosburgh, but a bouncing ball ended up at the feet of Madej for a close-range finish.
Madej, who also scored twice — including the game-winner in overtime — against Fonda-Fultonville, completed her hat trick when she tapped in an Emma Patrei cross with 11:16 to play.
“I get the amazing crosses,” Madej said. “I’m lucky.”
Amsterdam stayed on the front foot in overtime, with Liverio breaking free down the right side and slipping a finish past Lady Patriots goalie Morgan Rossi with 6:51 to play in the first extra session. Liverio added a second goal in the final minute of the first half of overtime when she scored directly from a corner kick.
“It felt so good to score, and then I had more momentum to keep going,” Liverio said.
Aponte came up with key saves on Parrotti and Naomi Fraser in the second 10-minute overtime session to ensure the Lady Rams got back on the winning track.
B-P was scheduled to play Tuesday night at Johnstown. The game result was not available by press time.