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Lady Tartans go on the offensive

The Scotia-Glenville girls soccer team may not have a healthy player with prior goaltending experience, but that doesn't matter when you can outscore your opponents.

The Lady Tartans proved that in their most recent game last Thursday against Glens Falls. Scotia-Glenville scored its first goal in the first minute and never looked back as it defeated the Indians 7-1 in a Foothills Council game.

Scoring goals has become a priority for the Lady Tartans (6-2 league, 6-4 overall). After starting goaltender Kylah Rodd was lost for the season to an injury, coach Lise Williams has been using Hannah Carroll and Alicia Lewis between the posts, but neither has had any prior experience.

They aren't by nature goalies, but we're teaching them now, said Williams.

So far, having field position players in goal hasn't hurt Scotia-Glenville. Last Thursday's victory over Glens Falls was the Lady Tartans' third consecutive league win.

"My team's been playing pretty well," said Williams. "Our problem last year was we couldn't win in games against teams that could pressure us (offensively). We started this year by playing Ravena and Burnt Hills, and we lost both of those games. But then we played Schalmont, and even though we lost that one, we played much better in that one."

Having players who can get the ball in the goal helps. Scotia-Glenville has a veteran-laden front line with Katie Bosy, Amy Kalinkewicz and Briana Crow, and with some help from players like Rebecca Nardi and Pam Kulak, the Lady Tartans can generate offense in a hurry.

Scotia-Glenville faces a challenge Thursday when it hosts league-leading Queensbury. The Spartans scored four goals in the first half on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Lady Tartans last month in their Foothills Council opener, and they haven't lost to a league opponent since.

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