If you haven't looked at the sidelines of a Schalmont or a Scotia-Glenville boys soccer game lately, you might do a double take when you see who's coaching which team.
Chris Bailey left Schalmont after last year to take over for Al Alexander at Scotia-Glenville, while junior varsity coach Jason Beck moved into Bailey's role with the western Rotterdam squad.
I'll never be able to fill Chris' shoes, said Beck. "He's been extremely successful at Schalmont even before I got here four years ago."
The changes on the sidelines haven't altered where either team sits in their respective leagues. Scotia-Glenville is tied with Gloversville for first place in the Foothills Council, while Schalmont occupies the Colonial Council penthouse.
"It's been a positive experience so far," said Bailey. "We're tied for the league lead, so that's good."
Scotia-Glenville (6-1 league, 7-4 overall) has risen to the top of the Foothills Council with a stingy defense. The Tartans have allowed only three goals in their seven league games, second only to Gloversville.
That stingy defense has come in handy for Scotia-Glenville, since three of its seven Foothills Council games have been decided by two goals or less.
"I have found the Foothills Council to be very competitive," said Bailey.
Fortunately for the Tartans, their offense seems to have come around in recent games. After shutting out South Glens Falls 3-0 Sept. 20, they defeated Hudson Falls and Broadalbin-Perth by identical 5-1 scores.
On the surface, the offense hasn't been a concern at Schalmont, either. The Sabres (7-1, 9-2) have outscored their Colonial Council opponents 45-6, but take away a 16-0 victory over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, an 8-0 win against Mechanicville and an 8-1 win against Lansingburgh, and they've held a 15-5 advantage over their other foes.
"We've put some goals up but we've got to start scoring some goals against some tough teams, too," said Beck.