LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — Three days and a switch of venues did nothing to change the outcome as the undefeated Little Falls Mounties beat Cooperstown 3-1 for the second time Tuesday.
Unlike Saturday when the teams were scoreless at halftime, the Mounties (11-0-0) put a goal on the board in the first half in the rematch. Sarah Bruins scored with an assist from senior classmate Nicole Foti to give the state’s 10th-ranked Class C team a 1-0 advantage at the intermission.
The same pair teamed up again 6 1/2 minutes into the second half. Foti sent a pass forward for Bruins as she broke in across the 18-yard line with a defender on her hip and Bruins tapped the ball past goalkeeper Katie Kleban along the ground.
Katelyn Parese had rifled a shot off the right post from outside the penalty area earlier in the second half and Maria Morotti sent a shot off the left football goalpost late in the first half.
Cooperstown (6-3-0) almost broke through in the 53rd minute when Ellen Vibbard sent a high crossing shot off the inside of the right post; the ball caromed back onto the field and play continued unimpeded.
Ellen Vibbard scored for the Hawkeyes with a shot out of a crowd midway through the second half.
Morotti capped the scoring for Little Falls with 14:03 left to play. Morotti got the ball in the left corner and worked her way through the defense along the end line, slipping by Kleban before burying her shot in the far side of the open net.
“That was a beautiful move by Maria,” Little Falls coach Sal Marchese said, “(and) I think that deflated them.”
Cooperstown tried to maintain pressure as time wound down and Mountie Cheyenne Rivenburg notched the last of her seven saves with 1.3 seconds on the clock.
Kleban had 20 saves for Cooperstown.
The Mounties travel to Newport Thursday for a match against West Canada Valley.