LITTLE FALLS 2, HERKIMER 1
A quick pep talk during a well-placed Little Falls timeout led to the tie-breaking goal in the Mounties’ 2-1 win over the Herkimer Magicians.
Braelyn Bellinger’s unassisted goal broke a 1-1 tie with 9:21 left in the game and came just 22 seconds after Little Falls coach Monica Tooley had called a timeout.
“I felt like the momentum was right there,” Tooley said. “I told them, ‘We can’t give this away. We’ve got to take this and put it in there.’”
The Mounties (1-1-0, 1-0-0 CSC East) pushed the ball into the circle in front of goalie Samantha Spanfelner and Bellinger swept her shot inside the left post to give her team a lead for the first time this season.
Little Falls goalie Kristi Torres came up with a big stop in the game’s final minute to preserve the victory. She had already fought off one charge from the Magicians (0-2-0, 0-1-0 CSC East) when Krista Green, who had already scored once, made a run at the cage. With Kyria Plunkett joining the Herkimer rush from the far side, Torres charged out from her cage to challenge Green at the edge of the circle and kicked the ball away from the opposing attacker.
“That’s a good goalie, an experienced goalie,” Tooley said of her returning starter. “Another goal, a JV goalie, might have stepped back into her cage and given them the two-on-one.”
Torres made five saves in the win. Spanfelner had three in the second half after Haley Servidone started and stopped two shots before halftime.
The teams were tied at 1 at the half. Herkimer opened the scoring in similar fashion to Little Falls’ game-winning goal. Magicians coach Amanda DePaolo called a timeout to let her players catch their breath and Green responded with an unassisted goal just over one minute later.
“(Play) was back and forth both ways,” DePaolo said. “I just wanted to give them a rest.”
Sierra McCarthy tallied the tying goal for Little Falls with an assist from Leah Tooley three minutes before the end of the half.
Herkimer is home again Tuesday for its game against Mt. Markham. Little Falls travels to Mohawk to play the final of three consecutive road games to start the season.
MOHAWK 7, ILION 2
ILION, N.Y. — Five Mohicans scored goals Thursday and Mohawk opened the season with a 7-2 victory over the Ilion Golden Bombers.
Chloie Rood had two goals and an assist for the Mohicans (1-0-0, 1-0-0 CSC East) and Cecilia Guido added a pair of goals. Madeline Gassmann had a goal and an assist and Alex Bandel and Jordyn Bailey both got in on the goal-scoring. Bandel’s goal, assisted by Gassmann opened the scoring in a first half that ended with Mohawk leading 4-1.
Page 2 of 2 - Goalie Sammi Urich made four saves for the Mohicans and Sammy Hyde contributed an assist.
Makayla Donato scored unassisted in the first half for Ilion (0-1-0, 0-1-0 CSC East) and Paige Rowland added a goal assisted by Paige DelGrego. Alicia Simmons made eight saves for the Golden Bombers.
Both teams play at home Tuesday — Ilion takes on Clinton and Mohawk hosts Little Falls.
MT. MARKHAM 5, CLINTON 1
WEST WINFIELD, N.Y. — Emily Dekanek scored two goals Thursday in the Mt. Markham Mustangs’ 5-1 win against Clinton’s Warriors.
Emily Buell added a goal and two assists while Megan Wool and Alexis Bryce each scored a goal and Bryn Hoover assisted twice. Goalie Hannah Douglas made three saves for the Mustangs (1-0-0, 1-0-0 CSC East).
Anna Femia scored a goal assisted by Sara Tartaglia for Clinton (0-1-0, 0-1-0 CSC East). Bailey Bach recorded 16 saves in the defeat for the Center State Conference’s East Division newcomers.
Mt. Markham was an 11-0 winner in the junior varsity game.
The Mustangs travel to Herkimer Tuesday while Clinton plays at Ilion.