HERKIMER, N.Y. — The Herkimer Magicians took over first place in the East Division of the Center State Conference with Monday’s 2-0 win over the Little Falls Mounties.
The Magicians (9-4-1, 5-1-1 CSC East), 1-0 winners in overtime in Little Falls two weeks ago, lead Little Falls (7-5-1, 4-2-1 CSC East) by one game in the standings with one game remaining Wednesday in Clinton against the only opponent that has beaten them in league play. Little Falls completes league play with a game under the Veterans Memorial Park lights Wednesday against Central Valley Academy.
Herkimer came out strong at the start of the second half and got goals 73 seconds apart from Brianna Parks and Krista Green. Parks broke a scoreless tie with her goal assisted by Green 3:09 into the second half. Just over a minute later, Parks swept the ball into the Little Falls cage to give the Magicians a 2-0 lead.
“That was great,” Herkimer coach Amanda DePaolo said. “Our intensity went right up after the first goal. Having the second goal right after was huge for us.”
Samantha Spanfelner was credited with one save in the shutout while Herkimer outshot the Mounties 11-1.
“Sam played really well today,” DePaolo said. “She was really good today and Friday (against Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton).”
Kristi Torres had eight saves for Little Falls. Little Falls had six corners to Herkimer’s three.
Parks’ goal came off a pass from Green. Green sent the ball off the end line from Torres’ left across the mouth of the goal for Parks who flicked her shot into the net just above the boards at the bottom of the cage.
Positioned in front of the cage to the right post side, Green swept the ball into the goal from beyond the stroke line.
Little Falls is 1-4-1 over its last six games.
Prior to the dame, Herkimer bid farewell to six seniors who were playing their final scheduled home game. The Magicians wore pink jerseys and socks during the game as part of their work with the Play4theCure program. Herkimer will also hold a chicken barbecue Thursday to raise money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
Little Falls will break out its pink jerseys Wednesday and has several fund-raisers planned for the Little Falls team in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
Each team finishes the regular season with a non-league game on the road, Little Falls Thursday at Sauquoit Valley and Herkimer Friday at New York Mills.