LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — A pair of goals in the final three minutes of regulation yielded a 1-1 tie Saturday between Central Valley Academy’s Thunder and Little Falls’ Mounties on Senior Night at Veterans Memorial Park.
The game was also Little Falls’ annual Pink Game, a fund-raiser supporting a Little Falls team in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
The game went scoreless for a half and remained so until Sammy Hyde put a goal home for Central Valley Academy with 2:59 left in regulation. Hyde got the ball inside the circle near the left post, spun and sent a shot into the wide side of the cage for the Thunder (5-9-1, 1-6-1 CSC East).
Little Falls appeared to have tied the game less than two minutes later but had a goal waived off. A Central Valley Academy infraction inside the circle on the play resulted in a penalty corner for the Mounties and they took advantage of their opportunity. Sierra McCarthy played the ball off the end line to Ashley Fox who fired a shot into the cage with 1:12 left on the clock.
Each team had an opportunity to break the tie during 10 minutes of sudden-victory play. Central Valley Academy’s Paige Rowland got behind the Little Falls defense and had her rush broken up by Mounties goalie Kristi Torres. The Thunder wound up with a corner on the play but did not generate a shot.
Mountie Sara Kotary had a shot at the right post in the final 30 seconds but hit the pads of goalie Samantha Urich. The Mounties were awarded a second corner with time expired and played it out without putting another shot on the cage.
Little Falls (7-6-2, 4-2-2 CSC East) outshot the Thunder 13-7 and had 17 corners to the visitors’ eight. Urich and Torres each made 10 saves.
After the game, seniors from both squads were recognized and Fox had 11 inches of hair cut off as a donation to Wigs for Kids. Danielle Lippert, a cosmetology student at Herkimer County BOCES, did the shearing.
Both teams begin the Section III playoffs with games Tuesday. Central Valley Academy is seeded sixth in Class B and plays its quarterfinal at 5 p.m. at Cortland.
Little Falls, the third seed in Class C, is home for a 6 p.m. game against Canastota. The Mounties were originally scheduled to play against Sherburne-Earlville but a records correction flipped the sixth and seventh seeds. Tuesday’s winners will play semifinal games Saturday.