LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — Freshman Maria Morotti and senior Sarah Bruins each scored a pair of goals Thursday and the Little Falls Mounties advanced to Section III’s Class C-1 semifinals with a 4-0 shutout of the Mt. Markham Mustangs.
Morotti, who also assisted on both Bruins goals, got second seed Little Falls (15-2-0) on the board first with a goal on a penalty kick in the first half. The Mounties were awarded the kick following a handball in the 27th minute and Morotti’s shot gave Little Falls a 1-0 lead at halftime.
“We were able to keep the pressure on their end,” Little Falls coach Sal Marchese said, “and the forwards scored when they had opportunities to.”
The score remained 1-0 until Morotti struck again in 16 1/2 minutes into the second half. Nicole Foti sent a pass forward for Morotti who spun free of a defender and ripped a shot from 20 yards out inside the left post for her second goal.
Bruins scored her first goal off a Morotti corner kick with 11:02 left to play then tallied another with a sliding shot 76 seconds later. Michaela Carnegie, who had replaced starter Ellie Ainslie after Little Falls took a 2-0 lead, charged out to challenge Bruins on the rush but the Mountie slide tackled the ball past her as she reached down to pick it up inside the box.
Cheyenne Rivenburg made seven saves in the shutout for Little Falls which had a 14-7 edge in shots.
Carnegie and Ainslie combined to make nine saves for the Mustangs (8-8-2).
The Mounties play Saturday at 2 p.m. at Chittenango High School against Tully, a 4-0 winner Thursday over Cooperstown.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Tully’s Black Knights were 4-0 winners on the road Thursday when they knocked third seed Cooperstown out of Section III’s Class C-1 playoffs.
The Black Knights (15-2-0), seeded sixth, scored two goals before halftime and two more after. Jenna Donald netted two goals while Madison Lyon and Olivia Ganley each had one. Ganley also had an assist and Lisa Esposito had two. Goalkeeper Kallie George made two saves in the shutout.
Katie Kleban made 16 saves for Cooperstown (8-8-1).