CHITTENANGO, N.Y. — The Little Falls Mounties played from behind in the second half and defeated Tully’s Black Knights in overtime Saturday as the Mounties earned their first trip to the Section III finals with a 2-1 victory at Chittenango High School.
Hannah Becker scored the tying goal and Nicole Foti had the winner in the second overtime period, earning the second-seeded Mounties (16-2-0) a spot in the Class C-1 title match against Sauquoit Valley, the No. 1 seed and defending champion. The Mounties and Indians will meet Wednesday at Herkimer County Community College in the first half of a championship doubleheader. The Class C-1 match kicks off at 5 p.m. with the Class C-2 contest between Beaver River and Fabius-Pompey to follow.
Little Falls and Tully were scoreless at halftime. Tully (15-3-0) struck first in the second half with Grace Johnson heading home a Jenna Donald corner kick.
The Mounties pulled even with eight minutes left in regulation on Becker’s shot from 25 yards out. Kelli Shepardson assisted.
The score remained tied through the first period of overtime play and Foti eventually scored unassisted with 4:34 remaining in the second.
Goalkeeper Kallie George, who made seven saves for Tully, had key stops on a point blank shot form Miranda Marchese and a breakaway by Sarah Bruins. The Black Knights caught a break with the score tied when Maria Morotti sent a free kick off the crossbar from 20 yards out.
Cheyenne Rivenburg made four saves for Little Falls.
The Mounties’ varsity program started in 1998 and had won one playoff game prior to this season.