HERKIMER, N.Y. – One goal in the first half was enough for Thousand Islands to advance in Section III’s Class C playoffs.

The Vikings, seeded 10th, defeated the seventh-seeded Little Falls Mounties 1-0 at Herkimer College’s Wehrum Stadium Wednesday afternoon and earned a spot in the quarterfinals against the winner of a match between LaFayette and second seed South Lewis later in the day.

The loss marked the end of the varsity careers of four Mounties who first walked on the first when Mark Blask debuted as coach of a team that had not won a match the previous two seasons.

"This was just a good soccer game. I’m so proud of these guys," Blask said of seniors Carlin Straney, Kyle Stowell, Noah Timmerman and Eddie Rogers. "They’ve been here for four years and we’ve gone from three to six to eight to 10 wins."

Tyler Turgeon took a through ball from Joey Melfi into the box in front of Little Falls goalkeeper Ian Rando and played the ball off the instep of his left foot along the ground and inside the right post for the only goal of Wednesday’s contest in the 27th minute of play.

The Vikings had other chances but Rando was credited with 16 saves and a couple of other shots just missed their mark. Rees Gray sent a free kick off the crossbar eight minutes in, and Gabe Clement took another free kick when he was taken down just above the top of the box and sent the ball off a defender’s shoulder and the left post. Turgeon volleyed the ball over the crossbar on a corner kick with 90 seconds left in the first half.

The second half was more balanced and the Mounties, playing as the home team, played to the end, all the way to a final corner kick in the 78th minute.

Xander Howard had four saves in the shutout for Thousand Islands.

Both teams are now 10-7-0.