LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. – The Little Falls Mounties turned the tables on the Mt. Markham Mustangs Tuesday when they beat them 1-0 at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Mustangs had won the teams’ earlier meeting by the same score.
Tuesday’s game was scoreless at halftime and remained so deep into the second half. The lone goal finally came with 8:30 remaining in 60 minutes of regulation play. Little Falls took control of the ball near the middle of the field, played it back to reset and worked it to the right side as its attackers made a rush at goalie Carly Curtis and the Mt. Markham cage. Gianna Macri sent a long shot toward the goal and Alice Bucenec tipped the ball past Curtis to give the Mounties the 1-0 lead.
Only three shots were recorded during the game – two by the Mounties and one by the Mustangs – and Little Falls goalie Hannah Young made a single second half save in her second consecutive shutout. The Little Falls defense limited Mt. Markham to the one shot despite the Mustangs being awarded five penalty corners during the second half.
Mounties coach Monica Tooley described the teams’ two games as quite similar and called Tuesday’s game, "a good one for us to win."
The Mounties are now 2-4-0 in their division of the Center State Conference but have raised their overall record to the .500 mark (6-6-0) with four wins and an overtime loss to then-unbeaten Clinton in their last five games.
"I think we just started playing well," Tooley said of Tuesday’s performance. "We were not in synch with each other in the first half, not connecting. In the second half we started connecting, moving the ball from player to player, stick to stick."
The coach also singled out the play of Emily Gehring.
"She did a great job back there for us sweeping," Tooley said. "She gave us nice, controlled play."
Curtis had one save for Mt. Markham (7-3-1) which is playing as a combined team with players from Cooperstown for the first time this fall.
Next up for the Mounties is Thursday’s home game against Holland Patent. The Mustangs play at Herkimer Thursday and return home Friday for a game against Clinton.