Cooperstown girls soccer coach Jennifer Pindar didn’t seem all too concerned about reaching the postseason after Thursday’s 2-1 Center State Conference loss to visiting Herkimer.
“We have to finish .500 or better either overall or in league play or against teams in our class (to qualify for sectionals), so we’re close,” said Pindar, whose team moved to 6-4 overall and 3-4 in Division II of the CSC. “The only teams we’ve lost to are Little Falls and Herkimer, who are first and second in our division, so I’m confident we’re improving.”
Ashley Fahy opened the scoring off a pass from Maddie Renshaw eight minutes into the game for Herkimer, but Liz Millea tied the score with four minutes left before halftime. Millea finished a breakaway opportunity by beating Herkimer goalie Chelsea Jory (19 saves) with a shot from the 18-yard line.
After a scoreless second half, the teams entered two mandatory overtime periods. Maddie Renshaw scored the go-ahead goal with 5:08 left in the second overtime off a pass from Caitlin Roorda, and Herkimer held on for the victory.
Katie Kleban stopped 13 shots for Cooperstown, which finished with advantages of 20-17 in shots and 6-5 in corner kicks.
Cooperstown visits West Canada Valley on Monday.
Sidney 1, Delhi 0
Katie Kirk scored the decisive goal with nine minutes remaining in the first half as visiting Sidney won in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Kirk shot to the far post from inside the box off a breakaway for Sidney, which received 10 saves from Jolene Krom for the shutout.
Kaitlynn Finch had six saves for Delhi (6-6, 4-4), which hosts Bainbridge-Guilford on Monday.
Unatego 4, Walton 1
Tanner Reed scored two goals to lead visiting Unatego to a MAC victory.
Katie Maguire gave Walton the early lead with a shot inside the far post on an assist from Hailey O’Connor seven minutes before halftime.