The members of the Cooperstown girls varsity soccer team have turned around their season and are now on the brink of a spot in the playoffs.
After starting the season 0-5, Cooperstown (5-6, 4-4) has won five of its last six games. With two division games remaining, it needs just one win to qualify for a playoff spot, and can do so with a home win today against Hamilton or on Monday at Sauquoit.
“We are a completely different team now than the one that started the season,” Cooperstown coach Jen Pindar said. “We are playing very well together. If we win our game (today), we will be in the playoffs.”
Pindar said the change came after a loss to Mohawk on Sept. 25 — the last time the Redskins lost. She switched the lineup around, moving Lexi Bloomfield and Haley White up to midfield and putting Noelle Palmatier and Alannah Haggerty back on defense. Since the changes, the Redskins have won four games in a row.
“The momentum is there,” Pindar said. “We moved everyone around. Since we made the changes, we haven’t lost.”
That streak kept going Friday when the Redskins staged a second half comeback to beat visiting Waterville 3-2.
Maggie Hall set up two goals with corner kicks including the game winner, which was finished by Bella Anania.
“We’ve scored quite a few goals this year on her corner kicks,” Pindar said.
Hall’s second assist came from the right side with just under nine minutes gone in the second half. Her low line corner kick found Anania in the middle of the box a few yards from the goal. Anasis shot low and to the left for the game winner.
Cooperstown trailed 2-1 at halftime, but tied the game with just more than two minutes into the second half. Bloomfield made a long pass from outside the box that Jordian Siver ran down and headed into the goal.
“They really played very well the second half,” Pindar said. “We started playing our passing game and we really woke up and played hard.”
Waterville had 15 shots in the game, but only two in the second half, and both of those came in the closing minutes of the game.
The Indians scored first, nine minutes into the game, on a rebound by Jenna Bloomquist.
Julie Dykstra tied the game less than three minutes later on a corner kick from Hall.
Jessica Scones gave Waterville a 2-1 lead with just more than eight minutesleft in the half.
Cooperstown 3, Waterville 2
Waterville 2 0 _ 2
Cooperstown 1 2 _ 3
Waterville: Jenna Bloomquist 1-0, Jessica Scones 1-0.
Cooperstown (5-6, 4-4): Julie Dysktra 1-0, Jordian Siver 1-0, Bella Anania 1-0, Maggie Hall 0-2, Lexi Bloomfield 0-1.
Shots-corner kicks: W 15-2; C 25-5.
Goalies: Cassie Perrin (W) 14; Katie Kleban (C) 10.