By PATRICK SLACK
There were a couple of brief minutes when it looked like visiting Becker might be able to upset Little Falls in Thursday’s first-round Sub-Section 8A South match.
But then the Flyers tied it.
And took the lead.
And added on.
After Becker snuck in the game’s opening goal just 2:25 into play, Little Falls answered with four goals in less than eight minutes, including three in a span of 2:02 en route to a 5-2 victory.
Little Falls will now advance to take on the South’s top-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen, which received a bye past the first round. That match will take place Saturday at noon in Sartell.
Senior Tim Infinger scored the first goal for Little Falls, breaking free in the open field off of a throw from junior Thomas Bell and sliding a shot past the keeper to tie the score at 1-1.
Senior Tucker Brastad then put the Flyers ahead on a penalty kick after being taking down inside the box, sinking a shot inside the left side of the net.
With a surge of momentum behind them, Little Falls added two more goals 32 seconds apart, as Bell blasted a loose ball near the edge of the box into the net, then Infinger picked up his second goal on a line drive shot.
The action settled down after that, with the score holding at 4-1 deep into the second half.
Becker regained a glimmer of hope with a goal off of a free kick with 4:01 remaining, but those hopes were quickly dashed when eighth-grader Sam Beam scored off of his own rebound with 2:14 to play.