Boys Soccer: Four-goal flurry propels Little Falls into second round of playoffs

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor

Little Falls boys soccer vs. Becker photo gallery

Little Falls senior Tim Infinger pumps his fist after scoring the first of his two goals in Thursday's 5-2 home playoff win over Becker.

Little Falls senior Tim Infinger pumps his fist after scoring the first of his two goals in Thursday’s 5-2 home playoff win over Becker.

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.

Little Falls eighth-grader Sam Beam cuts through a pair of Becker defenders on his way toward the net in Thursday's 5-2 home playoff win. Beam scored the final goal of the match to seal the victory.

Little Falls eighth-grader Sam Beam cuts through a pair of Becker defenders on his way toward the net in Thursday’s 5-2 home playoff win. Beam scored the final goal of the match to seal the victory.

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.

Little Falls junior Thomas Bell makes a quick turn around a Becker defender before centering a pass in front of the net. Bell scored a goal and assisted on two others in the Flyers' 5-2 win.

Little Falls junior Thomas Bell makes a quick turn around a Becker defender before centering a pass in front of the net. Bell scored a goal and assisted on two others in the Flyers’ 5-2 win.

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