Let’s start at the end of the story.
This season’s Waterville girls varsity soccer team brought home just the third banner in the sport’s history, claiming a share of the Section Three Class C title with Little Falls after an epic game at SUNY Cortland Friday night. The teams share the title because after 80 minutes of regulation, 20 minutes of overtime and another 10 minutes of sudden-end overtime, neither team could break the 1-1 deadlock.
That tie game, the third for the Indians this year, means Waterville finished unbeaten this season with 16 wins and no losses. That accomplishment puts the 2019 Indians not just among the best girls soccer teams in school history, but at the top of best teams in school history overall.
While the many parents and fans who withstood a cold night in Cortland after spending the day dealing with flooding issues understood the magnitude of what the team had done, for the No. 1 seed Indians there were more tears of sorrow than joy. Their fine season ended in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Mounties as only one of the sectional champs could move on to the state playoffs.
In 2010 Waterville won the Class C-2 title, before they stopped splitting…