VERONA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – If you pay mind to the seeding, neither Cooperstown nor Waterville were supposed to be in the Section III Class C Championship game. The Hawkeyes, the third overall seed in the bracket, had upset second-seeded Tully on October 26th, and the Indians, the fourth overall seed, had to go through fifth-seeded Sauquoit and eighth-seeded Mount Markham after the Mustangs had pulled an upset of their own and knocked out top seed Utica Academy of Science in the quarterfinals.

The matchup between the two Center State Conference foes was not an unfamiliar one, they had met twice during the regular season, but both of those matchups came over a month prior to the championship game, a 3-2 Cooperstown victory to open their season on September 6th, and a 4-2 win for the Hawkeyes on September 28th, setting up a chance for the second state-ranked Cooperstown team to get a three-game sweep if they could finish off with a win on Tuesday evening.

The third game of the series turned out to be the most hotly contested, needing extra time to find a winner after 80 minutes of a deadlock, 0-0 from end to end, with Ollie Wasson the man to give Cooperstown its’ second consecutive sectional title, elevating to knock a Colby Diamond free kick past the Waterville goalie 8 minutes into the extra frame.

With the win, the Hawkeyes move on to the Class C Regionals where they’ll play Section IV’s Spencer-Van Etten Saturday at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. That game is set to start at 4 pm. Spencer-Van Etten came into that matchup at 15-2-0 on the season and ranked number eight in Class C.