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November 18, 2013

CHAMPIONS!

OHS girls win first state title in soccer

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"My heart hurts right now for these 12 seniors," said Marcellus coach Laurie Updike, whose team finished its season at 20-2-1. "It's an error and we accept that as a team. We each have each other's backs and pick each other up."

Shortly after the game ended, Mackey jogged down to the opposite end of the field to console Buschbascher.

"I just told her everybody should share in the accolades and everybody should share in the disappointment of a loss," Mackey said. "She certainly didn't do that on purpose. It's the wind and the rain and the turf. It is what it is. That's the cruel nature of soccer and the cruel nature of sports in general. They have a good program and a good community, and they'll pick her back up."

When it ended, OHS players mobbed one another. After the teams shook hands, the Yellowjackets did their best impression of Cal Ripken Jr. after he broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played in 1995, when he slapped hands with fans as he took a lap around Camden Yards. The players ran over to the raised stands and jumped up as they gave high-fives to the large contingent of OHS followers.

"It feels unbelievable," said Oneonta senior midfielder Mariah Ruff, who scored the tying goal early in the second half and was named the game's outstanding player. "I had no dreams this year of us doing this. The team shocked me, everybody shocked me, I think we shocked ourselves and I think we shocked everybody. No words can describe it."

It was shocking in the sense that OHS graduated six starters off of last season's team that lost, 3-1 in overtime, to Greece Odyssey in the state final, including goalie Emmalee Sloman and defenders, Amy Hait, Shelby Cleaveland and Jennifer Jelic. The Yellowjackets also lost all-state players Cami Cleaveland and Dani Nicosia to graduation.

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