"I would say this year we played more as a team than any year I've been on varsity," said junior Taryn More, whose corner kick helped set up Ruff's tying goal. "It was just an amazing accomplishment to get here and win. We finally fulfilled our quest for the season. It wasn't just to get here and play in the final game at states, it was to get here and win the last game at states. We were able to do it this year and it's amazing."
Along the way, Miller and Brieanna Baker missed games with right ankle and right shoulder injuries, respectively, that forced them to miss the Southern Tier Athletic Conference playoffs and the beginning of sectionals, and Taylor Hitchcock suffered a severe left ankle injury in OHS' 2-0 state quarterfinal victory over Spackenkill last weekend. Still, a slightly hobbled Hitchcock gave OHS valuable minutes in both games this weekend.
The last two days against Section Five's Hornell and Marcellus, the Yellowjackets trailed, 1-0, at halftime before rallying for 2-1 victories.
"We've grown up together," said Miller, who also had the winning goal against Hornell on Saturday. "It helped last year getting the experience. It made us more relaxed this year. It's amazing. I'm so proud of my teammates."
The wind played a factor Sunday. It blew significantly toward the side in which fans purchased tickets. Marcellus had the wind in the first half and had the better of play early on.
The game's first goal was nearly as fluky as Miller's winner.
Jade Sargeant received pass near the right sideline and about 20 yards from the end line. She struck a low liner that had a lot of force behind it. OHS goalie Maddie Grau, as has been the norm throughout the postseason, was in good position to stop it, but the problem was playing the hop. The ball bounced about 3 yards in front of Grau and appeared to have some right-to-left English on it. It skipped off the slick turf, went past Grau and then inside the far post as Marcellus took a 1-0 lead 3 minutes, 39 seconds into play.