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November 18, 2013

CHAMPIONS!

OHS girls win first state title in soccer

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Things turned in the Yellowjackets' favor midway through the half. Over the last 20 minutes of the half, OHS generated several good chances, including free kicks by More and Ruff that sailed over the crossbar, and a throw-in by Ruff that Abby Picinich played back to her on the right wing. Ruff then took a shot to the far post, but Mustangs first-half goalie Maggie Fiacchi poked it away.

By half's end, Marcellus held a 6-5 edge in shots and both teams had two corner kicks.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, the Yellowjackets came out strong. They scored the equalizer with 33:22 left. More set up for a corner kick on the right side, and as she did Saturday in setting up both Oneonta goals with picture-perfect crosses, she sent a liner into the box, about 8 yards from the goal. Miller headed it and it hit the bottom of the crossbar. Somehow, Buschbascher swatted the ball with her right hand on the way down, but Ruff ran through the deflection, scoring at the far post to tie it.

"The last couple of years, we've been trying things like this and it hasn't worked, but this season it clicked," More said of Oneonta's success on re-starts this postseason. "Every time, it was Madison or Mariah getting a head or foot on the ball and it's been awesome to see."

Added Ruff: "I was just like, 'I'm running through the ball' and I was just ecstatic."

If Oneonta's goal was supposed to deflate the Mustangs, they didn't get the memo. Marcellus pressured repeatedly over the next 25 minutes, taking five corner kicks and keeping the ball in the Yellowjackets' end.

"I thought we were on the verge of breaking through and it just didn't happen," said Updike, whose team advanced to the state final with a 2-0 victory over Section 11's Center Moriches on Saturday.

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