Oneonta's defense, with first-year starters Meg Burns, Kendall Gillette, Alicia Arcidiacono and goalie Grau, contested all of Marcellus' runs. Grau also had clear sight lines on the shots the Mustangs took.
Marcellus had one good opportunity after Miller's goal. Brielle Filtch, who on this day showed why she was a First Team all-state selection last season and likely will return to that team this year, hit a 35-yard liner that Grau caught with probably 30 seconds left.
"Marcellus didn't have a weak link and neither did we," More said of the teams, which attempted nine shots apiece. "It didn't matter who you were marking, you just had to stay strong in your position."
In four previous trips to the state finals, OHS lost each time, including a 1-0 setback to Marcellus in 2003, when an own goal in double-overtime gave the Mustangs the victory. That was the last of Sandford's 30 years as coach, a tenure that included 15 sectional titles and 440 victories, the latter a state record at the time of her retirement.
"Helen got called about 10 seconds after I fell to my knees," Mackey said.
Oneonta 2, Marcellus 1
CLASS B STATE FINAL
Sunday at Cortland State
Number preceding team indicates section
Oneonta ..... 0 2 - 2
Marcellus ..... 1 0 - 1
4-Oneonta (20-2-1): Mariah Ruff 1-0, Madison Miller 1-1, Taryn More 0-1.
3-Marcellus (20-2-1): Jade Sargeant 1-0.
Shots-corner kicks: O 9-3; M 9-7.
Goalies: Maddie Grau (O) 4; Maggie Fiacchi (M) 2, Emily Buschbascher 2.
Outstanding goalie: Maggie Fiacchi (Marcellus).
Outstanding offensive player: Jade Sargeant (Marcellus).
Outstanding overall player: Mariah Ruff (Oneonta).
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