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October 11, 2013

Oneonta girls win big to cap unbeaten STAC season

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Oneonta High received goals from seven players and capped an 11-0-1 run through the Southern Tier Athletic Conference with a 7-0 girls soccer victory over Chenango Forks on Thursday night at Lloyd Baker Field.

“We tried to move it around,” said Yellowjackets Jerry Mackey, whose East Division title winning squad will play Metro Division champion Vestal in a STAC semifinal at home Wednesday.

Brieanna Baker scored five minutes into play off an assist from Taryn More. With 10 minutes left in the half, More scored on a penalty kick to make it 2-0 after an OHS player was tackled in the penalty box. Abby Picinich gave the Jackets a 3-0 lead off an assist from More just before halftime.

Taylor Hitchcock, Nicole Harmer, Mariah Ruff and Emily Ahlqvist also scored for OHS.

Sledding figures to get considerably tougher this weekend when the Yellowjackets travel to Syracuse to play a pair of Section Three powers. OHS will play at Cicero North Syracuse at 3 p.m. Saturday before going to Liverpool at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“I’ve seen them both,” said Mackey, whose team dropped a pair of one-goal games against the same teams last season. “Both teams have most of their players back from last year. Liverpool has a couple more start-stop explosive athletes, so it’s better we’re playing them second.

“In the first 8-10 minutes, it’s going to seem like everything is on fast forward for us,” he continued. “Win, lose or draw it will be a good springboard for the postseason.”

For the STAC playoffs, if OHS beats Vestal on Wednesday, it will play Seton Catholic Central or Elmira next Friday in the STAC final. The Yellowjackets likely will travel for the final.

OHS has won the last two STAC titles. It also has won the last two Section Four Class B titles, the latter leading to an appearance in the Class B state final.

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