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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.

Unatego 4, Sidney 1

Torri Halaquist scored twice, and Mariah Scott and Erin VanAlstyne also had goals as visiting Unatego clinched the Midstate Athletic Conference Division I title.

The Spartans are unbeaten against MAC opponents. Sidney’s lone league losses came against the Spartans, both by 4-1 scores.

Unatego opened the scoring 5 1/2 minutes into play. Halaquist scored following a corner kick by Cassidy Newman.

“It was a scramble in front of the net,” Sidney coach Jody Gravelin said. “She drove it on the ground.”

Erin VanAlstyne made it 2-0 with 27:16 left in the second half.

“Their movement off the ball is incredible,” Gravelin said. “They’ve always played the same style. They get great attacks from their offensive midfielders. We had some momentary lapses in the midfield and any time we let them free, they capitalized.”

Mackensie Gravelin scored with 4:16 left for the Warriors (8-5, 7-2), who will host Delhi on Tuesday.

Delhi 3, Walton 0

Melissa Conrad scored the opening goal off an assist from Allyce McIntosh with 23:49 left in the first half, helping host Delhi to a victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

Logan Bruce set up Cassie Steffens for a 2-0 lead with 8:52 left before halftime, and Chelsea Cika capped the scoring on a 12-yard shot with 11:21 remaining in the game.

Delhi (7-6, 5-4) visits Bainbridge-Guilford today.

Janine Velardi made 17 saves for Walton (1-12, 1-8), which hosts Norwich on Saturday.

Greene 1, B-G 0

Paige Wilcox followed her own shot and scored with 7:19 left in the second half to lift visiting Greene in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

“She got by us and took it down,” B-G coach Cindy Cifone said of Wilcox. “She took it right at the goalie (Megan Ferrara). Our goalie made the save, but it came off of her hands and Paige put in the rebound.”

Cifone said her squad misfired on a breakaway and failed to covert on a few crossing passes.

“It’s the best game we’ve played all season,” Cifone said. “We had our opportunities but just didn’t put one in. It was a very well played game by both teams.”

Ferrara finished with 10 saves for the Bobcats (5-9, 4-6), who will play at Delhi today.

CV-S 3, RS 0

Lauren Loucks scored two goals to lead host Cherry Valley-Springfield to a victory in the Tri-Valley League.

Loucks started the scoring 13:32 into play with an 18-yard shot. Chelsea Zembower made it 2-0 with 16:58 left in the first half, and Loucks capped the scoring five minutes later. Jordan Loucks assisted on all three goals for the Patriots (12-1-1, 10-1-1), who got 10 saves from Kylie Graham in the shutout.

Vanessa Miller made 30 saves for Richfield Springs.

Cherry Valley-Springfield visits Milford on Monday to determine the Tri-Valley League’s East Division champion.

“I believe it will be the game of the season,” CV-S coach Amy Garretson said.

SK 8, H-T 1

Brianna Laing scored four goals as host South Kortright clinched the Mountain Division title.

Laing had two goals in each half. She opened the scoring five minutes into play after receiving a pass from Shianne Coss, who gave the Rams a 2-0 lead 10 minutes off an assist from Burkley Cole.

“It’s a nice young group we have,” SK coach Josh Burroughs said of winning the division title. “It’s a core of ninth- and 10th-graders. I’m proud of their play. It’s a big accomplishment for the team.”

Tori Rockefeller, Sam Acuna and Lexi Dubois also scored for the Rams (12-2, 8-0), who will host Davenport today at home.

The Rams and Wildcats have already played twice this season. Davenport won the first meeting, 1-0, in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup. The teams met again in the Chic Walshe Tournament consolation game, with SK winning, 1-0.

In addition to today’s game, the teams likely will meet in the Delaware League crossover final Oct. 19 at the Wright National Soccer Campus. And if the teams see each other in sectionals, that would make five games this season.

Heather Murin scored for Hunter-Tannersville.

Roxbury 3, Jefferson 1

Megan Cronk, Devin Fox and Shannon Sprague scored for Roxbury, which won at home in the Delaware League.

Fox’s goal with 9:48 left in the first half gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead. Sprague scored with 13:26 to play in the second half to make it 3-0.

Roxbury (7-7-1, 5-3-1) will next play in the Section Four Class D tournament, which starts Oct. 22.

Emily Wenner scored for Jefferson.