“We look so good and say that’s what we want to do and then all of a sudden … blah,” Vestal coach Bill Stepanovsky said of his team’s strong start that was followed by so-so play for the last 20 minutes of the opening half and first 20 minutes of the second half.
Oneonta tied it 7:15 before halftime on what could best be described as a soft goal.
Taryn More controlled a ball on the right hash mark, 33 yards out. She sent a hard, low skipper toward the left post. Vestal goalie Aubrey Petcosky arrived in plenty of time to make the save, but the ball powered through her hands and into the goal.
“If that’s somebody else, you probably don’t even take a crack at it,” said Mackey, explaining that More’s leg strength made it possible for the shot to get past Petcosky.
Another shot that Petcosky got both hands on resulted in the Yellowjackets’ second goal.
Ruff set up for a throw-in from the left side. It almost sounded like she was playing basketball when the throw left her hands. It appeared to slip out of her hands as she released it and Ruff yelled, “short” as soon as she let it go. It looked harmless enough until it caromed out to Harmer near the left corner of the box. Harmer did not make clean contact, but the ball popped high into the air and toward the far post.
Petcosky backpedaled a few steps and reached up. The ball glanced off of her hands and into the goal as OHS took a 2-1 lead with 34:51 left in the second half.
OHS generated a few more chances over the next 10 minutes. Two minutes after Harmer’s goal, More sent a wicked corner kick that Petcosky bobbled and then secured near the goal line. Ruff then blasted a 50-yard free kick that skipped past the left post with 29:45 left, Harmer had a shot go wide of the left post with 27:45 to go, and Ruff had a throw-in that caromed off the crossbar with 26 1/2 minutes to go.