Things shifted back to Vestal’s favor thereafter. It took four corner kicks in a four-minute span before Antonakos scored her second goal, with 8:24 to go.
The speedy forward penetrated along the end line in the left corner, beating two OHS defenders along the baseline. She then dribbled back upfield to give herself an angle before driving a waist-high, 20-yard shot that settled into the side netting to tie it at 2.
“It could have taken the wind out of our sails at 2-2, but we talked,” Mackey said. “I told them if I said to you as soon as BB and Madison went out on Sunday, I’ll give you 20 minutes to go to the STAC final, would you sign up for it? Of course you would.”
Mackey said he’s proud of the way his squad responded without Baker and Miller, both of whom will be out for Friday’s STAC final and could miss the beginning of sectionals.
“That’s a great accomplishment and something they should be proud of,” Mackey said of having a chance to win a third straight STAC title. “With Madison and BB out, we had three girls on the field who played last year against Vestal and Elmira.”
Last season, OHS beat Elmira, 2-1, in overtime in a STAC semifinal.
“Everyone stepped up,” Ruff said. “Mallory (Herrick) had a great game, Kendall (Gillette) had a great game, Abby (Picinich) had a great game. Everyone was unbelievable. (Goalie) Maddie (Grau) played well. Everybody stepped up for everybody.”
Oneonta 3, Vestal 2
at Lloyd Baker Field
Vestal 1 1 0 0 – 2
Oneonta 1 1 1 0 – 3
Vestal (10-4): Victoria Antonakos 2-0.
Oneonta (12-2-1): Taryn More 1-0, Nicole Harmer 1-0, Taylor Hitchcock 1-0, Mariah Ruff 0-2.
Shots-corner kicks: V 9-7; O 11-1.
Goalies: Aubrey Petcosky (V) 4; Maddie Grau (O) 8.
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