Still, OHS won its third straight Southern Tier Athletic Conference title without Miller and Baker, and seemed poised to win by a lopsided margin early on Friday.
Freshman Mallory Herrick had a golden chance 1 minute, 10 seconds into play. She got her foot on a Ruff throw-in in the middle of the box, but her 6-yard shot hit the top of the crossbar and bounced over.
About two minutes later, Picinich beat a defender on the right side of the box, setting up a 1-on-1 with keeper Allie Frutchey. But Picinich didn’t seem sure whether she wanted to pass or shoot and wound up sending a weak shot that Frutchey saved.
Oneonta’s third chance resulted in the first goal.
More set up for a corner kick on the left side. Ruff was positioned about 20 yards out at the far post when More made contact. Ruff timed her run perfectly on More’s high serve to the right side, hitting the ball inside the near post with her right shoulder 4:43 into play.
“It’s something I’ve practiced,” More said of her high corner. “Usually, we try to get Madison on those, but obviously Madison is out injured. So the next tallest player and highest jumper would be Mar, so she goes for them now.”
Added Ruff: “Taryn gave me a great ball. It could not have been any more perfect. I just ran through it like Mackey tells us to.”
It looked as if OHS might increase its lead when Picinich was tackled in the box 21 minutes before halftime, but instead of awarding a penalty kick, an official gave OHS a free kick from 16 yards on the right side. More popped it over the goal.
That’s about when things started to turn in Waverly’s direction.
The Wolverines (12-3-2) used their short-passing game and controlled possession for most of the remainder of the half. Starting with 8:20 left in the half, Waverly generated five corner kicks over a span of 4:20.