OHS didn’t allow a shot on any of them, but several of Emilie Myers’ corners looked promising in the air.
“We got one (goal) and I think we followed that up with some of the worst soccer we’ve played all season,” Mackey said. “I think some of it is a testament to the way Waverly played. Normally, a seventh seed is not 12-3, but they have a good program. We were lucky. They had that five-minute burst where it seemed like they had 75 corners.”
Though Waverly played well between the 18-yard boxes, it struggled to get good looks in the attacking third of the field.
Oneonta held a 14-1 advantage in shots and much of that was because the Wolverines couldn’t beat OHS defenders in the box. Sweeper Meg Burns combined with defenders Alicia Arcidiacono, Kendall Gillette and Ruff to thwart Waverly’s runs.
“When we got into the attacking third, or a little outside it, we kept looking for that one big ball and they’re too good defensively for us to do that on them,” said Waverly coach Brian Myers, whose team lost, 4-1, to OHS in a sectional semifinal last season. “They recovered and adjusted well when we looked for that extra pass.”
Neither offense did much in the first 15-20 minutes of the second half.
Then the Yellowjackets took control over the final minutes against a Waverly squad that didn’t substitute the entire game.
Frutchey made two dynamite saves in the second half.
The first came when Picinich blew by a defender on the left side before bringing the ball to the middle. She shot from 18 yards, but Frutchey made a sliding deflection and then covered the rebound with 23:10 left.
Ten minutes later, Taylor Hitchcock had possession deep in the box on the left side and sent a low shot toward the far post, but a diving Frutchey reached out with both hands and caught it.