OHS stood in disbelief twice in the early stages of the second half as well. The first came 29 seconds after halftime, when fourth-seeded Chenango Forks (9-8) took the opening touch down the middle of the field and tied the score with a high shot to the right side.
“It happened quickly,” Blue Devils coach Jarod McMullen said of Brandon Dutcher’s goal, which came off an assist from Jesse Ingraham. “We had to make some adjustments and settle down. That had a lot to do with it, just settling into the game. It’s a big game. We haven’t been here since 2008. So it took us a whole half to settle in and once we did, we put one in.”
Oneonta countered a few minutes later with a long throw-in by Wolstenholme that set up a scrum inside the 18-yard box. Arthur Ingraham tracked the zig-zagging ball, then dived backwards to stop it.
“The goalie was on the goal line and he reached back,” Brannan said. “Kragh was in the net and I was asking (the line referee), ‘Are you sure you were in the right position? ... because from where I’m standing, it looked like it was in the net.’ “
Said McMullen: “We’ve got three officials and we had an official right there right in position. He’s got a better look than I do. I’m watching to see if his flag goes up and he never made the signal. He’s right on the line and he was in position. He made the right call. He was right there.”
Perhaps even more surprising is that OHS failed to score while the clock was actually running for almost 85 minutes. Paluch’s left-footer went in 4:22 into overtime for the Jackets, who finished with advantages of 10-6 in shots and 12-1 in corner kicks.