“I think we were all over them, but I think we were all over them from our 30(-yard line) to their 18,” Mackey said. “I said (at halftime), we needed to show some urgency to finish one. Realistically, it didn’t look like with our shape that they were probably going to get one. So the best we’re hoping for now is pks? That’s what we’re going to do, go to a coin flip?”
Hitchcock put that possibility to rest by scoring on Oneonta’s third shot of the second half. After Mariah Ruff’s cross from the right side went wide and More’s low liner was smothered by Spackenkill goalie Meghan Pantano in the opening minutes, Hitchcock ended up with the ball and an open lane up the middle. She carried the ball a short distance, cut backwards to shake a defender and slammed a 30-yard riser into the upper-right side of the Spartans’ goal for a 1-0 Oneonta lead 3:07 into the second half.
“We pushed better in the second half,” said Hitchcock, who was carried off the field after her leaping attempt to flick Nicole Harmer’s corner kick to the far post ended with a rolled ankle that absorbed the impact of her touch down on the turf field. “We decided to start shooting. I decided just to take one to get a shot on goal and it went in thankfully.”
Although Hitchcock was out for the remainder of the game, OHS still had plenty of offensive weapons at its disposal in midfielders Mariah Ruff, Madison Miller and Brieanna Baker, as well as forwards Picinich and More. The five were instrumental in keeping the Jackets on the attack and, on the rare occasions that Spackenkill threatened at the other end, Meg Burns, Kendall Gillette, Alicia Arcidiacono and Harmer were quick to send the ball in the opposite direction.