Goalie Maddie Grau benefited the most from Oneonta’s strong defensive effort. She made two saves, both in the second half, in the Jackets’ sixth straight shutout and 13th of the season.
“I played more defensively today,” said Spackenkill coach Michael Corbett, whose program has won the last three Section Nine titles. “I usually have two people up top. Today, I went with one because I wanted to be able to stay in that game. You get down a goal in a game like this, it’s tough coming back. So I wanted to keep it close. The first half it went our way, and then that was the end of it.”
More all but secured Oneonta’s state-semifinal berth with 14:35 left. More carried the ball a few feet from the left line of the 18-yard box and was tripped from behind as she attempted to break into the penalty area. The head referee indicated the foul occurred before More crashed inside the box, giving her a free kick from about 16 yards out on the left side.
“Obviously a restart from there, we’re looking to put that one on the frame,” Mackey said. “We talked before because sometimes she’ll airmail one. I said if (Pantano) saves it, great, but let’s get it on the frame.”
More put everything she had into her kick to the far post, lining a high shot into a crawl space between Pantano’s left hand and the crossbar for a 2-0 lead. After the ball went in, More stood still but turned her head in Mackey’s direction and slyly smiled.
“I was looking to Mackey,” said More, who got hit with a yellow card early in the second half for being a little too close while jabbing her head at a Spackenkill throw-in attempt. “He said you gotta either go for it and go for a goal or put it on someone’s head. I credit him for that. Mackey had me practicing with Maddie for her sake so she could save those, but it ended up helping me out, too.”