GREENE — Oneonta High senior goalie Emmalee Sloman visited seventh heaven Tuesday night.
In the seventh round of a penalty-kick shootout, Sloman denied Bronxville’s Claire MacMillen-Bell with a diving save near the left post and then sent OHS’ girls soccer team into Class B state semifinals by scoring on Broncos goalie Charley Warble.
The game goes into the books as a 1-1 tie, but the Yellowjackets advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 2004 with a tense 4-3 shootout victory. They also avenged a 1-0 loss to Section One’s Bronxville in last year’s Class B state quarterfinal.
“It’s a fitting end for Emmalee Sloman to get credit for the save and then turn right around and score the goal for as much as she’s meant to us after four years in goal,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said on a cool evening at Greene.
Sloman made three saves in the shootout before scoring the winner, a line drive to the upper-left corner that Warble didn’t come close to saving.
“I have no words right now,” said Sloman, who was swarmed by teammates after her decisive kick. “I’m very overwhelmed and I’m excited. I’m ecstatic. I can’t believe this is happening right now.”
Sophomore Taryn More also played a big role for the Jackets, tying the score in regulation off an assist from Mariah Ruff with 18 minutes, 54 seconds left. She was also the last of 10 shooters in the five-round shootout and scored cleanly to the right side, tying the score at 3 to force the sudden-victory shootout round.
“It’s surreal after losing to them last year,” More said. “It’s awesome to be back in this game and end up advancing.”
Next for the Yellowjackets (17-2-1) is a semifinal against Section Eight’s Cold Spring Harbor at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Tompkins Cortland Community College.