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November 14, 2012

Jackets shoot to thrill

Goalie scores winner in quarterfinal shootout


Cold Spring Harbor, a Long Island team, defeated Section 11’s Babylon, 1-0, in two overtimes Tuesday.

For a brief period in the second half, it appeared the Yellowjackets would suffer the same fate as last year against the Broncos.

Last year, Bronxville scored on a re-start 50 seconds before halftime and went to win.

The Broncos (18-2-2) did it again this year. With 23:56 remaining in the second half, Killian Donahue set up for a free kick 30 yards out in the left-middle of the field. Donahue hit a gorgeous ball, a lofted shot to the far post that got over Sloman’s outstretched arms.

So perfect was Donahue’s shot you’d have had a hard time fitting a dime into the space the ball avoided hitting the crossbar and the right post.

“That was honestly a perfect goal,” Sloman said.

And once again, the Broncos led the Yellowjackets, 1-0.

But this time it would be short-lived.

An Oneonta squad that held advantages of 29-10 in shots and 9-4 in corner kicks, and generally controlled play throughout, continued to pressure.

Junior Ruff, who suffered a broken nose in Oneonta’s 4-0 victory over Seton Catholic Central in the sectional final Nov. 2 and wore a protective mask Tuesday, made a sparkling individual effort to set up More’s tying goal.

On the left side of the field and about 25 yards out, Ruff poked the ball from a Bronxville defender and then shot a gap along the outside of the 18-yard penalty box. She raced by another defender about 10 yards from the end line before serving a cross into the middle of the box.

“She’s really creative with the ball,” Mackey said of Ruff. “The same stuff she can do on the basketball court, she can do here. It’s outside-the-box-type thinking. She’s put a lot of time in here. Obviously, everybody here gets it that she’s going to be a Division I scholarship basketball player, but she’s stayed committed to the soccer team and we’re so appreciative she has.”

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