Not only did Oneonta High lose its first two games of the season, the Yellowjackets also lost two of their top players to injuries.
Facing a pair of Class AA girls soccer standouts from Section Three, OHS lost, 2-0, to Cicero North Syracuse on Saturday before falling to defending Section Three Class AA champion Liverpool, 3-0, Sunday. Both games were played at Liverpool.
In the loss to CNS, the Yellowjackets lost speedy junior Brieanna Baker to a shoulder injury. In the setback against Liverpool, Daily Star co-Player of the Year Madison Miller suffered an injury to her right ankle.
Baker missed Sunday’s game and Mackey said she’ll likely miss Wednesday’s Southern Tier Athletic Conference semifinal against Vestal. He added defensive standout Miller, a junior, might have cracked a bone near her ankle. Mackey said the best-case scenario is 10 days to two weeks for Miller.
“We’d love to have them back when we need them for sectionals, but we won’t put their long-term health at risk,” he said.
On Saturday, Hanna Haven scored with 15 minutes left in the first half and Reid Garner had a goal three minutes into the second half as CNS held a 7-1 advantage in shots.
“Truthfully, at times we played as good of soccer as we’ve played all year,” Mackey said. “I was fairly happy with the middle portion of the game. We hit a couple of shots wide and had a couple of chances down there.”
On Sunday, Liverpool enjoyed an 18-2 advantage in shots.
Liverpool received first-half goals from Alexis Kline and Marissa Lombard, and a second-half goal from Emma Geyer.
Mackey singled out the play of Mallory Herrick and sweeper Meg Burns.
Herrick marked Liverpool standout Ore Akinpelu, who scored twice against OHS in a 4-3 victory last season.
“Mallory player her great and Meg Burns played great,” Mackey said.
Mackey said the games were useful in the sense that little mistakes the Yellowjackets have made against lesser teams were magnified against CNS and Liverpool.
“This is going to be better for us in the long term,” said Mackey, whose team is 11-2-1. “This is part of the process. Until you see it live, it’s tough to feel how quick the game is. Now, we can say, remember when this happened against Cicero or Liverpool and they’ll know what we’re talking about.”
Oneonta will host Vestal at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the STAC semifinal. The Yellowjackets defeated the Golden Knights in the last two STAC finals, winning 1-0, in 2011 and 2-1 in last season.
“Two years ago, we stole one and last year, we had the better of play or even play,” Mackey said, “so incentive won’t be an issue for (Vestal). They can come at you in waves, but with the tournament this weekend, it won’t be quite as shocking when Vestal does it. We’ll certainly have our hands full.”
Schenevus 5, RS 0
Sarah Mellor scored two goals and had an assist to lead host Schenevus to a Tri-Valley League win.
Mellor scored from 6 yards 5:20 into play. She then assisted on Taylor Bookhout’s goal from 12 yards with 29:30 remaining in the first half. Mimi Teft contributed a goal from 4 yards, with 25 minutes left to give Schenevus a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Mellor’s second goal came 11 seconds after halftime off an assist from Sierra Bentley. Nadine Gechert also scored for Schenevus (10-4-1, 8-4-1), which is off until sectionals start.
Downsville 2, Stamford 1
Kalieen Townsend scored two goals, including the winning goal with 1:16 remaining in the second half, to lead host Downsville to a victory in the Delaware League.
Townsend scored the go-ahead goal from 18 yards. She also headed in a Leigha LaTourette corner kick from 8 yards with 24 minutes left in the second half to tie the score at 1.
Brandy Fane scored from 20 yards five minutes into play for Stamford, which finishes the season with an overall record of 4-9-1, and 2-6-1 in the Delaware League.
Cooperstown 6, Middleburgh 2
Liz Millea scored four goals to lead visiting Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory.
Sarah Jane Morsko opened the scoring for Cooperstown. She scored to the far post from 20 yards off an assist from Jordian Siver with 23 minutes remaining in the first half. Two minutes later, Millea scored on a breakaway to give Cooperstown a 2-0 cushion at halftime.
Millea scored her second and third goals in the first 6:30 of the second half for Cooperstown (8-4-1, 3-4-1), which visits Dolgeville on Wednesday.
Delhi 2, B-G 0
Melissa Conrad and eighth-grader Logan Bruce scored in the second half Friday as Delhi celebrated Senior Night with a MAC victory at home.
Conrad beat B-G keeper Megan Ferrara (13 saves) to a 50-50 ball for a 6-yard goal midway through the second half. Bruce converted a pass from Casey Steffens less than two minutes later for the insurance goal.
Kaitlynn Finch made five saves for the Bulldogs, who held a 13-2 advantage in shots. Delhi plays Sidney on Tuesday, then meets B-G on Wednesday in a MAC crossover.
Oneonta 4, Seton 0
Kragh Delello scored three goals and Zach Joseph had one as Southern Tier Athletic Conference East Division champion Oneonta High won on the road.
The Yellowjackets capped their regular season with an 11-3 record.
Delello scored about 10 minutes into play to give OHS a 1-0 lead. It started with a scramble in front of the net. Seton Catholic Central goalie deflected a shot that went off of Delello and caromed back into the goal.
About two minutes later, four Yellowjackets had a hand in the second goal. J.D. Courtney sent a pass to Joseph, who sent a long pass across the field that Theo Malone tracked down. Malone took a touch toward the end line before sending a cross in front of the goal that Delello headed into the goal.
OHS will start defense of STAC title at 5 p.m. Tuesday, when it travels to West Division winner Corning.
“I know they have a good record,” OHS coach Alex Brannan said of Corning, a team the Yellowjackets beat, 3-2, in overtime in last season’s STAC final. “At one point, they were 11-1, but they had a good record last year and we beat them in the final.”
Cooperstown 5Little Falls 0
Jordan Manikus and Park Summers each scored twice to lead visiting Cooperstown to a win in the Center State Conference.
Tanner Clinton also scored a goal for Cooperstown, which scored all five of its goals in the second half.
Kevin Frevele had six saves for Cooperstown.
Schenevus 7, RS 0
Dave Vosatka and Jake Darling scored two goals apiece as host Schenevus cruised in the Tri-Valley League.
Darling and Vosatka scored about a minute apart six minutes into play.
Robert Burton, Kyle Darling and Anthony Cline also scored for the Dragons (7-6-2, 7-5-1), who will next play in the Section Four Class D tournament.
UV 5, Oxford 0
Derek Schwab scored twice to lead Unadilla Valley to a road victory in the MAC.
Nate Shackelton, Conor Pope and Lane Anson also scored for the Storm, who received six saves from Kyle King in the shutout.
Kristin Ratliff placed second overall in 19 minutes, and 41 seconds in the Coughlin Invitational at Rome Free Academy to lead the Cooperstown girls to a sixth-place finish.
Ratliff passed four runners in the last 400 yards of the race.
Rachel Garn of Marcellus won the 3.1-mile race in 18:42.
Ratliff’s teammate, Samantha Fanion, placed seventh 20:19. Cooperstown’s Jaime Zoltick finished 25th in 21:36.
The rest of the Cooperstown girl runners were Kate O’Handley (43rd place, 22:27), Margie Knight (54, 23:02), Molly Mooney (121, 27:46), Sylvia Johnson (122 in 27:47) and Maddy Sandler (133 in 31:03.
Daniel Francis placed 40th in 18:34 to lead the Cooperstown boys to a 12th place finish.
Jacob Russell finished in 44th place in 18:38. Connor Fay placed 62nd in 19:17.
Other Cooperstown runners were Kenneth Roberts (90, 21:25), Johnny Zhang (92, 21:39), Joe Peterson (97, 22:16), and Hunter Ducey (99, 24:02).
Cooperstown will travel to Holland Patent on Wednesday.
Logan Mancuso placed eighth on a 2.85-mile course in 16 minutes, 54 seconds to lead Oneonta High’s boys to a third-place finish in the Loyal Greenman Invitational at Ely Park in Binghamton.
Sam Baskin finished in 11th place in 17:02 and Luke Anderson placed 30th in 18:20.
Also running for OHS were Matt Longo (35th place, 18:33), Ryan Layman (37, 18:35), Erik Minerosa (52, 19:16) and Alex Kahl (75, 27:53).
Jamie Keown placed 17th in 21:32 to lead the Oneonta girls to a fifth-place finish.
Melissa Emilio finished 14 seconds later and placed 18th. Eliana Fox crossed in 24:32 and placed 46th, Amelia French finished in 25:03 and placed 51th, Nika Ficano finished in 26:48 and placed 54th and Rory Decker finished in 31:26 and placed 57th.
Natalie Hawkes of Chenango Valley won the race in 19:54.
Oneonta will compete in the STAC Championships at Owego on Oct. 26.