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.