With four minutes left in the half, the Saints’ Michaela Farrell sped past Kendall Gillette and Baker along the left sideline. She dribbled for about 40 yards before sending a short pass to Genna Michitti, who was 1-on-1 with OHS goalie Maddie Grau in the left-middle of the field. But Michitti’s shot missed by about 3 yards to the far post.
Oneonta wasted little time doubling its lead in the second half.
One minute, 22 seconds into the second half, Ruff again had a throw-in from right side near the end line. This one found the head of Hitchcock, who scored inside the near post from about 5 yards to make it 2-0.
Hitchcock had numerous close calls in Oneonta’s 2-0 sectional quarterfinal victory over Waverly and its 3-0 win over Susquehanna Valley in the sectional semifinal.
“Of course, it’s frustrating when I hit the post a couple of times, but I’m just glad we were able to advance as a team and I’m happy I was able to put one in,” Hitchcock said.
Ruff said the Yellowjackets have added some options on her throws, some of which travel 30-35 yards.
“We’ve been talking about my throw-ins a little bit and we don’t want one set play for them,” said Ruff, adding that she could barely sit still in school Friday because she was looking forward to playing the Saints again. “We don’t have one set play anymore and I think they’re a little better now.”
After Hitchcock’s goal, the ball rarely left Seton’s side of the field as Oneonta pressured throughout the second half. The Yellowjackets’ runs didn’t lead to many scoring chances, but the Saints couldn’t generate any offense with the ball on their side of the field.
“Last game, I thought they might have had the ball more in our end,” Picinich said. “The ball was more evenly distributed (in the regular-season game). I definitely thought we had possession most of the time tonight.”