Ruff’s level of commitment reached its apex in Oneonta’s 4-0 overtime victory over Seton Catholic Central as OHS won its second straight Section Four Class B title. She suffered a broken nose in the second half, but after brief break on the sidelines to get the blood stopped, she returned. Ruff played the remainder of the season with a protective mask covering her face.
Perhaps Ruff received her cue to ignore physical problems from Miller, a Second Team all-state performer. During a 2-1 overtime defeat of Elmira in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference semifinal, Ruff said Miller became ill.
“One of the funniest moments came when we were playing Elmira,” Ruff said. “Madison threw up on her jersey. She said to me, ‘What should I do?’ I was just like, ‘Keep playing.’ She showed she has heart and we won the game.”
The list of players Miller stymied during Oneonta’s postseason run was long and distinguished.
It started with Vestal’s Rachel Terry during the STAC final, a 2-0 Oneonta victory that marked the Yellowjackets’ second straight conference title. Terry earned Second Team all-state honors in Class A.
In a Section Four Class B semifinal, she drew the assignment to cover Waverly’s Liia Carpenter, who scored 32 goals.
Next was Seton Catholic Central’s Alyssa Ricci, who’ll play soccer this fall at Division II Le Moyne College.
In a shootout victory over Bronxville in a Class B state quarterfinal, Miller drew the speedy Lucy Kohlhoff.
In the state semifinals against Cold Spring Harbor, Miller covered First Team all-state selection Teressa Fazio and helped Oneonta to a 1-0 victory.
Finally, in a 3-1 overtime loss to Greece Odyssey in the state final, Miller guarded Class B Player of the Year Emily Tucker.
Those girls combined for zero goals and zero assists against Miller.