Finally, GO’s pressure paid off. The Leopards also benefited from a friendly bounce on the play.
A high ball was served into the middle of the field, about 25 yards away. Oneonta’s Jen Jelic and Walsh jostled for position. Jelic stepped forward, but the ball just eluded her and went to Walsh, who had time to take a couple of touches. Walsh then struck a perfect liner into the upper-right corner to tie the score at 1.
“That was a great strike,” Mackey said of Walsh’s equalizer.
If the Yellowjackets watch a replay of the final, the goal they’ll likely be angry about giving up came with 2:22 left in the first overtime.
Even as the Leopards pressured in the second half, OHS maintained its shape defensively and made things tough on GO.
That was not the case on the go-ahead goal.
Marlowe gained possession in the left-middle of the field, about 40 yards out.
She blew by an OHS defender and penetrated deep, just outside the left side of the box. Cleaveland had to move toward Marlowe, leaving the middle of the box open. Marlowe then sent a crossing pass to the middle, and Dohr one-timed it inside the left post from 12 yards.
“Whenever there’s an open space, I like to dribble and create opportunities,” Marlowe said of her assist.
Added Mackey: “At that point, it was probably something that broke down earlier in the play.”
Marlowe ended any chance of an OHS comeback when she scored on a 35-yard blast to the far post with less than two minutes left in the second overtime.
Junior midfielder Mariah Ruff was named Oneonta’s outstanding player of the final and the semifinal, and Sloman (six saves) was named the outstanding goalie of the championship game.