Mackey added that if his team plays well, it will have a chance.
One matchup to look for today will be OHS defensive standout Madison Miller against Bronxville’s Lucy Knolhoff. Both are sophomores.
Knolhoff scored three goals in the Broncos’ win over Spackenkill on Saturday.
Miller has specialized in the playoffs shutting down the opposition’s top offensive threat. She did so against Vestal’s Rachel Terry in helping the Yellowjackets to a 2-0 win in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference final and against Seton Catholic Central’s Alyssa Ricci during Oneonta’s 4-0 overtime win the Section Four Class B final.
“She can flat out fly,” Mackey said of Kohlhoff. “There aren’t many players faster (than OHS sophomore Brieanna Baker), but she might be.”
Another factor could be restarts. Last season, Bronxville’s goal came on a restart 50 seconds before halftime.
“This year, we haven’t allowed too many restarts in any game and we haven’t given up many corner kicks, which is one of our strongest points,” Ruff said. “This year, our defense is prepared for Bronxville.”
Added Mackey: “They scored on a restart Saturday and had a couple of dangerous chances Friday. If you give a quality team free looks, it’s not a good recipe for success. We’ve done a good job of avoiding those fouls in our defensive third while still being aggressive.”
In last year’s game, Ruff played a pivotal role by winning more than her share of 50-50 balls. She said with Miller, Shelby Cleaveland and Dani Nicosia, the Yellowjackets have excelled this season at winning balls in the air.
In one respect, today’s game mirrors this year’s World Series. The Detroit Tigers waited close to a week before the series against the San Francisco Giants started. The Giants wound up sweeping the series.