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November 13, 2012

OHS, Bronxville reverse roles


OHS hasn’t played since beating Seton on Nov. 2 _ that game also at Greene.

Because of Hurricane Sandy, Section One had to push back its schedule. Bronxville has played four times since the Yellowjackets beat SCC to win their second straight Section Four title.

But Mackey said with Ruff breaking her nose in the win over the Saints, along with a couple of other players nursing minor injuries, it was a welcome break for his squad.

“We had a couple of stretches this season where we went 5-7 days between games,” he said. “I think we’re OK with the down time, but in an ideal world, we would have fewer days of down time.

“But the stuff (Bronxville) was dealing with is way more important than soccer,” he continued. “We understand and we have no problem waiting.”

Ruff will wear a mask today to protect her nose, which she injured in the second half against SCC.

“I’m starting to get used to it,” she said.

Offensively, OHS has spread the wealth this season. Senior Cami Cleaveland leads the way with 19 goals and seven assists. Classmate Dani Nicosia has 13 goals and 13 assists, and sophomore Taryn More has contributed 16 goals and five assists.

Freshman Abby Picinich follows with 13 goals and eight assists, Baker has nine goals and 11 assists, and Ruff has six goals and 11 assists.

The winner of today’s game will play Section Eight’s Cold Spring Harbor or Section 11’s Babylon in a state semifinal at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Cold Spring Harbor and Babylon play at 2:30 p.m. today at Dowling College.

“Last year, I felt if we played (Bronxville) 10 times, they were going to win more than five,” Mackey said. “This year, I don’t feel that’s the case.”

The other semifinal is already set, with defending state champion Schalmont facing Greece Odyssey at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Cortland High School. That game is a rematch of last year’s state final that Schalmont won, 4-0. Schalmont also beat Bronxville, 4-0, in a state semifinal last season.

The state championship is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday at Cortland State.

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