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September 10, 2013

OHS girls pound another STAC foe

Staff Report

This three-up-and-three-down start to Oneonta High’s girls soccer season has yielded 20 goals for the Yellowjackets and none for their opposition.

The latest blowout came in a 7-0 Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory at Chenango Forks on Monday.

Madison Miller, the co-Daily Star Player of the Year in 2012 with teammate Mariah Ruff, scored three goals and Taryn More contributed a goal and three assists.

A defensive stopper for the Yellowjackets last season, Miller already has five goals this season.

“First of all, she’s so good in the air,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said of Miller, who stands close to 6 feet, “and she’s so physically gifted that she can hold off those 50-50 charges. After a few minutes of pushing up, and generating corner kicks and throw-ins, you could hear (Chenango Forks’) coaches and fans yelling, ‘Find 25 (Miller’s uniform number).’”

More assisted on Oneonta’s first three goals. She set up Abby Picinich’s goal 2 minutes, 25 seconds into play that made it 1-0. Then 55 seconds apart late in the first half, Miller finished two More corner kicks. The first came on a header 5:25 before halftime and the second was off a volley with 4:30 left in the half.

The Yellowjackets generated 17 corner kicks, with 11 coming in the first half.

OHS scored four goals in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half. Brieanna Baker assisted on three of those.

“BB was running like she was shot out of a cannon,” said Mackey, whose team has won the past two Section Four Class B and STAC titles, and advanced to the Class B state final last season. “She’d get to the (end) line and then was laying it off to others to finish.”

Taylor Hitchcock and Ruff also scored for OHS, which will host Chenango Valley on Wednesday at the Wright National Soccer Campus.

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