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October 28, 2012

OHS boys strike again in OT

Staff Report

Believe it or not.

Connor Brown scored with 24 seconds left in regulation and Zach Joseph followed with the winner 38 seconds into overtime as Oneonta High beat Dryden, 2-1, in a Section Four Class B Boys Soccer Tournament semifinal Friday at the Wright National Soccer Campus.

The victory for the defending Section Four champion Yellowjackets (13-2) marked their third straight in overtime, and all three winners came within the first two minutes of the extra period.

OHS won its first Southern Tier Athletic Conference championship since 1985 with a 3-2 overtime defeat of Class AA Corning last Friday. That win followed a 4-3 OT victory over Class AA Vestal in a STAC semifinal on Oct. 17.

Neither of the STAC games had quite the same drama as Friday’s sectional opener for the second-seeded Jackets, though.

“We may have had a late goal to tie it before, but not that late; not in the last minute,” said OHS coach Alex Brannan, who took over the program after Oneonta’s first STAC-championship season in 1985. “I kept saying, ‘C’mon guys, you’ve got to believe we can do this. A minute’s a long time.’ That’s when Paul (Bischoff) got it and sent it forward.”

Brannan said Bischoff played an “incredible pass” from the back to the forward line for Brown, who turned on the ball and beat two defenders before scoring the equalizer.

Brown’s goal offset one by Dryden’s Jacob Czapranski, who beat OHS goalie Zach King (three saves) with 18 minutes, 43 seconds left in the first half for a 1-0 lead.

“That changed the whole momentum of the game,” Brannan said of Brown’s goal. “We were pushing and we were pushing hard. It looked like they were getting tired, so we tried to get more opportunities and shoot on goal. We had to get a shot on goal, and Connor got through and put one on goal.”

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