ONEONTA – Those expecting Oneonta High’s girls to roll through Seton Catholic Central as they had their first six opponents of 2013 left surprised Tuesday.
Those expecting to see some daylight by game’s conclusion also departed the Wright National Soccer Campus with an unexpected outcome.
And anyone expecting the Southern Tier Athletic Conference game to be played to its scheduled ending … well, that didn’t happen either.
It ended in a 1-1 tie, with 5 minutes, 20 seconds left in the second overtime. By that point, it was so dark the officials had no choice but to end it. Rules call for girls teams to play two mandatory 10-minute overtimes.
It was 7:16 p.m. when it was called.
The Saints’ bus showed up about five minutes before the scheduled 5 p.m. start. It was close to 5:30 p.m. by the time it started.
“With Seton Catholic coming to Oneonta once every two years, it’s disappointing they can’t figure out some arrangement with the busing people,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said. “They contract out (for busing). Even if we had lost, because Seton had some chances in overtime, too, the fact we can’t end overtime with two of the top teams in Class B playing because Seton can’t figure out how to get a bus here on time is disappointing.”
The teams, who’ve met in the last two Section Four Class B finals, had vastly different reactions at the end. The Saints celebrated and the Yellowjackets seemed dejected.
“I think we got caught off guard a little bit,” said OHS junior Taryn More, who scored her area-leading 12th goal of the season on a penalty kick with 19:38 left in the first half to give the Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead. “We haven’t really been challenged this year. All of a sudden, we’re having defenders on us quickly. I think we’re used to having more time to finish so I think that messed us up.”