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September 25, 2013

Yellowjackets settle for tie vs. Seton


While rolling to a 6-0 start this season, the Yellowjackets (6-0-1, 6-0-1) outscored their opponents, 46-1, and won each game by at least three goals.

Included in that start was an 8-0 win over Susquehanna Valley, a team that beat the Saints, 4-2, in SCC’s opener. Saints coach Kelly Vavalle said she didn’t have six of her players against SV.

It became apparent early on that the Yellowjackets would not have an easy time of it.

Though OHS had the better of play and wasted numerous scoring opportunities, it wasn’t anything close to dominant.

The Saints, who lost, 3-0, to the Yellowjackets in the 2011 sectional final and fell, 4-0, in overtime to OHS in last season’s Class B final, often were quicker to loose balls and did an excellent job of cutting off passing lanes.

“It was a little pin-bally,” Mackey said. “We’d play the ball to space and hope rather than adjust. Their sweeper moved back and I’m not sure we adjusted our passing angles.

“We have to decide individually if we want to get truly match fit or just talk about it,” he continued. “We have to get used to playing under pressure for 40 minutes a half. I’m confident we have enough leadership on our team to do that. If not, we can talk about what should have been or what could have been.”

Oneonta’s goal started with a free kick from the right side about 35 yards out. Mariah Ruff sent a ball into the middle of the box. It bounced around before Abby Picinich took a hard shot in the penalty box that hit off the hand of a Saints defender, setting up the penalty kick. More beat goalie Jessica Walter cleanly to the right side.

Later in the half, Nicole Harmer had possession on the left side of the box and played a ball out to an unmarked Ruff, but Ruff didn’t make good contact as the ball squirted way right.

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