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October 3, 2013

Fast start paces Yellowjackets


Goals by Mariah Ruff and Taylor Hitchcock in the first seven minutes sparked host Oneonta High to a 5-0 Southern Tier Athletic Conference girls soccer victory over Chenango Valley on Wednesday.

The win marked the third in as many days for the Yellowjackets (9-0-1, 9-0-1), who beat Johnson City, 8-1, on Monday and Windsor, 7-1, on Tuesday.

Ruff opened the scoring three minutes into play. She scored inside the left post from 16 yards after receiving a throughball from Taryn More. Four minutes later, Ruff assisted Taylor Hitchcock, who scored from 12 yards.

Nicole Harmer and Alicia Arcidiacono also scored before halftime, giving OHS a 4-0 lead.

Ruff, More and Hitchcock finished with a goal and an assist apiece for the Yellowjackets, who advanced to the Class B state final last season and are ranked fifth in the state in Class B this season.

“Polls are meaningless in my opinion,” said OHS coach Jerry Mackey, whose team outshot the Warriors, 26-2. “This isn’t college football.”

The Yellowjackets will travel to play Chenango Valley again Tuesday.

Morris 2, Franklin 0

In a rematch of last season’s Section Four Class D final, visiting Morris received goals from Alexis Forgit and Haley Wist en route to a Tri-Valley League victory.

“We didn’t match their intensity,” said Franklin coach J.J. Laing, whose team tied Morris, 1-1, in last season’s sectional final and advanced to the state playoffs by winning a shootout.

Forgit scored the game’s first goal. She shot to the far post from 15 yards after getting a pass from Morgan Flint with 9:51 left in the opening half.

Wist made it 2-0 with 18:07 left in regulation. She scored from 18 yards.

Marisa Cawley and Jordan Beers made three saves apiece for the Purple Devils (7-3, 7-3), who were outshot, 9-8.

Kaylyn Oliver stopped all seven shots she faced for Morris.

Franklin will travel to Delaware League power South Kortright on Friday.

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