That Elmira miscue resulted in Oneonta’s only corner kick, and the Jackets capitalized after Taryn More’s serve cleared opposing goalie Taylor White (three saves).
“It went over the goalie toward the back post,” Mackey said. “There was a bunch of traffic in the box, but (Ruff) went up and got it. The ball went in off her shoulder. She was clearly higher than the defender. If anything, she overjumped.”
More got the assist on Ruff’s goal, which came with 7:57 gone in the title match. Mackey said the two fueled Oneonta’s offensive attacks throughout, most of which were created by throw-ins from Ruff.
“Anytime the ball went out of bounds, they were aware of (Ruff’s) long throw-ins,” Mackey said. “Most of the year, kicking the ball out of bounds isn’t a big deal. We only had one corner kick, but we had 25 throws from 20 yards in. We put a lot of pressure on them.”
Mackey also highlighted the defensive efforts of Alicia Arcidiacono and Kendall Gillette, who helped limit the touches of Elmira’s top forwards, Tianna Hatch-Dailey and Sierra Barr.
“They played great on them and Meg Burns played great as far as clearing us out of trouble,” Mackey said. “Grau made some big saves in traffic, too, and they certainly came at a great time.”
Grau saved her best for last, capping a seven-save shutout with an overhead grab on Elmira’s seventh and final corner kick.
“She went up and made a great save,” Mackey said. “There were 20 players in the box, fans from both sides were going crazy, everyone was standing up and you could see the clock ticking down. I’m so proud of our girls. We have a core group of nine that have played 180 straight minutes now against Vestal and Elmira with no subs. We were under pressure, playing a defensive position and exhausted. Now we have a week to rest and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”