The Broncos’ best chance early in the second half came six minutes in. A Bronxville player in traffic got her head on a throw-in, but OHS goalie Maddie Grau was there to save it at the near post.
“I started yelling, ‘We have to match their intensity,’ “ Mackey said of his team’s slow start after halftime. “They’re winning every 50-50, they’re shooting gaps and that’s because they’re not worried about the result if they don’t get it; they’re trying to get it.
“Meg Burns, Alicia Arcidiacano and Kendall Gillette played great defensively,” he continued. “I felt like we earned it. I felt like we played good soccer.”
Senior sweeper Burns seemed to be in perfect position all night, hitting long clearing passes to thwart Bronxville runs.
“The one thing Mackey stresses is push them to the outside or to their left foot,” Burns said. “He wants us to play the odds and lower the amount of shots that get to the middle with their right foot.”
Grau, who finished with six saves, made her best stop with 17 1/2 minutes left. Bronxville’s Mason Warble shot from the right side of the box and Grau tipped it forward before Oneonta’s defense cleared it.
Thereafter, the Yellowjackets had their best chances on a pair of breakaways by the speedy Picinich. Both times Picinich came in from the left side, but Charley Warble (five saves) made sliding deflections on those runs, with 12:30 and 11:20 left.
Much has changed for the Yellowjackets in the past 3 1/2 weeks. Since losing back-to-back games to Section Three powers Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool in mid-October, during which Baker and Madison Miller suffered injuries that kept them out for three and four games, respectively, OHS has won its third straight Southern Tier Athletic Conference and sectional titles. Now, the Yellowjackets have advanced to the state quarterfinals for third straight year.