CARMEL, N.Y. – After a few preseason scrimmages, Bronxville High varsity girls soccer coach Don Cupertino saw his young team, with only one senior, coming together.
But the Broncos surpassed Cupertino's expectations Friday as they defeated Albertus Magnus, 2-1, in the Section 1 Class B Girls Soccer Championship game at Carmel High School.
Bronxville's Caroline Cory assisted on goals by Madison Campbell and Killian O’Donohue for the school’s third consecutive sectional title. The Broncos will play Section 9 champ Spackenkill at 11 a.m. Saturday at Arlington High School in a regional semifinal.
“We had a few scrimmages, and I remember saying to myself that we were going to be OK,” Cupertino said. “They were doing a nice job of playing off of each other.”
Cory displayed this in the final with her two assists. When confronted by an Albertus defender, she saw an open Campbell, who converted the feed with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
Cory led a two-on-one with O’Donohue. Once the Albertus defender committed to Cory, O’Donohue found a pass on her foot and finished it at the three-minute mark of the second half.
Albertus Magnus scored on a penalty kick two minutes later, but Bronxville’s defense did not allow the Falcons to get close after the goal.
Cory and her teammates enjoyed the moment. Last year, Bronxville had many seniors, including eight starters, so many of the current players either did not see much playing time or is new to varsity.
“This year it feels a lot more rewarding,” Cory said. “We felt we were under a lot of pressure this year because we only have one senior. We are a young team, and we had something to prove. But we knew we could do it.”
Cupertino watched his players enjoy the win before they all came over to hug him. “The girls have been working hard all year,” he said. “They didn’t want to let down this year. Instead, they all stepped up.”