Bronxville takes on Section 4 champion Oneonta Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Greene High School. This is Bronxville’s third year in a row making the regional final. Last year, the Broncos made it all the way to the state semifinals before losing to the eventual state champion in Class B.
Despite graduating eight seniors last season, the Broncos had a stellar regular season, which earned them the No. 2 seed in the section playoffs. Following a 110-minute clash with a strong Pleasantville squad that resulted in Bronxville advancing via penalty kicks, the Broncos charged past Lourdes, North Salem and Albertus Magnus en route to the section title.
In their 4-2 win over Spackenkill in the regional semifinals, Bronxville took it to the opponent right away, scoring seven minutes into the game on a perfectly executed counterattack. Killian Donohue (one goal, two assists) and Lucy Kohlhoff (three goals) had superb games, and the defense kept a fast Spackenkill offense at bay for basically the entire game. Aislinn Speranza, an ultra-quick forward with great change-of-direction ability, had her array of moves to the goal constantly foiled by Bronxville’s defenders.
The Broncos really pack the middle well. Meredith Donovan is great at center back. Elise Weir and Taylor Sears are versatile and quick on the outside. Claire MacMillan-Bell presents a physical presence in the middle, and the other mids constantly come down to help out. Charley Warble is a savvy goalkeeper with great awareness.
Oneonta will of course present a new challenge. Oneonta was ranked No. 1 in the Class B statewide rankings at one point this year, though that ranking is hardly definitive or predictive considering how these teams change throughout the year. Still, it indicates that this game will likely be incredibly competitive.
“I know they’re strong, well-prepared,” Bronxville coach Don Cupertino said. ”Got a couple good midfielders, got a good forward. I think they’re 17-2 or something like that.”
No injuries to report on Bronxville. They’ll be going in as healthy as can be this late in the season.
“Obviously playing those two games Friday and Saturday, it wasn’t easy, but their fitness has been very good throughout the year,” Cupertino said.
If Bronxville wins, they will play in the state semifinals on Saturday.