BRONXVILLE — The Bronxville girls soccer team realized changes needed to be made after suffering league losses to Eastchester and Pelham over the past two weeks.
A team meeting was held to discuss the Broncos’ goals and what needed to be done to reach them.
The realization for the three-time reigning Class B sectional champions was its approach to the season.
“We were more focused on long term,” Bronxville junior forward Lucy Kohlhoff said. “Now we just need to focus one game at a time.”
The Broncos secured a 3-1 win at home against the Eagles Tuesday after adopting their new attitude.
“After our two losses we decided that that’s not the way we wanted the season to go,” said Kohlhoff, who had goal and an assist in the win. “We wanted to show our town that we could actually play really well.”
It was a bittersweet win for Bronxville, as Broncos’ center back Meredith Donovan, a second-team all-state pick in 2012, left the game with a knee injury. Bronxville coach Don Cupertino said Donovan would get an MRI Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.
“(Donovan) is a special kid and the backbone of our team,” Cupertino said. “It’s going to be hard to overcome if it’s something bad.”
Kohlhoff finished a pass from Killian Donohue for the first goal of the game 15 minutes into the first half. Fallon Raviol headed in a Mason Warble free kick to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead four minutes into the second half.
Bronxville held a 2-0 lead in the teams’ last meeting, a 3-2 Eastchester victory.
“With the 2-0 (lead) it was kind of like, ‘Oh here we go again,’ ” said Bronxville goalie Charley Warble, who made nine saves. “I knew, somehow, that this time it was going to be different. I knew that we had the perseverance to hold them off.”
The Eagles had opportunities, including a penalty kick that went wide left, but were unable to take advantage. Kohlhoff chipped a ball to Caitlin Fryer who beat Clarissa Mejia (nine saves) on a breakaway to take a 3-0 lead.
Alessia Barca ruined Bronxville’s bid for a shutout with a goal off a pass from Rachel Berk with 12 minutes remaining.
Photo courtesy of Joe Larese/The Journal News.