LaGRANGEVILLE There are very few certainties in the world of sports.
The Bronxville girls soccer team, though, has become one in terms of winning sectional titles.
Thanks to two goals from freshman Mason Warble, the No. 2 Broncos defeated No. 5 Albertus Magnus 2-1 in the Class B sectional final at Arlington for their fourth straight sectional title.
Bronxville will play Section 4’s Oneonta in the regional semifinals at Vestal High School on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
“We always say we don’t know anything else besides winning sectionals,” said Bronxville senior captain Maddie Campbell, who has been on varsity for the entire streak of sectional titles. “To keep it going is absolutely amazing.”
It hasn’t been an easy run for the Broncos. While Bronxville returned all but one starter from last season’s squad, the Broncos lost senior captain Meredith Donovan, their best player and backbone of their defense, for the season to a knee injury during league play.
Donovan’s injury served as a rallying point for the entire team, according to Bronxville coach Don Cupertino. Campbell, who has played soccer with Donovan since she was 5, wore Donovan’s jersey in her honor on Saturday.
“That’s who I am playing for right now,” said Campbell of Donovan. “Every pass I take and every shot I take is for her.”
Bronxville had its fair share of opportunities in the first half, including a Caitlin Fryer breakaway shot that was pushed away by a diving Emily Motti (13 saves), but neither team could get on the board in the first half.
“They were good defensively and the keeper made some great saves,” Cupertino said. “We knew we had to keep trying and keep pushing.”
It wasn’t until the 53rd minute that the Broncos were able to break through.
A deep shot from Warble slipped under the arm of Motti to give Bronxville the lead.
Cupertino said he has been urging Warble to not be afraid to take shots throughout the season.
“She can strike the ball pretty well,” Cupertino said. “I’ve been telling her all year to do that. She always wants to pass the ball off.”
Warble showed she wasn’t afraid to pull the trigger again midway through the second half when she scored from long range to make it 2-0.
The Falcons were able to cut the lead to one in the final two minutes when Brianna Flores slipped one past Charley Warble (eight saves).
“It’s just an unbelievable feeling to be able to win four in a row,” Cupertino said. “To do it with a lot of the same girls is really a special thing. It’s something that’s hard to believe.”
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