There was much to celebrate in soccer for our local area Sunday. The cap on a day that saw three out of four teams in the state finals win was Bronxville’s convincing 3-0 win over Section 11’s Port Jefferson.
Below is my game story and some extra notes. Photos are by Chris Kitchen. –Nancy
CORTLAND Four years after it was first able to say it was the top Class B team in the state, Bronxville gets to say it again.
Bronxville won its second state Class B soccer championship Sunday at SUNY Cortland, blanking Port Jefferson 3-0.
The Broncos got a first-half goal from sophomore Mason Warble and second-half tallies from seniors Caitlin Fryer and Lucy Kohlhoff.
Bronxville dominated much of the game. Royals goalie Noelle Zimmermann could count several outstanding saves among her 10. In fact, she had three in a row before Fryer found the ball out of scrum and scored with 33:10 left in the game to put the Broncos up 2-0.
That was a less-than-traditional goal for the University of Miami-bound forward, who was actually on the ground when she headed the ball in.
“Everyone was really scrambling. I just knocked it with my head,” said Fryer (pictured at right, battling Port Jefferson’s Corinne Scannell), one of several players, including Kohlhoff and goalie Charley Warble, who were on the last state title team.
“For them, it’s full circle,” coach Don Cupertino said. “To share that now (with their teammates) is a special, special thing.”
Bronxville, which won its fifth straight sectional title, didn’t give up many chances.
Port Jefferson (Section 11) put only three shots on Charley Warble.
Warble’s sophomore sister was named the game’s outstanding Bronco.
Seconds after Zimmermann made an outstanding save in close, the ball went out to Mason Warble, who found the upper left corner of the net from about 25 yards out.
Warble credited the championship in part to team chemistry.
“We’re all super close and really love each other,” she said.
Fryer, whose goal was her 20th of the season, had the game’s only assist, feeding Kohlhoff, who scored with 21:16 left.
“I tried my hardest,” said Fryer, who noted she wanted to leave Bronxville with her team on top.
Mason Warble said the state championship was the team’s goal from the first day of practice.
Cupertino noted there were no guarantees.
But from early on Sunday, it was pretty clear Bronxville would have that championship.
Notes: Kohlhoff (photo above) finished out her high school career with a championship and the large, padded cast she wore on her right arm for a broken wrist suffered earlier in the playoffs. … In pointing to the Broncos’ closeness, Mason Warble noted players attend a summer soccer camp together. … Bronxville had a lot of almosts. Early in the second half, Rachel Peacock made a couple of great moves, then found Mason Warble wide open in the middle but Warble’s shot from about 30 yards out sailed just over the crossbar. … Late in the first half, Royals fans howled a little bit, apparently hoping for a penalty kick call after Jillian Colucci was taken down while carrying the ball on Bronxville’s net. Instead, nothing was called. But the truth is, while multiple players were “assisted” to the turf, the game was far less physical than many of the games played over the weekend in Cortland and far, far, far less physical than North Rockland’s. … Fryer’s very good game came in very difficult conditions. A cold wind whipped through the stadium throughout the match. Fryer is heading south primarily for good soccer but also for the weather. “I hate the cold,” she said.