The boys’ soccer team celebrates after winning the regional title. Photo by D. Fenner
By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Nov. 25, 2020: It was a challenging fall season for the Bronxville athletic teams, who were unable to start practice until late September and did not begin their season until October. The athletes had to adjust to wearing masks and be aware of social distancing rules throughout the season. The usual regional and state championships were canceled early on, but Section 1 decided to hold playoffs and implemented a new playoff format based on regions.
Despite all the obstacles caused by the pandemic, the Bronxville athletes persevered, winning four Small School Southern Westchester Regional Championships in boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer, field hockey, and girls’ cross country.
The boys’ soccer team, the defending Class B Champion, entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, having lost only one game during the regular season. In the quarterfinals held at home last Wednesday, the Broncos defeated No. 8 Westlake and picked up a second victory on Friday against No. 4 Leffell in the semis.
In the final game against No. 3 Pleasantville, the Broncos shut out the Panthers 3-0 to win the Regional Championship. Ellis Goodson scored in the first half with an assist from Henry Sheehan, and Will Redman scored two goals in the second half. J.P. Swenson had seven saves for Bronxville. Bronxville finished the season 12-1-0 and are Champions for the second straight year.
The Broncos in the regional final against Pleasantville. Photo by J. Murrer.
There were restrictions in place limiting the number of fans in the stands at Chambers Field, but there were many fans in parked cars who were honking as time ran out and the Broncos picked up the win. The team ran toward the fans in their cars to celebrate and show their appreciation.
“It was a great way for us to end our season, considering what the players have been dealing with the past eight months,” said Coach Donny Lucas. “For both teams to have this opportunity to play was a great accomplishment by Section 1 and everyone involved to make this happen. I could not be prouder of the way my team played today and all season long. “
The girls’ soccer team advanced to the regional finals by defeating Dobbs Ferry 7-0 in the quarterfinals and Westlake 3-0 in the semis. In the final game, the No. 2 Broncos prevailed over No. 1 Pleasantville, the defending Class B State Champion. The Broncos took a 2-0 lead in the first half with goals scored by Lily Jebejian. Pleasantville came out and scored one early in the second half, but the Bronco defense was able to shut them down after that lone goal. Molly Krestinski added another Bronco goal late in the second half to give the Broncos a 3-1 victory.
The Broncos in the semifinal win against Westlake on Saturday. Photo by J. Murrer.
“It was a great effort with four team members out for COVID-related quarantine,” said Coach Don Cupertino. “The team turned the negative into a positive and really stepped up. It was a true team effort for this great group of girls.”
The blustery weather during the final game made for challenging play.
“We changed the lineup several times to keep things moving, especially with a furious wind,” said Cupertino. “The season had its moments of challenging times for sure. We were fortunate that we were able to have a season at all, and winning in this fashion, beating the state champions, was incredible!”
The girls’ soccer team holding the Regional Championship trophy. .
The No. 2 field hockey team lost four games in a row at the end of the regular season, but they regrouped in the playoffs to defeat Irvington 4-0 in the regional semifinals and captured the Regional Championship with a 3-0 shut out over No. 4 Hastings. Carmen Phillips scored the first goal for the Broncos, followed by a goal from Ellie Clifford with an assist from Isabela Fenner. The final goal was scored with 2:23 left in the game by Phillips with an assist from Olivia Gunther. The field hockey team finished the season with an 8-4-1 record.
Carmen Phillips (9) scores for the Broncos in the game against Hastings. Photo by David Fenner.
“As this year continues to be unpredictable, what had been predictable from day one of our season was the unmatched determination of our student athletes,” said Coach Jacquelyn Frawley. “Once we were granted a season to play beginning at the end of September, these girls had one goal in mind, Section One Champions. Brackets may not have looked the same as in the past, but these girls pushed to play day after day. Defeating Hastings solidified the tireless efforts of all involved.”
The girls’ field hockey team holding the Regional Championship plaque. Photo by David Fenner.
Girls’ Cross Country
The girls’ cross country team had a very different season running five meets at the Hudson Valley Sportsdome in Milton. The team improved each week and ended the season winning the Small School Southern Westchester Regional Championship and placing six runners in the top 20. Maddy Williams placed 2nd in 19:30.8 and was followed by Betsy Marshall, 4th (20:10.3), Avery Widen 9th (21:00.0), Lyndsie Schultz 13th (21:37.9), Rory Denning 14th (21:44.1), and Kailee Fino 20th (23.17.7).
“Winning the Regional Championship was an excellent way to end the season,” said Coach David Ryan. “The girls would have advanced to the State Championships with this victory, but States were canceled due to COVID-19.”
The Bronxville girls’ cross country team earned the title New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Team. This means that 75% of the team earned a 3.4 GPA or higher for the first marking period.
The Bronxville girls’ cross country team holding the Regional Championship plaque. Photo submitted by D. Ryan.
Four Regional Championships is quite an accomplishment for Bronxville athletes, especially given the pandemic. It is a testament to their hard work and demonstrates true dedication despite the challenging times.
Go Broncos. Enjoy more photos from the games below. Photos by D. Fenner