Croton’s spotless record meant little Tuesday as Bronxville, which has had a harder early-season schedule, put 23 shots on goal en route to a 3-1 win.
The goals were the first that Croton, now 5-1, yielded this season.
And they weren’t cheap goals.
Tiger goalie Maddy Camillieri came up big in the net multiple times. She was credited with 13 saves, while her teammates had seven more, many off of penalty corners.
In fact, penalty corners, Bronxville’s ability to use the entire field to create offensive rushes and the Broncos’ chance-limiting defense spelled the difference in the game.
Tuesday’s contest was played on Bronxville’s artificial turf, which made for a much faster and tougher game for Croton, which plays in an all-grass league.
Croton coach Dorothy Perrone noted that her team’s big hits gained yards, but not always possession.
In fact, Bronxville dominated possession, particularly in the first half, when it took a late 2-0 lead, scoring both goals off of penalty corners.
Mia Bettino, who had a goal and two assists, recorded her first assist with 4:45 left in the half as Hadley Barr ripped a shot past Camillieri, low right.
Camillieri made a save in tight with 3:07 left in the half, but Ellie Walsh beat her with 2:14 left off another Bettino corner feed.
Croton scored with 20:53 left in the game after being denied a minute earlier by sweeper Mallory Bates, who stopped a rush.
This time, Teagan Burke’s shot off of a Loretta Violante corner pass caromed in off goalie Kathryn Gordon’s foot.
“They played tough,” Perrone said. “I don’t think anyone gave up.”
Camillieri, in fact, kept Croton in the game, stopping Walsh before making consecutive saves against Bettino.
But a great individual effort by Hannah Weirens sealed things with 3:41 left as Weirens grabbed her own rebound and made a cross-goal feed to Bettino.
Player of the game: Bettino and Bates shared top player honors. Bates’s numerous stops included one on Burke a minute before the final goal. She also contributed offensively, with Bronxville coach Jacquelyn Frawley noting, “She’s not afraid to carry the ball.”
Turning point: Barr’s goal seemed to embolden Bronxville, leading to its quick second score.
Stat line: Bronxville had 12 corners to Croton’s four.
Gordon had one save for Bronxville, which improved to 5-2.
Quotables: Bates said playing much bigger schools like Scarsdale and Rye (the two losses), “makes a huge difference.”
“The Rye game, I think, really elevated our game,” she explained.