VALHALLA – Last year’s result in the NYSPHSAA regional finals was something Bronxville wanted to erase Saturday at Viking Stadium at Valhalla High School.
The Broncos lost to Section 4’s Whitney Point by six goals in the Class C regional finals.
The three-time Section 1 Class C champion’s defense and two goals carried Bronxville to a 2-0 win over Section 9’s Rondout Valley, the Broncos’ first regional-championship victory in two years.
“It’s awesome,” Broncos senior midfielder Ellie Walsh said. “We’ve been working all season for this. Last year, we didn’t advance out of regionals and I think we just want to come out stronger. We’ve been working harder this year to advance further this year.”
What stood out the most in the game for the Broncos was the play of their defense, something coach Jacquelyn Frawley stressed leading up to the game.
“We focused a lot on the defensive,” Frawley said. “We heard about their great corners on the offense so we pushed really hard in and they’ve been doing it all season. So we didn’t do much different but they knew they had to step it up.”
All the scoring came in the first half, with Kat Ungvary connecting on a rebound of a shot from Hadley Barr with 19:39 left in the half. Walsh completed the scoring on a breakaway with 2:38 left in the half to give the Broncos some breathing room.
Ungvary said her goal was being in the right place at the right time.
“Completely,” Ungvary said. “I didn’t think it was going to go in. I didn’t think it was going to count. It was crazy.”
The Broncos had more opportunities on the offensive end, but Ganders goalie Courtney Smith made 17 saves. Broncos goalie Katie Gordon had one save on the day. Walsh had a pair of defensive saves in the game.
Bronxville will face Section 3’s Cazenovia Saturday at 4 p.m. at Maine-Endwell High School in the state semifinals.
The last time the Broncos were in the state final four was 2014 when they got upended by Whitney Point, 2-0. They know what they need to do to win a state title.
“We’re going to work on offense,” Frawley said. “To finish and compete and keep our momentum going to a certain point on the offensive end. To keep the offense improving.”
The Broncos had eight corners for the game to the Ganders’ 11.