YORKTOWN HEIGHTS – Yorktown had heard about the exploits of Bronxville’s offense.
They heard about a well-balanced attack that has averaged over 16 goals per game this season.
On Monday, the Huskers’ disciplined defense and patient style stymied Bronxville’s offense for the first time this season. They held the Broncos to a single first half goal and dominated possession in a 12-7 win.
“It feels great because Bronxville is a great team, and we knew it was going to be a tough game coming out,” Yorktown senior attack Katie Comerford said. “The goal of the game was to want it for the whole fifty minutes.”
The teams exchanged goals to start the game, but Yorktown scored six unanswered goals to end the first half up 7-1.
“We were communicating a lot, we were executing our plan and our goalie, Catherine (Calidonna) played really well today,” Yorktown junior defender Carli Mager said. “We knew they had a potent offense and a really good defense as well, so we knew we were going to have to play well from end-to-end.”
The last of those goals came with only 15 seconds left after Yorktown possessed the ball for over two minutes. After working the ball around, Rilea Fusco found Casey Duff close to the goal for a high-percentage look.
“Give Yorktown a lot of credit, they played pretty close to a perfect game, I didn’t see many turnovers, and we turned the ball over way too much,” Bronxville head coach Sharon Robinson said. “They are a phenomenal program that we respect immensely. We just didn’t get the job done today.”
The win was a strong way for Yorktown to get back in the win column, with the Huskers’ last game being a 12-11 loss to Greenwich back on Friday.
Playing a non-league schedule tougher than maybe anyone else in all of Section 1, Yorktown has already suffered a couple of tough losses, including losses to Connecticut power Darien and Long Island’s Bayport-Blue Point.
On Saturday, Yorktown will play yet another out-of-area opponent in New Canaan.
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“They are another hard opponent that we have this year,” said. “It’s going to be a challenging game, but we just have to want it for the whole fifty minutes.”
Monday’s game was also a “pink” game for Ovarian Cancer awareness. Yorktown’s players wore pink socks, while Bronxville’s players wore pink headbands. On Saturday, Yorktown’s team held a car wash and raised money for the Support Connection, a local breast and ovarian cancer support organization.
Back in the fall, Bronxville donated money to Yorktown junior varsity player Brielle Furci, who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian cancer. She is currently playing after undergoing chemotherapy.
“Sharon reached out right away when Brielle was diagnosed, and her girls did some clinics and sent some money,” Yorktown head coach Ellen Mager said. “They are a wonderful program, and she does a great job.”
Player of the game: Rilea Fusco, Yorktown. The junior attack helped set up a lot of Yorktown’s half-court offense and led the way in setting up goals. She finished with two goals and a game-high five assists.
Turning point: Bronxville’s offense came alive to start the second half, with the Broncos getting goals from Olivia Jensen, Allie Berkery and Ellie Walsh to cut Yorktown’s lead to 7-4. With 15:25 left, Katie Comerford scored on a point-blank shot in front to end Bronxville’s run, and the Huskers added three more unanswered goals to put the game out of reach.
Stat line: For Yorktown, Comerford had a game-high four goals, Michelle Seger and Casey Duff both had two-goal, one-assist games, Ciara Frawley and Julia Cook had a goal each, Ashley Stilo and Caroline Garti had an assist each and Catherine Calidonna made seven saves. … For Bronxville, Jensen had two goals and an assist, Berkery and Walsh both scored twice, Beth Finley had a goal and Lilly Grass had an assist.
Quotable: “We did an excellent job on the draw in the first half, the offense took their time with the ball and the defense closed pretty hard,” Ellen Mager said. “I saw Bronxville play Rye, and they are a very good team. They didn’t have their best day today and we had one of our better days today, but our kids worked really hard and wanted the ball a lot.”