BREWSTER – A little more than five weeks ago, Bronxville edged Croton 3-1, not only giving the Tigers their first loss in six outings but ending their five-game shutout streak.
In Tuesday’s Section 1 Class C championship game at Brewster High School, Bronxville ended all thoughts of a Croton shutout fewer than eight minutes into the game and all thoughts of a Croton upset win by the early part of the second half.
Paced by Hannah Weirens’ and Mia Bettino’s two-goal games, the Broncos routed Croton 7-1 to claim the title and advance to Saturday’s state regional final against Section 9’s Rondout Valley.
That will be played at 1 p.m. at Valhalla High School.
But the top-seed Broncos appeared focused on nothing but No. 2 Croton on Tuesday.
They beat the 16-3 Tigers to loose balls and picked apart their defense with multiple-touch passes, sometimes cashing in with backdoor scores.
“I think their speed,” Croton junior Arielle Vergara said when asked about the difference in the game.
“The second half people were giving it their all,” said Bettino, who also had two assists. “They have a fantastic program. To beat them is just an honor.”
Bettino’s first assist came with 22:39 left in the first half on Weirens’ first goal, which got through the feet of Croton keeper Maddy Camillieri.
Camillieri, who was credited with nine saves, had to play aggressively with Bronxville swarming on net but sometimes was burned doing so.
Player of the game: With 13:17 left in the first half, Bettino, who took the game’s top player honors, scored backdoor off a Kat Ungvary assist.
Croton halved the lead with 3:55 left when Loretta Violante, moving right to left, scored off of an assist from Teagan Burke.
But then the roof caved in on Croton.
Turning point: Instead of going into the half down a goal, the Tigers were down two after Fiona Jones scored backdoor, with Ellie Walsh getting the assist. Camillieri made a very good save off an initial chance, going down to do it but the carom went to her right.
“It was just shocking they scored that fast,” Vergara said.
“When it became 2-1, we became a little nervous. But I think 3-1 they couldn’t tie the game so that gave us tons of confidence,” Bettino said.
Stat line: And that confidence only grew.
Camillieri made multiple saves in the first minute of the second half but got called for covering the ball. Hadley Barr took a penalty stroke – her second of the season – and beat Camillieri low to make it 4-1.
Then Bettino scored, assisted by Barr; then Weirens scored, assisted by Bettino; and finally Sophie Kohlhoff scored, assisted by Weirens.
Bronxville keeper Katie Gordon had five saves and the Broncos led in corners 9-5.
Quotables: Bronxville, 16-3, is looking for a return trip to States after losing in last year’s regional to Whitney Point.
Barr is optimistic, saying, “I feel like we’re more connected, like we’re more friends and I feel like we click more.”