The Croton Tigers had chance, after chance, after chance to score Tuesday.
And with 8:13 left to play, they finally did.
Loretta Violante’s goal off a penalty corner lifted the No. 2 Tigers to a 1-0 win over No. 7 Briarcliff in a Class C field hockey quarterfinal game.
Croton will host No. 3 Valhalla in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday.
But getting to that game wasn’t easy.
The Tigers, who beat Briarcliff 4-1 earlier this month and beat Valhalla 2-0 in early September, dominated Briarcliff Tuesday but were shut down by the Bears’ swarming defense inside the circle.
The defense committed numerous infractions, leading to 19 corners. But only three Croton shots actually made it on goal.
“We should definitely have had a higher score,” Croton coach Dorothy Perrone said, characterizing action in front of the Briarcliff goal chaotic. “We had difficulty connecting today. There was so much going on in the circle. It got really sloppy.”
“Friday is a new day. Hopefully we’re able to play just as strong but finish,” she said, adding, she’s proud her 15-2 team has qualified to host the semifinals.
Valhalla 3, Pleasantville 0: In a Class C quarterfinal game at Valhalla, the No. 3 Vikings shut out No. 6 Pleasantville behind goals by Angela Vlad, Maria Pezzolanti and Michaella DeNatale, with Jackie Gonzalez adding two assists.
Pleasantville goalie Jackie Bendeson turned away 22 shots, including a penalty stroke.
The Vikings will play at No. 2 Croton in Friday’s semifinals.
Bronxville 8, Rye Neck 0: In a Class C quarterfinal game at Bronxville, Mia Bettino had two goals and an assist and Andrea Shephard, Ellie Walsh, Hadley Barr, Ava Austi, Hannah Weirens and Fiona Jones also scored.
Christina Shin had eight saves for No. 8 Rye Neck, which didn’t have a shot on net.
No. 1 Bronxville will host No. 4 North Salem in Friday’s Class C semifinals.