YORKTOWN – Mason Warble took a look at the defense, took a look at the ball and quickly went to work.
It was about time to go home.
Bronxville’s standout midfielder was tripped on a move up the field in the final minutes of a second mandatory overtime period. Free kick. Warble lined it up, let it go, sending high heat into the net from nearly 35 yards out.
There was almost no chance to stop the ball.
Next came some 90 seconds of high-intensity defense, followed by a healthy celebration of a tense 1-0 win over Albertus Magnus in the Section 1 Class B championship on Sunday at Yorktown High School.
“I just knew I had to give everything I had left to get the ball in the goal,” Warble said. “We were all tired.”
Despite the weary legs, the Broncos cheered when coach Don Cupertino reminded his team of practice on Monday.
They go to Section 4 on Tuesday for a regional game against Chenango Forks.
Last fall, Falcons sent Bronxville home in a close semifinal and went on to win a sectional title.
“This is amazing,” Broncos goalie Maddie Coyne said. “They beat us last year in the semifinals and that made us twice as motivated this season. It was definitely tight. It kept going offense, defense, offense, defense.”
And the momentum swung back and forth, back and forth.
“Maddie, the first 12 or 15 minutes they put us under and she was tremendous with some of the shots that she was saving,” Cupertino said. “We survived. We started a little defensive to see what they were coming with and we made some adjustments off that and we started playing a lot better.”
Player of the game: Coyne was forced to come up with timely stops time and time again. She was in the right place the entire way, finishing with 14 saves.
“She was insane,” Warble said. “Maddie probably saved us five different times. She had the game of her life. She has been rock solid for us all year, but it was insane how well she played in this game.”
Turning point: Danielle LaRochelle sped past the Bronxville defense in the first 10-minute overtime, got into the clear and wound up colliding with Coyne before she could get the shot off.
“I didn’t even see the ball,” the senior keeper said. “I just kind of threw my body out there. Thank God, it worked. It was the only thing I could do.”
Stat line: The Broncos hit the crossbar three different times, including on a 30-yard blast from Catherine Faville.
Quotable: “Mason is just ridiculous,” Cupertino said. “She did the same thing the other day. She’s been doing the same thing since eighth grade. When she focuses, there is nobody stopping that shot.”