BRONXVILLE, N.Y. — Scarsdale visited Bronxville Thursday afternoon in search of the ever-important league victory but also a much-needed confidence boost after starting the season 3-4.
The Raiders fought through the raw conditions and came away with the 15-11 win behind eight goals from senior Liz Felix.
“We’ve had a couple of really tough losses coming into this game,” Scarsdale coach Cece Berger said. “We wanted to come in here and play as hard as we possibly could for fifty minutes and show everybody that we’re a good team.”
Scarsdale jumped out to several small leads in the first half but was unable to pull away from the tenacious Broncos. Bronxville’s Margaret Pascale scored three of her four goals in the first frame as she tried to keep her team in the game.
Scarsdale was able to hold off the surging Broncos but lost starting goalie Allison Chaves (ten saves) to a possible broken hand in the final moments of the first half. Sophomore Julia Ross (eight saves) was tagged to replace Chaves at halftime and preserve the 8-6 lead.
“We didn’t really want to announce it, we were kind of hoping Bronxville wouldn’t notice,” said Berger of the injury substitution. “They’re both great athletes and really good goalies.”
The loss of their starting goalie energized the Raiders and after giving up the opening goal of the half, the scored five unanswered goals to take a commanding 13-7 lead halfway through the period. With the sophomore playing solid in net, Scarsdale took their time setting up offensive plays, running the clock down and selecting their shots with care.
Bronxville ramped up their offensive attack in the latter minutes of the second half. Taylor Reynolds (four goals) scored the final four goals of the game for Bronxville as she tried to drag her team back into the mix but the Raiders’ combination of timely scoring and goalkeeping kept the game out of reach.
“Our goal was not to get comfortable at any point today,” Berger said. “We respect them and we knew that we could never let up because we know what they’re capable of. Even towards the end I was thinking about how there was too much time on the clock.”
Scarsdale moves to 4-4 on the season and hosts White Plains on Saturday. Bronxville (3-3) travels to power house Lakeland-Panas on Monday.