Broncos reach semis

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Henry Carmel brings the ball upfield against Pleasantville. Carmel is one of the senior leaders on the Bronco team.

By MIKE SMITH
If there was any doubt that the Bronxville boys soccer team was hungry for playoff success in 2013, the Broncos performance to date has certainly answered that question. On Oct. 28, the Broncos continued their winning ways, beating a good Woodlands team 2-1 to advance to the semifinals.

The Broncos jumped out to a lead with six minutes to go in the first half when Sam Ahearn found the net with an assist from Matt McCloskey. Liam  Aherne made the score 2-0 with an early second-half goal and, though the Falcons battled valiantly in the waning minutes, the Broncos were able to hang on for the win.

It may not have been the prettiest game, head coach Don Lucas said, but it was an indication of how tough the Broncos can be when crunch time rolls around.

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Guy McKhann boots the ball on Oct. 25. The Broncos take on Briarcliff on Oct. 30, after press time.

“I was extremely proud of the way we battled out there, we didn’t give up,” Lucas said after the game. “Woodlands is an athl

etic team, they had 12 wins in the regular season, so that was a tough test for us.”

The win comes on the heels of a 3-0 Oct. 25 win over the Pleasantville Panthers that was an important match for the psyche of the Broncos’ program given their surprising first-round defeat at the hands of Albertus Magnus in 2012.

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Senior Will Hutchinson goes for a header against the Panthers in the first round of the playoffs. Bronxville has allowed just one goal in the last two games.

“I think just getting out of the first round was a boost for us,” Lucas said. “Especially after what happened last year.”

Bronxville will get set to host a tough, fourth-seeded Briarcliff team on Oct. 30, after press time, for a chance to go to the Section I championship game. The Bears are coming off an impressive win in their own right, a 2-0 shutout against a good North Salem squad.
The Bears have a talented offensive unit led by Ethan Krupa and Jon Cabeca, but are best known for their defense as they’ve notched an incredible 12 shutouts on the year, thanks in part to the inspired play of goalie Kevin Louie.

“They’ve got three or four guys that can push up front, but their defense is great,” Lucas said. “And they’ve got a very good keeper back there.”

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Forward Bailie Jones battles for the ball against Pleasantville on Oct. 25. The Broncos beat the Panthers 3-0.
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For the Broncos, Lucas said, the game plan is a simple one: avoid mistakes.

“We just have to take care of the ball and play our style,” he said. “At this point in the playoffs, you don’t know what’s going to happen. Every team left can win it.”
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Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.