Bronxville also speedy senior Lucy Kohlhoff back.
In fact, the Broncos graduated one starter from last year’s team, Claire MacMillen-Bell. They lost a senior during the season – defensive standout Meredith Donovan – to a knee injury.
“We have many more seniors than we did last year, but we also have a lot of younger players who contribute to the game,” Cupertino said.
What was sure to be a focal point to Oneonta’s preparation for Bronxville during Monday’s practice was defending the Broncos’ re-starts. Both of Bronxville’s goals against Oneonta the past two years have come on re-starts, including last season when Killian Donahue scored on a free kick from 30 yards with 24 minutes left in regulation to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
“We do spend a lot of time re-starts,” Cupertino said.
Added OHS coach Jerry Mackey: “It’s important (to limit re-starts), for sure. We stress it every year. The good thing is we don’t have to do anything differently. We pretty much try to stay away from (allowing re-starts).”
Last year, Madison Miller marked Kohlhoff and kept her in check.
Miller, who shared Daily Star Player of the Year honors with teammate Mariah Ruff in 2012, returned to the Yellowjackets lineup Friday and played forward. Miller missed four games with a right ankle injury.
Mackey said Miller probably doesn’t yet have the fitness to mark a player for 80 minutes, so the duty of slowing Kohlhoff will be distributed.
“Madison gave us good minutes the other night, but we’ll see,” Mackey said. “Nicole Harmer has been playing well the last 2 ½ to three weeks. They’ve been moving (Kohlhoff) around. We feel if she’s an outside mid, we can put some pressure on her to mark back on (Brieanna Baker’s) side. It’ll come down to our midfield and we feel our midfield has been on a pretty good run.”