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BURRILLVILLE â€” Burrillville High beat the darkness. It just couldn't beat its opponent.
No. 7 seed West Warwick High gave the second-seeded Broncos a quick exit in the postseason with a 3-2 overtime victory Monday afternoon in the Division III quarterfinals. Senior captain Rebecca Pacheco out-hustled two defenders and nailed the clincher over the head of goalie Vicki Libby just two minutes into the second mandatory OT period.
â€śIt just came down to who wanted it more,â€ť said Bronco head coach Amy Cardone. â€śIt was pretty close up until the very end.â€ť
Burrillville, which posted a 14-2 mark in the league for second place behind unbeaten defending state titlist Narragansett, earned a bye into the postseason. The Broncos were playing their first game since suffering a 10-4 loss to the first-place Mariners on Oct. 26.
â€śI think we played very well,â€ť said Wizards' coach Daniel Lima, whose squad defeated Masters, 3-0, in a preliminary game last week, â€śThis is a tough team. They have been very, very consistent. I think the time off maybe hurt them a little bit. We hung in there. They had their chances but we didn't give up.â€ť
The Broncos squandered most of those chances in the first half, a 40-minute session that ended in a scoreless tie.
â€śThere were a lot of chances and we came close,â€ť Cardone said. 'â€ťWe just couldn't put it in in the first half.â€ť
The Broncos were the first to put a number on the scoreboard in the second half with sophomore Taylor Ross scoring off an assist from sophomore Rachel DeRotto about 10 minutes after the break. The Wizards responded just a few minutes later with senior Morgan Rossi nailing an unassisted tally.
Just a minutes after missing a breakaway attempt, senior Paige Oram gave Burrillville a 2-1 edge at the 76th minute. Oram got the ball from the right side, a few yards from the corner of the box, and booted a hard-liner that hit the left post and ricochet into the back of the net. That lead would be short-lived, however, as Rossi came up with her second score of the afternoon with a high-rising shot from about 12 yards that was out of the range of Libby.
â€śThat was an incredible goal,â€ť Lima said. â€śShe did not want to give up the season. That was a one-touch ball. I don't think their goalie could even see that coming. She blasted it in the dark.â€ť
A minute into the first 10-minute overtime, Burrillville nearly got it third goal with a high-lobbing shot that was caught by Wizards' keeper Kaylee Miller. Midway into the period, Bronco defender Isis Van Putten prevented West Warwick sophomore Kendra Quimby from a one-on-one opportunity by booting the ball away.
The heartbreaker for the Broncos happened quickly as Pacheco came barreling through from the left side with her eyes clearly on the cage.
â€śShe beat the first defender and the second defender,â€ť Lima said. â€śShe took her time and got it in between her legs.â€ť
The devastating loss puts a halt to what has been a superb season by the Broncos.
â€śWe had a great season,â€ť Cardone said. â€śObviously it didn't end how we wanted it to but I am very proud how my girls played all season. They shouldn't hang their heads down.â€ť