After a scoreless first half in the PSAL Class A championship game, Jen Angione made an impassioned plea to her Beacon teammates.
“Jenny made a point about how she knew she could beat all the defenders and she said guys if you can play a through ball over my head, I promise you I will score,” Blue Demons senior defender Liza Kapelus said. “That’s what we did.”
Alex Easton said Angione thought she was being ignored in the first half, but the playmaking midfielder said it actually a combination of a wide field at Randall’s Island and the boisterous fans from both schools.
The second half, though, was a different story. Easton and Tyler Sloan both played balls over the top and Angione buried two chances to lead Beacon to a 2-0 win against Bronx Science Sunday afternoon.
It was second-seeded Beacon’s second straight PSAL Class A title in its fourth consecutive appearance in the final.
“It’s amazing to be in the finals all four years in a row,” Angione said. “I don’t know what it feels like not to be in the finals. Especially to win two years in a row, and being a senior, it’s really exciting. It’s a great feeling.”
Angione is a big reason why the Blue Demons celebrated Sunday. She lofted the ball into the net to break a scoreless tie in the 56th minute and added a second just two minutes later, lobbing the ball over charging Bronx Science goalkeeper Lucy Evert to give Beacon (17-0-0) a commanding 2-0 lead.
“I’m so proud of Jenny,” Easton said. “I’ve never seen her like this. She’s so tenacious, going after every single ball.”
It was a commanding lead because the Blue Demons defense was impenetrable throughout the postseason. Beacon conceded three goals in the regular season and clamped down even more in the playoffs, pitching four consecutive shutouts.
“Our defense is amazing,” Angione said. “We’ve always had a strong defense. For us not to get scored on during the playoffs, that’s a really big deal.”
Beating Bronx Science was also a big deal for Beacon, which suffered a non-league loss to the Wolverines. That proved to be the difference in the playoff seeding, with Bronx Science (15-1-0) securing the top bid while Beacon was No. 2.
“This is probably our biggest rival and I know we all wanted to beat them so bad,” Kapelus said. “We had seniors from last year calling us saying you have to beat this team. We just wanted to get revenge.”
The Blue Demons got that and continued to cement their spot among the PSAL elite. It might be too early to consider Beacon a dynasty, but the Blue Demons aren’t far off.
“I really feel like we made history,” Kapelus said. “It’s amazing. I kind of knew before this game we were going to win. I think this is the most I’ve ever wanted it in all my four years.”
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