PLATTSBURGH - The third-seeded Warriors had upset on their minds Nov. 6, but could not overcome Chazy in the Section VII Class D boys soccer final.
Goals by Kyle McCarthy and Kaleb Snide powered the defending state champion Eagles to their fourth straight sectional title, despite a strong showing from Willsboro.
"I liked our effort and our determination," said Willsboro head coach Andrew Lee, noting how his team was able to generate some good scoring chances early. "We kept the intensity going."
Both Chazy goals came off corner kicks by Jordan Barriere. Late in the first half, Barriere sailed one across to find McCarthy, who headed a line-drive just under the crossbar.
Crafty play by Alex Hamel, Clay Sherman, and Brandon Bertrand gave the Warriors some offensive firepower throughout the game, but it was Willsboro's defense that kept them on the Eagles' heels.
Willsboro's Cody Sayward made 14 saves, including a crucial stop on a penalty kick by Barriere early in the second half.
"I think he struck it well and Sayward just made a great save," said Chazy head coach Rob McAuliffe.
The Warriors nearly had the equalizer mid-way through the second half when a Willsboro corner kick led to a shot to the top of the goal that was narrowly deflected by Chazy goalkeeper Austin Santor. A scramble in front of the net led to a scoring header by Willsboro's John Pollock, but the goal was negated as he was called offside.
"Willsboro's a good team and they're well coached," said McAuliffe. "We knew we couldn't make many mistakes tonight, and the few times we did, Willsboro punished us for it."
The Eagles finally got some breathing room late in the second half when another Barriere corner kick bounced around the box before coming to the feet of Snide, who tapped it in for the insurance goal.
"We kept the momentum going and were trying to push the ball up," said Lee. "We just didn't do enough of a job defending the set plays."
Chazy 2, Willsboro 0
1 2 - F
Willsboro 0 0 - 0
Chazy 1 1 - 2
First Half: 1, Ch, McCarthy (Jo. Barriere) 31:48.
Second Half: 2, Ch, Snide (Jo. Barriere) 35:58.
Shots: Chazy 20, Willsboro 7.
Saves: Santor, (Ch) 4. Sayward, (Wills) 14.