PLATTSBURGH - The Lady Eagles kept their perfect season going Nov. 6 with a 2-0 win against Elizabethtown-Lewis in the Section VII Class D girls soccer final.
Goals by Caitlin LaPier and Astrid Kempainen, both assisted by Chelsea Guay, lifted the Chazy girls to their seventh consecutive Section VII title as they faced their toughest challenge yet this season in the second-seeded Lions.
The Eagles came into the match ranked first in the state in Class D, having fallen just short of the title last year. They had outscored opponents 88-0 for 16 straight wins this season, but their two narrowest victories came against Elizabethtown-Lewis.
"They played us better this third game," said Chazy head coach Karin Sherman-Trombley. "I give them a lot of credit because they were very aggressive and did not let down one bit."
Chazy possessed the ball well with precision passing, using speed to their advantage as they kept the action on their opponent's side for much of the game. They finished with a 23-1 shot advantage against the Lions.
"Chazy controlled most of the game, but the girls gave it their best," said Elizabethtown-Lewis head coach Steve Denton.
With 13 saves by goalkeeper Kirsten Ashline and heads-up play by defenders Lily Whalen and Shona Brooks, the Lions were able to stifle many of Chazy's opportunities.
"They stepped to the ball very well," said Sherman-Trombley.
The Eagles finally broke through 13 minutes into the first half when Guay slipped past the back line into the goal box and found LaPier crashing hard to the net.
Elizabethtown-Lewis made some strong plays before intermission and threatened to score early in the second half when a shot by Emily Morris was broken up just inside the 18.
Kempainen added the insurance goal shortly thereafter, blazing past defenders and firing one just inside the far post.
"She possesses the ball so well, and she's just a tremendous all-around athlete," Sherman-Trombley said.
"We had one chance in the second half," said Denton. "They're just a lot deeper than we are, and they came out on top."
Forward Kylee Cassavaugh provided a quality effort for Elizabethtown-Lewis, as did midfielder Ashli Cannabush, one of just two seniors on a young squad Denton has high hopes for next year.
"At one point, I had four freshman out on the field," Denton said. "We're looking forward to some bright and brilliant times here in the near future."
Chazy 2, Elizabethtown Lewis 0
1 2 - F
ELCS 0 0 - 0
Chazy 1 1 - 2
First Half: 1, Ch, LaPier (Guay) 13:08.
Second Half: 2, Ch, Kempainen (Guay) 11:27.
Shots: ELCS 1, Chazy 23
Saves: Ashline (E-L) 13, Tooke (Ch) 0.