Nathan Reynolds throws the ball in for Chazy
POTSDAM — The Chazy Eagles boys varsity soccer team was the last of nine area sports teams to take the field with a chance to advance to the state final four in their respective sport.
While the previous eight were unable to accomplish the task, the Eagles served notice to all of Class D that they were looking to reclaim what they feel is theirs — a New York State Championship.
The Eagles rolled to a 7-0 win against Huevelton Nov. 10 as Brandon Laurin scored three goals and assisted on one other.
Nathan Reynolds, Hayden Guay, Josh Barriere and Craig Botten added goals to the offensive attack for the undefeated and top-ranked Eagles, while Kyle Bissonette made the only two saves he was called on to make in net.
“We are working good in the back and I believe we have got it together a lot over the season,” sweeper Botten said. “Cole (Chaskey) and Brett (Giroux) have worked hard, and Justin (Brothers) works his tail off at sweeper. Kyle does a great job in net.”
“I think that we have a team that can generate chances from anywhere on the field,” head coach Rob McAuliffe said. “But we are going to have to defend well if we are going to win a state championship. We need to play the best that we possibly can at this level because in the final four, one mistake can end your season.”
Reynolds said that while the team is pleased, their goal remains the same.
“We are ready to go at all times, and we go hard for each other because our goal is to make it back to states and win it all,” Reynolds said. “It would be awesome to do that after the bad loss last season and for our seniors to be able to say they were on the only team that ended the season with a win.”
“We tell the other players to take it all in because it is a great experience,” Botten said. “Our advantage is that we have been there before, and we tell the younger kids that they need to act like they have been there before, too.”
The Eagles will open their final four tournament at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, with a game against Section III’s Poland.
“They have a good soccer tradition,” McAuliffe said. “We have to go down there and take it one game at a time.”
Section VII boys soccer had two other chances to enter final four play but came up short. In Class C, the Lake Placid Blue Bombers gave up a lone goal in the 55th minute to drop a 1-0 decision to Hoosick Falls, who qualified for state play in four different sports, three by defeating Section VII foes (boys and girls soccer, football and field hockey).
In Class B, Ichabod Crane scored on a penalty kick in the fourth minute of play as they advanced to the state final four with a 3-0 win over Northeastern Clinton.