Emily Morris and Kylee Cassavaugh start a corner kick for ELCS.
It will be the top two seeds in Section VII/Class D girls soccer who will play for the title Saturday, with one also being the top ranked team in the state.
The Chazy Lady Eagles scored a 9-1 victory against the Wells Lady Eagles Nov. 1, as their run for a second straight state title advanced to the championship stage.
Megan Reynolds scored goals in the 17th (Caitlyn LaPier assist), 35th, 69th (LaPier) and 70th minutes to pace the Eagles offense, while Caitlyn LaPier scored in the 16th and 60th minutes, both of assists from Reynolds. Hannah Laurin, Kirsten Doran and Desiree Gallup also scored for Chazy.
In Lewis, the second-seeded Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions took advantage of an 11-5 shot advantage and a pair of goals in the opening half to score a 3-0 win against the third-seeded Westport Lady Eagles.
Emily Morris opened the scoring for the Lions in the 23rd minute on an assist from Kylee Cassavaugh, who scored goals in the 28th and 60th minutes on assists from Clare Harwood and Caitie Decker.
“It means a lot to us to get this far in the playoffs,” Cassavaugh said after the game. “It’s good to get this experience and have a chance to play for a title against Chazy.”
Morris said that since she had made the move from midfield to the front line, she and Cassavaugh have worked well together on the offensive end of the field for the Lions.
“We work really well together,” Morris said. “We seem to click together and we work to make that better in practices.”
“Emily and Ky work so well together, and we finally finished on our opportunities today,’ head coach Stephen Denton said.
Jennifer McGinn made three saves in the win, as the defensive unit again held an opponent scoreless.
“We work hard to stay on out marks and be aggressive,” sweeper Lily Whalen said. “We have to continue to do that against Chazy and play hard, stay on our marks and we have to know what to do with the ball when we are getting pressured.”
“We have to be aggressive to the ball,” Denton said. “Chazy is such a good team, and we need to be able to take advantage of any opportunity we can get.”
“We have to stay focused and work to get to the 50/50 balls,” Morris said. “When we have the chance, we need to get come goals.”
“We need to work really hard and be serious about what is in front of us,” Cassavaugh said.
The Lions and Eagles will square off for the Section VII/Class D title on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Plattsburgh High School with a 5 p.m. start time.
In the Class B boys soccer playoffs, MaCullen Cope netted the lone goal in the game as the third-seeded Beekmantown Eagles pulled off a 1-0 upset victory over the Northeastern Clinton Cougars, spoiling the potential third meeting of the year between the Cougars and the Plattsburgh High Hornets.
The Hornets advanced to the Friday night final as Ethan Votraw and David Carpenter each scored goals in 1 2-0 win over the Peru Indians.
The Eagles will face the Hornets at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at Chazy Central Rural School.
Also in Class B, the Peru Indians volleyball squad swept past the Saranac Chiefs to secure a spot in the sectional finals.
The Peru Indians captured a 3-0 victory over Saranac in the Section VII Class B semifinals Tuesday with games of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-18.
Abby Higgins tallied eight aces, 10 kills and 14 digs for the Indians, while Paige Moore added six aces, seven kills and nine digs with Callie Garcia adding six kills and 12 digs.
Danielle Parker had 11 digs for Saranac, while Stephanie Linder added nine kills and eight digs.
The Indians will face the undefeated Beekmantown Eagles, who dropped only one game in the 2011 season, on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. at Clinton Community College.