Rachel Pombrio scored the game-winning goal for the Chazy Lady Eagles as they advanced to the NYSPHSAA Class D Final Four.
The Chazy girls and boys soccer teams each scored two goals in earning return trips to the NYSPHSAA Class D Final Four with wins at Plattsburgh High School Nov. 12.
The Lady Eagles got goals from Caitlyn LaPier (35th) and Rachel Pombrio (62nd), who assisted on LaPier’s goal as they advanced with a 2-1 win over Chateaugay.
“They scored their goal on a direct kick (in the 61st minute) and we were able to come right back and respond less than two minutes later,” Lady Eagles head coach Karin Sherman-Trombley said.
Sherman-Trombley said that Chateaugay had a good gameplan and that the Eagles knew that they had to get an advantage.
“They packed it in and went to the ball very well,” she said. “They did a good job knocking us out of our passing game. Our defense was very strong, and we did a good job getting to the ball and were able to come out with a win.”
Sherman Trombley also said that it was nice to get a three-point night out of Pombrio, who scored her goal on an assist from Christina Emery.
“It’s great to have Rachel come off the bench like that and put the ball in the net,” she said.
Katharine Tooke made four saves in the victory. The Lady Eagles next play on Saturday, Nov. 19, against Section II representative Remsen at Cortland High School at 11 a.m. The winner will advance to the state championship game, to be played at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.
“We’re ready to go,” Sherman-Trombley said. “This is the fourth year in a row since I have been coaching and seventh year in a row as a program. We have nothing to lose, and we are ready to play some more soccer.”
In the boys game, Brandon Laurin scored on a Nathan Reynolds assist in the 44th minute and Josh Barriere scored on a Nelson Pelton assist in the 61st minute as the Eagles scored a 2-0 victory against Parishville-Hopkinton.
“They were well organized and they always defend well,” Eagles head coach Rob McAuliffe said. “We knew that if we were able to get the first goal, things could open up and we could get another, and that is what happened.”
McAuliffe said it was nice to get scoring from the freshman in Barriere, who has been good when given the opportunity.
“Nelson made a great individual play and service into the box, and Josh was waiting to get a big goal,” McAuliffe said. “It felt good to get going in the second half.”
The Eagles have not allowed a goal since an Oct. 13 2-0 loss to the Willsboro Warriors, who they beat 1-0 to advance to the regional round.
“We know that we have to defend well and that is what we are doing right now,” McAuliffe said. “We came into this playoff with a good mindset, and we are looking forward to (this) weekend.”
The Eagles will play Section V champion Alfred-Almond on Saturday, Nov. 19, on the Faller Field turf field at Middletown High School. The winner will play either Section III’s Hamilton or Section II’s Fort Ann at 1 p.m. on the grass field of Faller Field.
“The plan is to win two more games,” McAuliffe said.