Minerva-Newcomb’s Mickey Johnson (3) tries to get the ball from a Chazy player Nov. 3.
Death, taxes and the Chazy Eagles.
In 2012, the boys soccer program was as certain as the former two in the Northern Soccer League and Section VII/Class D playoffs.
The Eagles continued to show their dominant style of play in the Nov. 3 Class D Championships game, as Brandon Laurin scored two of his four goals in the first four minutes of play to lead a 6-0 rout of Minerva/Newcomb.
“It feels great every single year,” Laurin, who scored on a Craig Botten direct kick on a header in the second minute and a penalty kick in the fourth, said. Laurin also scored on a back-heel shot and Botten assist in the 25th minute and a hard shot that hit the top half of the far post on an assist from Nathan Reynolds in the 66th minute.
Shortly after, Laurin found himself on the bench, a reward for a good game that is seldom seen in a sectional final game.
“These guys on the bench come to every practice and every game prepared and it is great to see everyone get a chance to play in a final,” Laurin said. “I was really taking it in at the end. It was cool.”
“We are proud of all 25 players on this team,” head coach Rob McAuliffe said. “It is nice to be able to see everyone have a hand in this win and it was a nice way to end the night.”
Laurin assisted on Nelson Pelton’s goal in the 40th minute of play, while Pelton assisted on the sixth goal of the game, scored by Josh Barriere in the 25th minute.
The Eagles held a 18-7 shot advantage, which was 13-2 at halftime. Alex Ruzbacki had six saves for the Mountaineers, while Kyle Bissonette made two saves late in the second half.
“I thought that we played well and did our best,” Mountaineers head coach Millie Winslow said. “We knew coming in that we were going to be out of our league by a little bit. At some points of the game, I thought they played well against Chazy. We had a wonderful season and a lot of fun.”
For McAuliffe, he said the focus can now shift from sectional play to state tournament play and not only getting back to their fourth straight state title game, but winning their third in four years.
“We have one goal and we know that it is a lofty one,” he said. “But it is one that everyone of these boys is determined to achieve.”