The Chazy Eagles boys varsity soccer team celebrates their Class D state championship, its sixth since 2004.
After the final horn to the 2012 Class D soccer season sounded, David Poitras proclaimed that the mission was accomplished.
“We knew that we had to come here for one thing, to get our trophy back.”
The Chazy Eagles varsity boys soccer team did just that, scoring a 4-0 victory over the Fort Ann Cardinals of Section II for their sixth New York State Public High School Athletic Association title since 2004.
“We came in with one goal and that was to get back to this field and win on Sunday,” head coach Rob McAuliffe said. “I am very proud of these boys for doing that.”
“This game was everything that I have ever wanted to play for,” sophomore Josh Barriere, who scored three goals and was named the tournament MVP, said. “It meant everything to win for me, my teammates and our fans.”
Barriere scored the second, third and fourth goals of the game. In the 29th minute, he collected the rebound off a shot generated by a Craig Botten direct kick for a 2-0 lead.
“We were so physical in the air and we practice those all of the time and we know that we can get physical and finish,” Botten said.
Barriere struck again in the 54th minute, after David Poitras had carried the ball deep into Fort Ann’s zone. Poitras was dispossessed of the ball, which bounced back to Barriere, who fired a shot that bounced off of the crossbar and behind the goal line.
“I was just trying to get in as close as I could to the net and get past as many defenders as I could,” Poitras said. “When the ball went behind me and I saw Josh was stepping up, I just wanted to get down and give him and open shot.”
In the 70th minute, Pelton took a corner kick that went over the arms of Fort Ann goalie Jonah Gould and found the head of Barriere for his third goal and a 4-0 lead.
“I was just in the right place at the right time and all I wanted to do was hit the ball right,” Barriere said.
“We had Brandon who scored the majority of our goals this season, but we knew that other players would have to step up in critical times and that is what Josh did,” McAuliffe said.
Laurin was held scoreless in the championship game but did have the goal that got the Eagles there against Poland.
“I would have like to have gone out with a goal in my final game for this team,” Laurin said. “But today, everyone played like an all star.”
The Eagles first goal of the game came off another Pelton kick, finding the head of Nathan Reynolds in the 26th minute.
“We had a lot of people working hard to create an opportunity,” Reynolds said. “I saw Nelson getting ready to serve the ball back in and I just wanted to get my head down and put the ball on frame.”
The Eagles finished with 28 shots, 20 of which were on net with Gould making 15 saves and John Allen one. Kyle Bissonette made a pair of saves for the Eagles as Fort Ann had three total shots, but was very active in getting to balls that entered the penalty area.
“I knew that they would want to counter attack on us,” Bissonette said. “I wanted to take away anything that I could get to, and I knew that would shut down their offense.”
Them Eagles (2004, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012) joined Southold and Shenendehowa (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2005) as six-time state champions, now trailing only Pittsford Mendon, who has won seven state titles (1979, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2005).