The Willsboro varsity boys soccer team has become the answer to a lot of trivia questions involving the last time something happened to the Chazy Eagles.
The most recent: who was the last school to beat the two-time defending state champions twice in the regular season, as the Warriors scored a 2-0 win against the Eagles Oct. 13.
“We knew that we were going to be facing a consistent attack from Chazy tonight and we were waiting for something to happen,” Willsboro head coach Andy Lee said, who got that something when Clay Sherman connected on a knuckling direct kick in the 59th minute for the first goal and then hit the post one minute later, with Jeff Bigelow collecting the rebound and giving the Warriors the 2-0 lead.
The Eagles started the game aggressively on offense, with Brandon Laurin breaking away for a scoring chance against Warriors goalie Cody Sayward in the second minute. Sayward made the save, the first of 10 in the opening 40 minutes alone, as the Eagles out-shot Willsboro 20-2.
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Denton Publications was on hand for the entire Willsboro v. Chazy boys soccer game, with post-game reaction from both teams after the Warriors 2-0 win.
“We had our chances, and we just could not finish,” Eagles head coach Rob McAuliffe said. “We outplayed Willsboro in the first half, it was just an unfortunate first 40 minutes because we could not get anything to go into the net and in the second, Clay hit a great ball.”
“That first half was something that every other minute it seemed, I just kept shaking my head and breathing a sigh of relief because we dodged another one,” Lee said. “They were very good in the first half, and I didn’t know how good we had played in the second until I saw the stats.”
The Warriors out-shot the Eagles 9-7 in the second 40 minutes, Including the two scoring chances 1:17 apart.
“I wanted to put the ball hard on net,” Sherman said. “I knew that it would knuckle if I hit it hard. We didn’t gat a lot of opportunities on the net, so we wanted to make sure that we made them count.”
Sherman said that he had thought he scored a second goal in the 60th minute but then watched as the ball deflected off the crossbar and onto the foot of Bigelow.
“That is the way that I have played all year,” Bigelow said. “The shot looked like it could have gone in, but I just crashed the net and was there for the rebound.”
Sayward finished the game with 12 saves for the Warriors.
“I can’t take the credit alone,” Sayward said after the game. “The defense played a great game and I made the saves when I had to.”
The win out the Warriors four points ahead of the Eagles in Division II with two games left to play. The team could clinch the title with a win against Westport Oct. 18.
Meanwhile, in a battle for third place in the division, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions scored a pair of goals in the second half en route to a 3-0 victory over the Northern Adirondack Bobcats. Hunter Mowery scored on a Nate Allott assist in the 20th minute to open scoring, while Connor Aphtorp scored in the 60th minute and Tyler White scored in the 74th minute.
The Lake Placid Blue Bombers also scored a Division II win with a 4-2 tally over Westport as Hunter Wilson, Haile Thompson, Elias Smith and Andrew Meister scored for the Blue Bombers.
Cooper Sayward scored both of the Eagles goals just 1:13 apart from each other.
In Division I, the battle for third place ended in a draw, as the Peru Indians and Saranac Chiefs split four goals in a 2-2 tie.
Sean Harrigan and Ian Spear scored first half goals for the Indians, while Nicholas Less scored in the first half and Durgan Zappala scored the equalizer in the 60th minute of play.
Plattsburgh High scored a victory in their final tune-up before a showdown with Northeastern Clinton as Dan Carpenter scored in the 77th minute to give the Hornets a 1-0 win over the Beekmantown Eagles. Derek Olsen had seven saves for the Eagles, while Chris Roenbeck made five saves for the Hornets.
Saranac Lake also picked up a Division I win with a 2-1 victory against AuSable Valley. Alec MacLean and Nick Bayruns scored the goals for the Red Storm, while Kyle Sprague scored the lone goal for the Patriots.
In Division III, Brandon Dumas made eight saves for the Keene Beavers, who were unable to score an equalizer in a 1-0 loss against Schroon Lake.
The Westport Lady Eagles moved one step closer to a Division III title with a 3-1 victory over the Wells Indians Oct. 13.
Ellie Schwoebel scored the opening goal on an Allison Sherman assist in the 16th minute, while Delany Sears scored on a Samantha Roy assist in the 20th minute. Emily Rascoe also scored on a Roy assist, her goal coming in the 49th minute, while Karlee McGee made four saves.
The Beekmantown Eagles continued their run through the CVAC with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-13 straight games win against AuSable Valley Oct. 13.
Shannon Ryan finished 10 kills for the Eagles, while Kiana Archer added 27 assists, Kendra LaFountain had 12 digs and Chelsey Besaw added 10 digs.
Belle O'Toole had 14 digs and nine assists for the Patriots, with Jacquie Hoey adding 14 digs and Miranda Sheffer netting six kills.
Also, The Northern Adirondack Bobcats dropped the opening game against the Plattsburgh High Hornets Oct. 13, but the rallied for a 19-25, 25-12, 25-19, 26-24 win.
Tessa King had 11 kills and seven assists for the Bobcats, while Nicole Durnin added 11 kills, Ariel Filion had 14 assists, Hannah Charland scored 10 kills, and Emma Trombley had 15 assists.
Katie Cantwell had 14 kills for the Hornets, while Deanna LaBarge had seven kills and Kianna Dragoon with 22 assists.