Willsboro's Clayton Cross is mobbed after scoring the second goal for the Warriors in their 3-1 defeat of Chazy Sept. 21.
At the onset, it looked like your typical game between two of the best Class D soccer teams in Section VII as the Chazy Eagles and Willsboro Warriors took to the pitch Sept. 21.
That all changed in the 17th minute, as Willsboro’s Clay Sherman scored the first of three first half goals for the Warriors, leading to a 3-1 victory.
“I anticipated the defender going back to intercept the ball, so I wanted to be aggressive,” Sherman said of the 50-50 ball he was able to track down. “I was able to beat one defender and then beat the goalie to the left.”
Sherman was assisted on the goal by Sam Politi, who cleared the ball out of the Willsboro defensive area.
“That gave us a ton of momentum,” Sherman said. “We played for the next 20 minutes on adrenaline.”
“Sherman was doing his job for us, and the goal was a big morale booster,” sweeper Dakota Sayward said. “It gave us the confidence to keep pushing up.”
Clayton Cross scored the second goal for the Warriors on a scramble in front of the Chazy net in the 22nd minute, and Nick Arnold scored the third goal in the 32nd minute when a corner kick by Jeffrey Bigelow deflected off the hands of Chazy goalie Austin Santor and onto Arnold’s foot.
The Eagles appeared to score their first goal just before the end of the first half, but the play was ruled offsides, one of three scoring chances for Chazy that was called back.
The Eagles finally scored in the 75th minute, when a cross by Jordan Barriere found the head of Nathan Reynolds for the lone Chazy tally.
“We got beat by a better team today,” Chazy head coach Rob McAuliffe said. “If you don’t play well against a good team, then they are going to beat you.”
“We put ourselves in good scoring opportunities and took advantage of those in the first half,” Willsboro head coach Andy Lee said. “Clay Sherman did some nice individual stuff, and we have been talking about how set pieces are the key to pulling out victories against other good teams.”
Lee said that he was pleased with the work of his two central defenders, John Fine-Lease and Sayward, especially in the second half when Chazy put the pressure on offensively.
“They blitzed us very hard,” Lee said. “We definitely had to hang in there. I am excited for the kids. The deserved it and it showed them that they can beat this team.”
“This is the first time in 12 games that we have done this,” Sherman said. “It’s a pretty nice feeling right now.”
The win gave Willsboro a one-point lead in Division II, with both teams meeting again, in Chazy on Thursday, Oct. 13.
“We need to understand how we are going to respond to this,” McAuliffe said. “We know that we have a team that can win games here.”
“We have Northern Adirondack, Elizabethtown-Lewis and Chazy three straight games, so everything could change in that one week of play the next time we meet them,” Lee said. “We have to better defend against their set pieces.”
Cody Sayward made 11 saves for the Warriors, while Santor made five.
Hornets rally past Beekmantown
Ethan Votraw waited as long as he could to score the equalizer for the Plattsburgh Hornets, netting the goal that tied the score at 1-1 in the 80th minute of regulation before scoring the game-winner in the 99th minute (double overtime) to beat the Beekmantown Eagles Sept. 21.
Votraw scored his opening goal on an assist from goalkeeper Chris Roenbeck (three saves) and the second on a David Carpenter assist.
Mark Price scored the lone goal for the Eagles in the 58th minute, after the Eagles were awarded a penalty kick.
Derek Olsen made six saves for the Eagles.
Wildcats shutout Beavers
The Schroon Lake Wildcats scored all four goals in the first half as they scored a 4-0 win against Keene Sept. 21.
Brandon Dumas had 11 saves for the Beavers.
Lions defeat Bobcats
After a scoreless first half, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions scored three unanswered goals in the second half to defeat the Northern Adirondack Bobcats, 3-0, Sept. 21.
Connor Apthorp got things rolling for the Lions offense in the 50th minute on an unassisted goal, which was followed by a Brody Hooper goal from a Tyler White assist in the 68th minute and a White unassisted goal in the 76th minute.
Brock Marvin made seven saves for the Lions, while Ethan Mousseau made 13 saves.
Blue Bombers blank Westport
Adam Antonucci scored the lone goal of the game in the 16th minute as the Lake Placid Blue Bombers scored a 1-0 win against the Westport Eagles Sept. 21.
Antonucci was assisted by Eddie Kane on the goal, while Daryl Brier made six saves.
Ethan Markwica made 16 saves for the Eagles.
Indians beat Chiefs
The Peru Indians scored late in the second half to pull ahead of the Saranac Chiefs for the 2-1 win Sept. 21.
Ian Spear scored in the 79th minute on an assist from Sean Harrigan to give the Indians the go-ahead tally. Ryan McCall scored the opening goal for Peru in the fifth minute, unassisted.
Aaron Cross scored on a Kolby Keysor assist for the Chiefs in the 18th minute to tie the game at 1-1 until the final two minutes of play.
Red Storm defeat Patriots
The Saranac Lake Red Storm scored both of their goals in the first half as they defeated the AuSable Valley Patriots, 2-0, Sept. 21.
Max Calderone was involved on both scoring plays for the Red Storm, assisting Steve Rodriguez on the opening goal in the 31st minute before scoring on a Quinn Urquhart assist in the 36th minute.
Austin Depo made nine saves for the Patriots.