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November 26, 2013

Barriere, Eppler lead Div. II boys' soccer all-stars

The Chazy Eagles were once again crowned state champions, this time sharing the honor in Class D with Jasper-Troupsburg after playing to a 1-all tie in the state championship game.

The Eagles, however, had some stiff competition this season, including inside their own division.

Section VII Class D runner up Elizabethtown-Lewis gave Chazy all they could handle in the sectional title game before falling in overtime. The Lions went 13-6 on the season.

Lake Placid (9-4-2) and Seton Catholic (8-5-3) were also strong threats throughout the Division II season.

Westport was honored with the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.

The all-star teams and awards were selected by the NSL coaches.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Josh Barriere (Chazy)- Barriere, a junior, was a dominant presence at center midfield for the Eagles this season. He had the ability to control the game defensively, while still being an offensive weapon. Barriere tallied the game-tying goal in the state championship game. He finished with 13 goals and eight assists.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Eppler (Seton Catholic)- Eppler helped the Knights to their first winning season in nearly six seasons in the 2013 campaign. He took an undermanned Seton Catholic team and helped them to a record of 8-5-3, which included a pair of ties to state-champion Chazy, by teaching them how to play team soccer. The Knights fell to Northern Adirondack in the Section VII Class C semifinals.

FIRST TEAM

Adam Tedford (Seton Catholic)- Tedford, a senior, played both midfield and forward for the Knights, while being a team captain. He led the division in scoring with 19 goals and four assists. He is a four-time all-star, and also a great team leader for Seton Catholic, on and off the field.

Nzoni Thompson (Lake Placid)- Thompson, a junior, played forward for the Blue Bombers this season. He has great team speed and was Lake Placid’s main striker and target man. Thompson scored crucial goals in games against Seton Catholic and Chazy, while also tallying the opening goal in the sectionals against Northern Adirondack. He finished the year with nine goals and four assists.

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