Press-Republican

November 26, 2013

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


Press-Republican

---- — 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.

Zach Brothers (Chazy)- Brothers, a junior, paired with Barriere at center midfield for the Eagles. He had a strong work ethic and had the ability to control games with his passing. Brothers was selected as the MVP at the state final four. He finished the season with two goals and six assists.

Kaden Baugh (Seton Catholic)- Baugh, a junior, played midfield for the Knights this season. A lot of what Seton Catholic did went through him, as he finished with five goals and 13 helpers. Baugh is a two-time all-star whose hard work and energy helped the undermanned Knights this season.

Joel Morris (Elizabethtown-Lewis)- Morris, a freshman, played center midfield and controlled possession for the Lions this season. He showed great ballhandling and was able to penetrate defenses. Despite Morris’ size, he was able to win plenty of 50/50 balls and balls in the air. He finished the season with six goals and three assists.

Alec LaPierre (Chazy)- LaPierre, a senior, was a physical presence on defense for the Eagles. He had the ability to tackle hard and dominate the game in the air. LaPierre scored two goals in the state quarterfinals, and had the game-tying goal in the state semifinals. He finished the season with seven goals and two assists.

Keagan Briggs (Seton Catholic)- Briggs, a senior, patrolled the net for the Knights this season. He finished with five shutouts on the season, including one in double overtime against Chazy. Briggs long punts and throws gave Seton Catholic a great advantage in counterattacks.

Ryan Manion (Northern Adirondack)- Manion, a senior, was a four-year starter on the varsity for the Bobcats. In his career he amassed 26 goals and 13 assists. Manion was a team captain this season, and was known for his speed and tenacity around the goal. He finished with 11 goals and three assists on the season.

Ryan Davis (Westport)- Davis, a senior, was a four-year starter for the Eagles and named captain for the season. He has great ball skills and showed a great ability to read the game to create opportunities for his teammates. Davis played center midfield for Westport this year and finished with five goals and one assist.

Zac Noka-Bailey (Elizabethtown-Lewis)- Noka-Bailey, a junior, played sweeper and controlled the defensive third of the field for the Lions. He showed incredible speed and was able to chase down strikers. Noka-Bailey had a strong ability to clear the ball to quickly get it upfield to the offense.

Hayden Guay (Chazy)- Guay, a senior, was a three-year varsity starter and was part of three state championship teams. He has the ability to beat opponents from his outside midfield position, which made him a threat to all teams. Guay’s experience and leadership helped the team capture another state championship. He finished the year with eight goals and nine assists.

Northern Soccer League

Div. II Boys’ All-Stars

First Team

Adam Tedford (Seton Catholic), Nzoni Thompson (Lake Placid), Zach Brothers (Chazy), Kaden Baugh (Seton Catholic), Joel Morris (Elizabethtown-Lewis), Alex LaPierre (Chazy), Keagan Briggs (Seton Catholic), Ryan Manion (Northern Adirondack), Ryan Davis (Westport), Zac Noka-Bailey (Elizabethtown-Lewis), Hayden Guay (Chazy)

Second Team

Stuart Baird (Lake Placid), Nick Arnold (Willsboro), Scott Kellett (Northern Adirondack), Justin LaPier (Elizabethtown-Lewis), Dylan LaBarge (Northern Adirondack), Nic Favreau (Seton Catholic), Hugh Harwood (Elizabethtown-Lewis), Dylan Doran (Chazy), Alex Rabideau (Chazy), Seth Swires (Willsboro), John Doyle (Westport), Alex Brandes (Lake Placid)

Most Valuable Player: Josh Barriere (Chazy)

Coach of the Year: Mike Eppler (Seton Catholic)

Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award: Westport