CHAZY — — State-ranked Northeastern Clinton flexed its muscles while Ian Spear led an improbable Peru comeback Saturday night in the Section VII Class B boys’ soccer semifinals.
The top-seeded Cougars pulled away to a 3-0 victory over Plattsburgh High and Spear’s three goals rallied the second-seeded Indians to a 4-3 win over Beekmantown at George Brendler Field.
NCCS and Peru will meet for the B title on Friday at 7 p.m. in Chazy.
Peru 4, Beekmantown 3
When Adam Goldfarb scored his second goal of the game, with 19:16 gone in the second half, to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead, it was looking good for Beekmantown.
But then Spear took over.
He took a pass from Jacob Dick and got behind the Eagles’ defense to bring Peru to within 3-2 shortly after, at 20:13.
Then, following an Indian corner kick and ensuing scramble in front, Spear headed the ball into the net to tie it at 25:47.
Spear finished off his three-goal performance when Jonathan Plessis-Belair got him the ball and the junior sent a sensational shot from an angle into the far corner to put the Indians in front for the first time in the game, with 6:16 left in regulation.
“We showed more cohesion in the second half and the key players on the team stepped up for us,” said Peru coach Matt Armstrong. “I’m happy because our players were able to respond.”
The Eagles held a 1-0 lead at the half on Goldfarb’s first goal of the contest. Austin Burl crossed the ball in front and Goldfarb slid onto it and one-timed it into the net.
The Indians drew even at 7:32 of the second half. Dick took a free kick and Plessis-Belair headed the ball into the back of the net.
But back came Beekmantown to take a 3-1 advantage.