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October 18, 2013

Eagles claim Division I NSL title

BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown boys’ soccer team had a flare for late-game dramatics during the final week of the Northern Soccer League season.

Forty-eight hours removed from a come-from-behind tie against Peru, Alex Price’s game-winning goal at 35:06 of the second half helped the Eagles to a 1-0 win over Plattsburgh High Thursday.

With the victory, Beekmantown captured the Division I crown on Senior Night.

“I’m excited for the kids,” Eagles coach Ryan Loucy said. “They’ve really worked hard this year to get better at what they do as a team as well as individuals, but first and foremost as a team. I’m just happy and excited for them.”

Loucy’s team, however, didn’t get off to the start it was looking for.

The Hornets jumped out to a 7-3 advantage in shots and received a quality scoring opportunity from Yanis Yahiaoui inside 2:30 to play in the first half.

“I honestly don’t think we had enough energy and emotion at the start of the game,” Price said. “We got pumped at our halftime, and I thought we got going.”

Loucy couldn’t point to any particular reason why his team was at a deficit in the first half.

“I know sometimes if we don’t have school, we come out flat,” Loucy said. “But that wasn’t the case (Thursday). I’m not really sure … caught up in the emotion of Senior Night or what it was. But we definitely did a much better job in the second half.”

The match remained scoreless as the second half progressed. The two Division I foes each registered five shots through the first 30 minutes.

Then Price received a one-time feed from Ian Pummell nearly 35 yards out and beat a Plattsburgh High defender around the edge.

Going one-on-one with Hornets goalkeeper Mike Stetz, Price fired a shot just inside the near-side post with 4:54 remaining in regulation.

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