November 9, 2012

Bulldogs blank Panthers for Section X crown

POTSDAM — The Chateaugay girls’ soccer team had its way against Parishville-Hopkinton during the Northern Athletic Conference regular season.

That didn’t change in the playoffs Thursday night.

The undefeated Bulldogs, recording their third shutout in a row in postseason play, defended their Section X Class D championship with a 3-0 victory at Potsdam High School.

Chateaugay, which had earlier recorded 7-1 and 4-2 victories over the Panthers, will be back in Potsdam Saturday when it opposes Section VII champion Elizabethtown-Lewis in the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals.

“We’re very happy,” Chateaugay coach Steve Lang said. “Parishville-Hopkinton has a high-powered offense that had scored 66 goals coming into the game. So, absolutely, it’s nice to get the win and the shutout.

“Coming into the game, they had only been shut out once this season.”

Hannah Cook led the way offensively for the Bulldogs (19-0) with two goals.

The first came unassisted at 10:17 of the first half and put Chateaugay ahead to stay.

“She beat a couple of defenders near midfield and than beat the sweeper,” Lang said. “So she ended up beating three defenders in all.”

Alexis Beach then gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 first-half lead at 14:04 when she scored off a Stephanie Whyte assist.

“Whyte had the ball outside on the right side, and she crossed it to Beach,” Lang said. “Beach then beat the sweeper and scored.”

Chateaugay added its third and final goal with 14:04 gone in the second half. Cook added her second goal of the game, with Danielle Charland assisting.

“It was off a big scramble in front,” Lang said. “The ball was bouncing around all over and deflected to Charland, who then redirected it to Cook.”

The Bulldogs finished with a 14-8 advantage in shots. Makayla Fleury recorded the shutout with seven saves, and Marlee Wilson stopped eight shots for the Panthers.

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