DRYDEN — Chateaugay didn’t waste any time in Saturday’s NYSPHSAA Class D girls’ soccer semifinal. The Bulldogs were aggressive from the start, putting immediate pressure on Smithtown Christian. Chateaugay scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and continued to control play, ending up with a 6-1 victory at Tomkins-Cortland Community College.
“We came out and attacked right off,” Chateaugay coach Steve Lang said. “It’s down to the final four, and we didn’t want to sit back and wait. We put pressure on and ended up having a couple good chances that didn’t go in. And within eight minutes, we scored.”
Chateaugay (21-0), which is ranked No. 1 in Class D, will take on Poland at 1 p.m. today in the final at Cortland State.
The Bulldogs put pressure on from the get-go. Smithtown Christian goalkeeper Hannah Steffens made a tremendous play to keep it scoreless early on, coming out and knocking the ball away from Alexis Beach, who came in 1-on-1. But Beach got payback a couple of minutes later when she put the ball in the lower left corner of the net at 7:31.
Chateaugay continued to get good scoring chances. Steffens stopped a hard shot from straight on shortly after the goal. Then Katie Beach brought the ball down the right side, waited for Steffens to come out, and crossed it to Hannah Cook, who put it in the open net at 14:51.
Courtney Boyea scored from the left side in the final minute of the half to send the Bulldogs to the intermission with a 3-0 cushion.
Chateaugay put 12 shots on net in the first half and had several others that just missed, including one that hit the crossbar. The Bulldogs were able to easily get behind the defense.
Lang watched Smithtown Christian’s regional final win, so he knew what to expect from the Section XI team.