CHAZY — The Saranac girls’ soccer team will get its second consecutive crack at a Section VII Class B championship Friday.
The Chiefs (15-0), utilizing two goals from Amy LoTemplio, defeated AuSable Valley 3-1 in a semifinal bout at George Brendler Field in Chazy Saturday.
LoTemplio recorded back-to-back tallies inside the first 25:58 of play.
“Yeah, I was pretty pleased,” Saranac coach Mary LoTemplio said. “Actually, the first five minutes of the game, we hit the crossbar and we came out really strong. I was a little disappointed we didn’t get anything out of all of that.
“But then, we got a direct (kick) and got that in. We got a little lucky with a lucky bounce. All of a sudden, it was 2-0.”
The Chiefs maintained a 2-0 advantage at the halftime break and led in the shots department, 10-2.
Ellen Thew extended Saranac’s differential to 3-0 when she buried her 20th goal of the year with 3:24 gone in the second half.
“She gets a lot of attention,” Mary LoTemplio said. “She gets two or three players on her, and I think AuSable decided to close down certain players. If you close down this one, that one is going to score. That’s the way it’s been. It’s hard to stop everybody. We’re lucky to have a lot of players that can score, not just one or two.”
Dru Gravelle helped the fifth-seeded Patriots (5-11) get their lone score of the game with 24:19 remaining in regulation. Slipping past the defense, Gravelle flicked a loose ball into the back of the net. Taylor Saltus was credited with an assist on the play.
The Chiefs concluded the contest with a 17-7 advantage in shots, while owning a 7-0 margin in corner kicks.
“Well, (that) says that we have 11 pretty good players,” Mary LoTemplio said. “We can get the ball, keep the ball. We’re still working on a few things (like) not getting beat over the top, getting good pressure on the ball and playing for a whole 40 minutes. But as far as our talent, we have the ability to do a lot of things.”