CHAZY — The Chazy boys’ soccer team is no stranger to the Section VII Class D championship game.
The Eagles (14-1-3), who received goal contributions from Alec LaPierre, Hayden Guay and Dylan Garrow, advanced to the sectional finals for the twelfth consecutive year with a 3-1 win over Schroon Lake Monday.
“I thought we played well from beginning to end,” Chazy coach Rob McAuliffe said. “We generated a lot of chances. The only disappointment — we really should’ve finished on a number of scoring opportunities.”
LaPierre helped the second-ranked Eagles get on the board with just 4:31 elapsed in the first half. Dylan Doran was credited with an assist on the play.
“We started the game off well,” McAuliffe said. “Alec scored a great goal on a header. Anytime you get a big goal (early), it’s a good way to get things started.”
Guay extended Chazy’s advantage to 2-0 after connecting on a one-time feed from Alex Rabideau at 31:24.
The Wildcats (12-2-1) were able to put one on the scoreboard with just 13 seconds remaining in the first half. Jordan Finnerty connected on a pass from Bobby Rose to cut the Eagles’ lead to one.
“We gave up an unneeded foul at midfield,” McAuliffe said. “They served the ball in the box and capitalized. Schroon Lake defended well and stayed in the game. They made things difficult for us. We were the better team throughout the game, but they came ready to play (Monday).”
The game remained 2-1 until the 34:31 mark when Garrow added an insurance goal on Rabideau’s second helper of the match.
“We really didn’t put a lot of pressure on, which kept the game close,” McAuliffe said. “Their goalie made some key saves, and they were organized in the back. Fortunately, Garrow was able to get a goal at the end to kind of seal it.”
Trent Blais made four saves between the pipes for Chazy, while Schroon Lake’s Caleb Maisonville accumulated 16 stops in the two-goal loss.
The Eagles will face Elizabethtown-Lewis, a winner over Wells in the second of two semifinal games, at Plattsburgh High for 7 p.m. Saturday.
Chazy 3, Schroon Lake 1
Schroon Lake 1 0 — 1
Chazy 2 1 — 3
First half- 1, C, LaPierre (Doran), 4:31. 2, C, Guay (Rabideau), 31:24. 3, SL, Finnerty (Rose), 39:47.
Second half- 4, C, Garrow (Rabideau), 34:31.
Shots: Chazy 24. Schroon Lake 6.
Saves: Maisonville, SL, 16. Blais, C, 4.
Elizabethtown-Lewis 3, Wells 1
ELIZABETHTOWN — Austin Morris recorded two goals, while Joel Morris added another in the Lions’ (14-5) two-goal defeat of the Indians.
“Our offense clicked (Monday) and passing combinations were a bit smoother between our front three players,” Elizabethtown-Lewis coach Paul Buehler said. “We had great production from Austin Morris and good midfield control from Trevor Brooks, Hugh Harwood and Joel Morris.”
Austin Morris recorded back-to-back goals with 19:38 and 9:01 remaining in the first half, respectively.
Joel Morris extended the Lions’ differential to 3-0, beating three defenders near the penalty arc and cracking a shot inside the far-side post at 16:17 of the second half.
Wells got its lone tally of the game when Stephen Raymond connected on a penalty kick at 30:12.
“Wells played a hard game (Monday),” Buehler said. “Late in the game, they were able to put pressure on which caused some difficult situations in our penalty area. They got an outstanding game from their goalkeeper Ben Brenan. He protects the goal well and is very athletic.”
Elizabethtown-Lewis led shots in the match, 31-8.
Elizabethtown-Lewis 3, Wells 1
Wells 0 1 — 1
E’town-Lewis 2 1 — 3
First half- 1, ELCS, A. Morris (Gay), 20:22. 2, ELCS, A. Morris (Harwood), 30:59.
Second half- 3, ELCS, J. Morris, 16:17. 4, W, Raymond, pk, 30:12.
Shots: Elizabethtown-Lewis 31. Wells 8.
Saves: Brenan, W, 20. LaPier, ELCS, 3.