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November 2, 2013

Waterbury lifts Beekmantown to Class B championship

CHAZY — With over three minutes gone in the second half, Beekmantown’s Ethan Bacon delivered a cross, which Ryan Waterbury headed over the crossbar by mere inches. 

Waterbury, though, wasn’t to be denied on an identical play less than a minute later.

Waterbury converted on the header before adding another goal at 26:46, helping the Eagles (11-3-1) to their second Section VII Class B boys’ soccer championship in three years with a 2-0 defeat of Plattsburgh High Friday.

“I’m very excited for them,” Beekmantown coach Ryan Loucy said. “They’ve really worked hard this year, and they played well (Friday). They did what the coaches asked them to do. We made some adjustments at halftime, and they came out with their adjustments and put it to good use.”

The two teams remained scoreless through the first 40 minutes of play with the shots tied at four apiece.

After nearly converting on Bacon’s first one-time feed, Waterbury connected on the second attempt. The game’s first tally was scored with 35:53 showing on the clock at George Brendler Field in Chazy.

“Ethan played a great ball in the first time,” Waterbury said. “Just headed it over. Second time, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my hands again. Just got a little lower and headed it in.”

The Eagles, who entered the game ranked No. 18 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class B poll Oct. 27, maintained a one-goal lead for the next 22 minutes and 39 seconds.

Then, Waterbury struck again.

Hornets (10-7-1) goalkeeper Taoufik Maknani, making his second-career start between the pipes, played the ball with his hands just outside the 18-yard box. The handball gave Beekmantown a free-kick opportunity within striking distance.

Waterbury instinctively fired the loose ball into an unattended net.

“Well, I saw Taoufik just walking back, so I immediately just put the ball down,” Waterbury said. “No hesitation. Just shot (it). Great feeling, great win. A lot of credit (goes) to my teammates.”

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