PLATTSBURGH — After a one-year hiatus, the Chazy girls’ soccer team is back on top in Section VII.
Utilizing two goals and three assists from Hannah Laurin, the seventh-ranked Eagles (15-2-1) blanked Moriah 7-0 in the Class D championship at Plattsburgh High Saturday.
“I’m so proud of my team, especially after losing last year and the thought that it could happen any year,” Chazy coach Karin Sherman said. “So I’m just very proud we came out and did our thing.”
The Eagles were able to pounce on the Vikings (9-7-1) from the get-go. Rachel Pombrio opened scoring with the game’s first tally at 3:35.
“We focus on scoring first and keep on pounding, putting the ball in the net and never settling,” Sherman said. “Most goals in soccer are scored in the first five or the last five minutes of the half. We set the tone within the first five minutes.”
Laurin recorded her first goal of the match at the 21:37 mark on a one-time feed from Pombrio.
Chazy was able to use its speed to its advantage throughout, slipping behind the Moriah defense and getting point-blank opportunities in front.
“We have the speed and sometimes we don’t use it when we should,” Sherman said. “I thought we needed to come together and play our type of game. Sometimes, the girls hesitate too much. But we didn’t (Saturday).”
Kinnan Latremore said the team’s success was a result of one-touch passing and quickness.
“I think that’s why we got a few of our offside balls,” Latremore said. “We knew if we could move the ball up the field, we could get by them every time. Fortunately, it worked out well.”
Latremore was advantageous with a penalty-kick opportunity just over seven minutes after Laurin’s tally. The junior midfielder was able to slip a hard shot past Vikings’ goalkeeper Lauren Cross at 28:56.