RICKY ST. CLAIR
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.
“No, I wasn’t nervous,” Latremore said. “We practice them every day, and I knew exactly what I had to do. I just focused on the ball. I didn’t even look at the goalie. I just put it into the back of the net.”
Maura Trombley extended the Eagles’ lead to four goals with just 1:34 seconds showing on the scoreboard. Laurin was awarded the assist on the play.
Latremore, Laurin and Heidi Kreckel added second-half scores in the seven-goal victory. Sherman received contributions from a half-dozen players, who found themselves on the score sheet.
“It really makes me so emotional to see these girls come off the bench and put the ball in the net,” Sherman said. “We focus on everybody contributing, not just one player. Between Rachel, Kinnan and Hannah Laurin, who had two goals and three assists, it was just amazing.”
Logan Baker was credited with eight saves on eight shots faced, recording her eighth shutout between the pipes. Lauren Cross made 11 saves in the seven-goal loss for the Vikings.
With the win, Chazy will face the Section X representative in the regional finals Nov. 9.
Sherman suspects it will be Chateaugay, who is 16-0-1 and ranked No. 3 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class D poll.
“We’re ready,” Sherman said. “We’ve been (ready) this year and all of last year, too. I think if we can improve our feet-to-feet passing and posses the ball, we should be all right. But I’m just so proud of my team right now. This is how we wanted to feel after the game.”
Chazy 7, Moriah 0
Moriah 0 0 — 0
Chazy 4 3 — 7
First half- 1, C, Pombrio (Latremore), 3:35. 2, C, Laurin (Pombrio), 21:37. 3, C, Latremore, 28:56 (PK). 4, C, Trombley (Laurin), 38:26.
Second half- 5, C, Latremore (Laurin), 14:45. 6, C, Laurin (Pepper), 17:39. 7, C, Kreckel (Latremore), 20:15.
Shots: Chazy 14. Moriah 8.
Saves: Baker, C, 8. Cross, MCS, 11.