PLATTSBURGH — The one-goal margin of difference in Chazy’s 1-0 victory over Elizabethtown-Lewis in Saturday night’s Section VII Class D boys’ soccer final at the Plattsburgh Athletic Complex didn’t surprise Eagles’ coach Rob McAuliffe.
In fact, he was expecting it.
Hayden Guay’s goal on a rebound in the second 15-minute, sudden-death overtime gave the defending champion and top-seeded Eagles the hard-earned win.
“I’m not surprised,” McAuliffe said. “I knew it was going to be a one-goal game decided in either regulation or overtime. I knew it was going to be a good game.
“It could have gone either way, but ended up going our way.”
The Eagles held an 18-4 advantage in shots, but the Lions were able to hold their ground defensively.
“We had to play the game against a team like Chazy with a defensive mentality,” Elizabethtown-Lewis coach Paul Buehler said. “We wanted to try and wear them down.
“We had to take care of defense first, even though we didn’t want to back in as much.
“But that’s what happened.”
The end came 6:31 into the second extra session.
Tyler Hicks sent a hard shot on net from the outside and Lions’ keeper Justin Lapier made a diving stop on it. But Guay crashed the net, got to the rebound first and sent the game-winner into the net.
“Their goalie was playing really well, but he was giving up some rebounds,” Guay said. “I felt the opportunity to get to the net and just let it go.
“We felt we would eventually make it happen, but we had to dig down deep in overtime.”
Chazy (15-1-3) outshot Elizabethtown-Lewis (13-6), 9-0, in the first half and held a 15-3 edge through regulation.
“It was frustrating not to score in the first half,” McAuliffe said. “I felt like we let the game slip away because we could have put away some goals. But their goalie either made a good save or we mishit the ball.