“I was concerned at the half because Elizabehtown-Lewis got better as the game went on.”
The Eagles still carried more of the play in the second half, but the Lions began to get back on equal footing in the overtimes.
“We did play our best soccer starting in the first overtime,” Buehler said.
Trent Blais recorded the shutout in the Chazy nets with two saves and Lapier was strong in the Elizabethtown-Lewis goal with eight stops.
“Justin has been a great leader for us,” Buehler said. “We needed to play our best soccer (Saturday) and he did.”
“Elizabethtown-Lewis is a well-coached team and well organized,” McAuliffe said.
It was a satisfying result for McAuliffe, who lost 14 seniors off last year’s state championship team and also this year’s leading scorer, Derek Drake, to an injury early in the regular season.
“We lost a lot of players from a year ago and I know some people questioned whether we could win the sectional championship this year,” he said. “I’m proud of the boys for doing so.”
Buehler, meanwhile, was just as proud of his team.
“The players gave a solid effort (Saturday),” he said. “We have three starters who weren’t playing soccer two years ago. And we’re still a young team.”
“Elizabethtown-Lewis is an improved team since the last time we played them,” Guay said. “We expected a hard game against them — and it was.”
The Eagles will play the Section X champion in regional play this coming Saturday in Plattsburgh. The time and opponent are yet to be determined. Section X hasn’t played its D semifinals yet and the championship game isn’t scheduled until Thursday.
Chazy 1, Elizabethtown-Lewis 0
Elizabethtown-Lewis 0 0 0 0 — 0
Chazy 0 0 0 1 — 1
Second overtime- 1, C, Guay (Hicks), 6:31.
Shots: Chazy 18, Elizabethtown-Lewis 4.
Saves: Lapier, E-L, 8. Blais, C, 2.