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September 6, 2013

Cougars, Eagles and Mountaineers seek to repeat as divisional champs

Editors Note: The Press-Republican did not receive information from Crown Point, Wells, Indian Lake/Long Lake or Schroon Lake in time for the preview.

It figures to be another interesting boys’ soccer season with 21 teams competing in three divisions in the Northern Soccer League.



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Defending division champions include Northeastern Clinton in Division I, Chazy in Division II and Minerva/Newcomb in Division III. All three will need to overcome the loss of some key players to graduation in their bid to repeat.

Returning sectional champions include Northeastern Clinton in Class B, Lake Placid in Class C and Chazy in Class D.

Chazy would later add yet another state championship.

DIVISION I

AUSABLE VALLEY

The Patriots will need to get a lot out of returners Austin Facteau, Elias Smith, Riley Taylor, Prescott Doyle, Nate Devins and Alex Knapp in order to compete.

The returning players have good experience and skill.

AuSable Valley’s new players are young and inexperienced, however. Varsity newcomers Zach Cosgrove and Ian Rennie will be counted on to fill huge roles for the squad.

The Patriots will also need to continue to develop their attack as that is an area the team has struggled with.

Players lost

Nate Casey, Eli Blaise, Austin Depo, Tanner LaVallee, Jacob Montefusco, Alexander Conner, John Ladieu, Mark Chauvin, John Goodnough, Conner Kennedy, Josh Taylor.

Players returning

Austin Facteau, Riley Taylor, Prescott Doyle, Alex Knapp, Nate Devins, Ian Rennie, Elias Smith.

Newcomers

Zach Cosgrove, Elijah Bushey, Payson Baer, Chris Hickey, Austin Butler, Jimmy Provost, Zach Kelly, Kyle Hart, Harrison Blaise, Chase Davis.

BEEKMANTOWN

The Eagles, 10-4-2 a season ago, lost 10 players to graduation.

Nine players, however, return and will be joined by nine varsity newcomers as Beekmantown will use its talent and depth to make a run at the Division I title.

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