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November 15, 2013

Chazy relishes return trip to final four

They Eagles are back and they’re looking for another title.

Chazy will make its fourth appearance in five years at the NYSPHSAA Class D girls soccer final four Saturday in Cortland.

The Eagles’ season ended disappointingly last year, with a sectional final loss to Elizabethtown-Lewis. This year, they’ve already claimed the Section VII crown, but last year’s loss still weighs heavily on their shoulders.

“Losing last year didn’t feel great,” Chazy coach Karin Sherman said. “It can be so easy (for our season) to be taken away from us. Every school in New York State tries to make it here, and our goal is to become New York Class D champions.”

The Eagles defeated Section X’s Chateaugay 3-1 at Plattsburgh High School in the regional finals to move on to the final four. Saturday, Chazy will look to get past Section V’s Jasper-Troupsburg and move on to the championship Sunday.

The Wildcats are led offensively by Kaitlin Huyler, who has accumulated a team-leading, 28 goals along with 14 assists this season. Not far behind in goals is teammate Kendall Austin with 27.

In goal for Jasper-Troupsburg is Elizabeth Groff, who has made 46 saves this season with a save percentage of 88.5.

Sherman said she and her staff have done a thorough scouting report on the Wildcats and are aware of their offensive prowess, but they aren’t emphasizing the opposition too much this week.

“We don’t dwell on what the other team does,” Sherman said. “We try to focus on making them play with us. We know some of the strengths they have, but I don’t focus on it at practice.”

“It’s just a mental game,” Sherman added. “We focus on feet to feet, and transitioning the game to our style of play.”

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