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November 17, 2012

Chateaugay shooting for perfect finish

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PLATTSBURGH —

“We’ve had some lopsided games this season, but a lot of pressure games as well,” said Lang. “Some of those 3-1 games we played were also very good.

“Our defense has played well as a unit — we’ve given up seven goals in 20 games. The girls keep their eye on one another and communicate well. We will have to do a good job marking Vendeventer because she has as strong a foot I’ve ever seen.

“Our front line has been scoring goals and clicking, although I would like to see us finish on more of our chances.”

Chateaugay will have some experience on its side.

“Out of the 19 players on our roster, nine are seniors,” said Lang. “We’ve won four Section X titles in a row, only to lose to Chazy until this year when we were able to beat Elizabethtown-Lewis.

“We play a lot of players — that’s our style. Our game agsinst Smithtown-Christian is on turf and we’ve played well on turf fields. We have good team speed. We want to control the ball and use our passing skills.”

Up front, the Bulldogs will be counting on Courtney Boyea, Alexis Beach, Cook and Katie Beach.

The midfield will be handled by Stephanie Whyte, Danielle Charland, Taylor Winch and Morgan Legacy.

Key players on defense include keeper Makayla Fleury, and backs Abby Barnes, Sarah Gardiner and Lindsey Matthews.

“We have other players who also play a lot,” said Lang.

This will mark Chateaugay’s second trip to the Final Four.

“We went to the Final Four in 2004,” said Lang. “We beat Willsboro, 3-1, in the regionals and then Arkport, 1-0, in the state semifinals. We lost to McGraw, 1-0, in the state championship game.”

The Bulldogs are hoping to take it a step farther this season.

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