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November 10, 2013

Chazy boys return to state final four in Class D soccer

Eagles explode past Harrisville

PLATTSBURGH — Harrisville never knew what hit it.

The Chazy boys erupted for four goals in the first 7:54 of the game and held an 8-0 advantage with 24:46 gone in the half on the way to a 10-0 rout in NYSPHSAA Class D regional championship soccer play Saturday at the Plattsburgh High School Athletic Complex.

The Section VII and defending state champions (17-1-3) will play in the Final Four semifinals at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday in Middletown against either Fort Ann or Smithtown Christian.

Harrisville (16-2-2), the Section X champion, won its sectional crown on Thursday night in overtime over Morristown and came into Saturday’s contest a weary team that was also missing its best player (Jared Dreythaler) due to a broken ankle.

The Pirates were no match for the Eagles, who came out a determined group.

“I felt good about the team’s mindset going into the game,” Chazy coach Rob McAuliffe said. “We were relaxed and focused.

“I knew the first 20 minutes of the game would be crucial and we played very well.”

Alec LaPierre and Hayden Guay teamed up to give Chazy a 2-0 lead just 4:17 into the game.

LaPierre headed in Guay’s corner kick at the 3:05 mark and then headed in another Guay corner kick shortly after, at 4:17, to make it 2-0.

“I think getting that second goal right away was big for us,” McAuliffe said. “One of the things we have been good at this year is our restarts and today was no different.

“Guay does a great job setting up chances for us and LaPierre is dominant in the box.”

The Eagles weren’t done scoring, however, as the goals continued to come often and quickly.

Alex Rabideau moved down the middle after taking a pass from Zach Brothers and found the far corner of the net at 7:03 to make it 3-0.

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