PLATTSBURGH — The Eagles are headed back to the Class D final four.
Chazy (16-2-1) defeated Chateaugay, 3-1, in Saturday’s NYSPHSAA Class D girls’ soccer regional title game to move on to the state semifinals in Cortland.
The Bulldogs (18-1-1) hadn’t lost a match all year, but Chateaugay was playing off of one day’s rest and their fourth game in eight days.
“It’s just tough to come back,” Bulldogs coach Steven Lang said. “But I think the girls ran well and played well, but still having a game before state qualifiers (hurt us).”
The Eagles struck first, as Amber Polomsky played a ball over the top of the Chateaugay defense where teammate Rachel Pombrio was able to run on to and get a shot off on Bulldogs keeper Kennedy Boyea.
Boyea made the initial save, however, Pombrio never gave up on the play and was able to cut off an attempted clear from a Chateaugay defender and knock the ball into the back of the net.
“We wanted to set the momentum,” Pombrio said. “They play more of kick and run and we knew if we went right to (the ball) we’d be able to score first.”
“We do a lot of possession during practice,” Polomsky added. “I knew if I could get it to either Rachel or Hannah (Laurin) on their feet I knew they could put it in.”
Chazy held the lead at halftime, but the Bulldogs led 6-5 on shots on goal.
However it was Chateaugay that scored first in the second half.
At the 7:57 mark, Haylee Tower played a ball over to an open Katie Beach on the left wing. Beach was able to muscle past two Eagle defenders and keep with the play and eventually put a shot past Chazy keeper Logan Baker.
“We’ve been down before and we’ve been tied before. We know we can come back with heart,” Eagles coach Karin Sherman said. “We just kept pushing and pushing, and that’s what we strive for.”