CORTLAND — Chazy coach Karin Sherman was making her fifth appearance in the girls’ final four Saturday, so she’s seen her fair share of New York’s top Class D teams.
Following her latest trip to the state semifinals, Sherman said Jasper-Troupsburg is “probably the best” team she has ever seen.
The Wildcats earned Sherman’s high praise with a dominating effort against her Eagles, scoring twice in the second half while shutting down Chazy in a 2-0 victory that sends them into today’s NYSPHSAA Class D championship game against Section III’s Poland.
“That’s a very strong team that we lost to,” Sherman said.
Jasper-Troupsburg (21-1) controlled the middle of the field, constantly threatened in their attacking third and allowed little penetration by the Eagles’ offense. The No. 2-state ranked Wildcats held a 14-3 advantage in shots — and all of Chazy’s ended as easy saves for Elizabeth Groff.
Despite the loss, the No. 3-ranked Eagles (16-3-10) got back to their title-winning ways this season after falling to Elizabethtown-Lewis last season in the Section VII Class D final. Chazy defeated Moriah in the sectional title game this year and knocked off Section X’s Chateaugay to win the regional championship.
Sherman was fighting back tears when talking about this year’s squad.
“This is a team that had a lot of heart and drive to get back here,” Sherman said. “My high school team, it was 25 years to the date we won our state championship. I tell them all the time how hard it is to get here.
“I’m just proud of them and we’ll be back. Definitely, we’ll be back.”
But a chance for a third state title in four years was halted by the Section V champion.
The score could have been worse if not for a strong effort from Chazy senior netminder Logan Baker, who was playing with a broken finger suffered in the win against Chateaugay. Baker scooped up several dangerous passes and finished with seven saves, none bigger or more impressive than the one she made with 2:14 left in the first half.