MIDDLETOWN — Chazy boys’ soccer coach Rob McAuliffe didn’t bring up the topic, preferring to emphasize what his players have been able to accomplish.
But when the Eagles, led by Josh Barriere’s three goals, captured the NYSPHSAA Class D championship with a 4-0 victory over Section II’s Fort Ann on Sunday at Middletown High School’s Faller Stadium Turf Field, it put McAuliffe and the Chazy program in select company.
It marked the sixth Class D title for the Eagles under McAuliffe’s direction and tied him for first all-time in the state in boys’ soccer with Pittsford-Mendon’s Joe Borrosh and Shenendehowa’s Mike Campisi.
“It’s nice,” said McAuliffe. “We’re all proud of our program at Chazy and players take a lot of pride in it.
“It started in the 1960’s and coaches like George Brendler and Tom Tregan helped to build it to where is is now. It’s great for all our players and alumni.”
The top-ranked Eagles closed out a sensational season in which they outscored their opponents 127-9 to finish the year with a 21-0-1 record.
“I know people will say our 2005 team was the best ever at Chazy,” said McAuliffe. “But this year’s team can be mentioned the same way.”
“It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” said senior Nathan Reynolds. “I didn’t want to finish the season and my career on a losing note.
“We got on it early and were able to finish our chances today. We had a tough game the day before (a 1-0 win over Poland on Saturday) and Fort Ann is an athletic team, all around. We did the job.”
The Eagles grabbed the lead at 25:05 of the first half. Nelson Pelton sent a corner kick in front where Barriere got a piece of it and Reynolds headed the ball into the net.