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November 18, 2012

Chateaugay girls in state final

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“I did go down and scout Smithtown Christian, and the scouting trip sure paid off,” Lang said. “I just saw a couple schemes I thought we could break. “The kids played great. We had our best performance.”

Katie Beach started off the second half by creating a scoring chance, and Steffens made a solid save. Then Smithtown Christian got its best opportunity up to that point, but Chateaugay keeper Makayla Fleury scooped up the shot.

In the middle of the half, Alexis Beach corralled the ball out front using some nice footwork and lofted a shot that found the back of the net to make it 4-0. She tallied her third goal of the game at the 26:32 mark.

“Alexis played a great game, and so did her sister. Katie ended up with four assists,” Lang said.

Boyea wrapped up Chateaugay’s scoring with a goal in the 31st minute.

Kristina Reuter spoiled the shutout with just over two minutes left on the clock.

Fleury made seven saves in the Chateaugay nets. Steffens finished with 16 stops for No. 5 Smithtown Christian (9-5-1).

The Bulldogs reached the Class D championship game for the second time in the team’s history. They lost to McGraw in 2004.

Their opponent today, Poland, defeated Jasper-Troupsburg 2-1 in Saturday’s other semifinal. Poland plays in Section III and will be making its first appearance in the state title game.

Lang said Poland, which is ranked second, gets excellent play from its halfbacks and features two high-scoring forwards.

“We’re going to really have to do hard work to stop those front two,” Lang said. “We have strong halfbacks, so maybe my halfbacks can match their halfbacks.”

Chateaugay 6, Smithtown Christian 1

Smithtown Christian 0 1 — 1

Chateaugay 3 3 — 6

First half -1, Chat, A. Beach (K. Beach), 7:31. 2, Chat, Cook (K. Beach), 14:51. 3, Chat, Boyea (Yando), 39:55.

Second half - 4, Chat, A. Beach (K. Beach), 16:20. 5, Chat, A. Beach (K. Beach), 26:32. 6, Chat, Boyea (A. Beach), 31:24. 7, SC, Reuter (Vandeventer), 27:56.

Shots: Smithtown Christian 8, Chateaugay 22.

Saves: Steffens, SC, 16. Fleury, Chat, 7.

Email Courtney Lewis: clewis@pressrepublican.com

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