Chazy boys continue Class D dominance

KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTO

Chazy's Heath Lucas (10) looks to keep possession and reach an open part of the field before Schroon Lake's Andrew Pelkey crashes down on defense during the Section VII Class D boys soccer championship Saturday in Beekmantown.

BEEKMANTOWN — The Chazy boys won their 16th Section VII Class D soccer title in the past 18 seasons Saturday.

Riley Hansen notched a hat trick, Tanner Conners scored once and Gabe Huchro recorded a three-save shutout in the No. 1 Eagles' (18-0-1) 4-0 defeat of second-seeded Schroon Lake (15-3-0).

Chazy advanced to play either Harrisville or Lisbon of Section X in a NYSPHSAA regional at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Beekmantown.

"There are a few little things that we need to work on," McAuliffe said. "At the end of the day, we are very proud of what we accomplished this whole season.

"The goal in Chazy, though, is always going to be the same thing. We want to win a state championship. That's our goal, and we are clicking well at the right time to hopefully make that happen."

The Eagles got on the board early when Hansen found the back of the net with only 4:31 elapsed.

Chazy went against a strong wind in the first half, making it difficult to generate many scoring chances, but once the second half began, the wind was in the Eagles' favor.

"The wind was a factor," Hansen said. "When we were going against the wind, it was almost impossible to strike a ball hard on goal. In the second half with the wind behind us, that's really what separated these two teams."

The Wildcats were within striking distance for the entire first half and nearly half of the second 40 minutes, but Chazy found a way to create separation.

Hansen buried his second goal of the game with 26:47 left in regulation, and Conners, thanks to a beautifully designed set piece, made it 3-0 roughly eight minutes later.

Hansen rounded out the Eagles' scoring attack just inside the final six minutes of play.

"Riley is the same kid who scored two goals in the state championship game last year," McAuliffe said. "When the game gets big, Riley is just one of those players that starts to play better. This game was no different.

"He was a force up there for us. He has been all year. Right now, he is playing the best soccer he has ever played."

Luke Moser registered a team-high two assists for Chazy, while Heath Lucas and Hansen both had one helper.

The Eagles finished with a commanding 14-4 shot advantage.

Schroon Lake keeper Zeke Koenig totaled seven stops, constantly being pressured throughout the match.

"To have the lead at halftime with the wind at our backs in the second half, we knew we would probably have some chances," McAuliffe said.

"Schroon Lake was in the game. They were a quality team. They should be very proud of how they played."

Chazy 4, Schroon Lake 0

Schroon Lake      0      0      —      0

Chazy      1      3      —      4

First half- 1, CCRS, Hansen (Moser), 35:29.

Second half- 2, CCRS, Hansen (Lucas), 26:47. 3, CCRS, Conners (Hansen), 18:31. 4, CCRS, Hansen (Moser), 5:44.

Shots- Chazy 14, Schroon Lake 4

Saves- Koenig, SL, 7. Huchro, CCRS, 2.

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Joey LaFranca is the sports editor at the Press-Republican. He is also a paginator and photographer. He graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2017 with bachelor's degrees in multimedia journalism and newspaper journalism.

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