PLATTSBURGH — Beekmantown’s Skye Dominy isn’t normally thought of as an offensive threat.
But the senior played like one Thursday.
With his team clinging to a one-goal lead, Dominy’s bicycle-kick goal jump-started a scoring barrage.
The No. 14-ranked Eagles (15-2) struck three times inside the first five minutes and 16 seconds of the second half and pulled away to defeat Northeastern Clinton 5-2 in the Section VII Class B boys’ soccer championship.
With the win, Beekmantown will face No. 18 Ogdensburg Free Academy in an NYSPHSAA regional semifinal at Potsdam Central School at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
“We’ve had a couple games where the kids, I don’t know, they get one and then all of a sudden boom, boom, boom,” Eagles coach Ryan Loucy said. “They really feed off of positive energy. So if things start going well, it snowballs well for us.
“I think that was just one of those instances (Thursday).”
With 1:25 elapsed, Dominy opened second-half scoring by receiving a cross from Kaden Baugh and planting the shot past Cougars (11-5) goalkeeper Brady Vassar.
“When we score, we get a chance to relax and play more team defense,” Dominy said.
Ryan Waterbury and Kyle Constanty continued the offensive assault with back-to-back goals at 3:45 and 5:16, respectively.
“We were just working harder than them, I guess,” Waterbury said. “We were pumped up coming out for the second half; 1-0 wasn’t good enough.”
Loucy felt the Eagles played well in the first half by possessing the ball but wanted to get Northeastern Clinton chasing a little bit more.
“We know they’re very aggressive, and we tried to do everything we could by possessing and not allowing them to get into their style of play,” Loucy said. “I just think that we’re very persistent.
“I think we wore them down, and that’s what allowed us to get a couple goals.”
Alex Price got on the score sheet at the 17:13 mark, blasting a 23-yard shot top-shelf to give Beekmantown a 5-0 lead.
But the Cougars came marching back.
Alex Gonyo gave the Eagles a scare with two consecutive tallies in the middle of the stanza on assists from Brendan Boutin and Michael McLeod.
“Unfortunately, I think what happened towards the end of the game is … when they came back at us, I just don’t think our defense was quite ready,” Loucy said. “But otherwise, I thought (goalkeeper Colden Mrak) played a very good game.”
On several occasions, Mrak was forced to play aggressive, charging out of the 6-yard box to disrupt odd-man rush opportunities.
Mrak accumulated four saves in the three-goal win.
“He made a couple big saves,” Loucy said. “He had one in the first half or two in the first half down at that end, and he had a couple big saves here on corner kicks, too.”
Beekmantown led shots in the match 12-6 and held the advantage in corners 4-2.
Vassar, Mrak’s counterpart, recorded six saves between the pipes.
The Eagles, who were snakebitten in a 2-0 loss to Ichabod Crane of Section II in a NYSPHSAA Class B regional semifinal last year, are eager for a second crack at the state playoffs.
“We set our goal to go further than we did last year,” Loucy said. “Obviously, you have to win sectionals first, so (Thursday) was really big for us to try and go further than what we did last year.
“We’ve got our game on Wednesday, and we’ll see if we can do that.”
Beekmantown 5, Northeastern Clinton 2
Northeastern Clinton 0 2 — 2
Beekmantown 1 4 — 5
First half- 1, BCS, Baugh (Waterbury), 11:39.
Second half- 2, BCS, Dominy (Baugh), 1:25. 3, BCS, Waterbury (Bacon), 3:45. 4, BCS, Constanty (Dominy), 5:16. 5, BCS, Price (Bacon), 17:13. 6, NCCS, Gonyo (Boutin), 20:43. 7, NCCS, Gonyo (McLeod), 22:27.
Shots: Beekmantown 12, Northeastern Clinton 6.
Saves: Vassar, NCCS, 6. Mrak, BCS, 4.
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