Chazy takes title over Willsboro in class D championship

PLATTSBURGH - Since 2002, the Chazy Central Rural School boys soccer team has taken home five Section VII Class D titles, this year was no exception.

After scoring the only goal of the game by Brandon Laurin, Chazy knew they had to work defensively during the second half.

"We knew that sometimes the elements are a factor and the wind was pretty strong going one way," said Chazy coach Rob McAuliffe. "We had to win in our favor the first half."

Despite the one goal lead, McAuliffe was concerned going into the second half.

"We generated quite a few chances in the first half and just didn't capitalize on them," he said.

McAuliffe also felt Willsboro could have easily been the winning team.

"Any time you can come here and beat a team that's as coached as well as Willsboro is, and have players like Lucas Strong and Justin Drinkwine in goal," he explained. "They're a great team."

Willsboro's coach Andrew Lee felt the same about Chazy.

"They always possess the ball well," Lee said. "They always go after it."

Despite the loss, Lee felt Clay Sherman, Justin Drinkwine, Dakota Sayward, Lucas Strong, Patrick Wells, and Alex Hamel all played an excellent game.

"They all play well up front," he said.

"We came out ready to go. We knew our game plan and we stuck with it."

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