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Eagles squeak past Willsboro

WILLSBORO - Chazy maintained their undefeated season with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Warriors in MVAC boys soccer Oct. 2.

The Eagles got off to a shaky start, managing just one shot to Willsboro's three in the first half. Strong play from Clay Sherman and Tyler Pierce kept most of the pressure on the Chazy defense.

"The first half, Willsboro outplayed us," said Eagles head coach Rob McAuliffe. "The second half we finally started connecting on some passes and playing the way we should."

Midfielders Shea Howley and Kaleb Snide proved themselves for Chazy in the second half, controlling possession well and preventing Willsboro attacks from developing.

With just five minutes gone after intermission, Howley heaved a long throw-in from the left corner that found its way through a crowd, and landed in the goal box where Jordan Barriere came crashing and easily one-touched it in.

Play throughout the game was quite physical with several stoppages for direct and indirect kicks.

"A game like this makes it hard for any team to gain any sort of momentum," McAuliffe said.

The Warriors continued to hold their ground, but were only able to manage one shot in the second half. Neither goalie was credited with any saves.

"Anytime you come to Willsboro, it's a difficult game," said McAuliffe. "This was a great team to get a win against."

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