Warriors fall to Chazy in OT thriller

WILLSBORO - The defending MVAC girls soccer champions had the first and last word in Willsboro Sept. 17, but the home team made them work for it.

Megan Jaquish's goal with eight seconds remaining in regulation erased a one-goal lead Chazy had held since early in the first half, but the Eagles would avoid the tie with a crafty goal in second overtime for the 2-1 win over Willsboro.

"I'm pleased with our effort, but obviously not with the outcome," said Willsboro assistant coach Ralph Marcotte.

Chazy got things going early with a goal by Victoria Reynolds, who scored from point blank range after a pass from Kirsten Doran squirted loose near the net.

Led by Reynolds and junior midfielder Astrid Kempainen, the Eagles continued to put pressure on Willsboro's defense.

"[Kempainen] had a good game for them helping to control the ball in the midfield," said Marcotte. "We had a hard time matching up."

With time winding down, Warriors forward Courtney Blanchard was able to squeak past three Chazy defenders for a breakaway shot. The save was deflected and Jaquish fired it in from just five yards out.

"I was pleased with our defense," said Marcotte. "Especially our halfbacks holding them to just one goal in regulation."

Willsboro continued to fend off Chazy's attack until midway through the second overtime when Caitlyn LaPier fired an arching cross toward the net from the right wing. Sandra Olds jumped from behind a Willsboro defender and headed the ball into the top right corner.

The Eagles outshot Willsboro 23-5, but Warriors goalie Stevie Burrows collected 14 saves. Katherine Tooke had three for Chazy.

"Stevie Burrows had an excellent game," said Marcotte. "Neither goal was anything she could have gotten a hand on."

Chazy maintained their undefeated season with the win. Willsboro's first loss dropped them to 2-1 in league play.

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