Chazy boys win second state championship

MIDDLETOWN - The Chazy varsity boys soccer team have now won the Class D state championships two years in a row. In a virtually scoreless game against Hamilton Central School in Middletown Nov. 21, the boys were finally able to claim the title in the second overtime.

"It was probably the most amazing game I've ever been a part of," said coach Rob McAuliffe. "There wasn't much separating us and Hamilton."

McAuliffe said the team knew the entire season they had a strong chance of winning the game.

"The beginning of the year we set very clear goals for us and I think anything less than winning yesterday would have been a disappointment," he said.

On the way home from Middletown, McAuliffe said the atmosphere on the bus was very exciting.

"It's always a great feeling to them to set a goal like that and to achieve it," he said. "It was an added plus that you're celebrating this knowing that the girls also won the state championship. It was more than just our team celebrating, it was the whole community."

The community did celebrate as hundreds turned out to the soccer field Sunday night to greet the soccer teams.

"It was a great feeling," McAuliffe said of seeing the gathering. "We have a wonderful community."

"It's not surprising that so many of them came out to celebrate the two victories with us," he added. "We have a very loyal fan base and just a wonderful supportive community and school. It was nice to be able to celebrate that with most of the people who traveled all the way down to Middletown and also the people who listened on the radio."

The school also hosted an assembly Nov. 22 to congratulate the teams, in which McAuliffe planned to thank the community for all they've done.

"That idea that it takes a village to raise a child and this year was no different," he said. "With all the support that we have from this community and the school, everyone can say they had a part of this."

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