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Section VII soccer season coming down to six championship games

— The third-seeded Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions scored an 8-0 win against the Wells Indians in the opening round of the Section VII/Class D boys soccer tournament, setting up the third meeting of the season between them and second-seeded Chazy Eagles, who beat their namesakes from Westport by an 11-0 score.

For the Lions, Hunter Mowery scored two goals and directed a third toward net on an indirect kick that resulted in a Wells own goal, along with assisting on two spectacular goals scored by Connor Apthorp.

“The first one, I was just trying to get a foot on it,” Apthorp said. “On the second one, I was at the right place at the right time. Our teams prepared well for this game and we came out to win and did just that.”

“We came out excited and ready to go,” Lions head coach Paul Buehler said. “They didn’t take this game lightly and we executed well.”

Brody Hooper, Tyler White and Patrick Philips also scored for the Lions.

For Chazy, Josh Barriere, Brandon Laurin, Nolan Rogers and Hunter Dominy all scored two goals in the 11-0 victory over Westport, giving the defending state champions a 32-0 edge in goals over three contests.

In the top half of the bracket, the Willsboro Warriors will not be playing Division III champion Schroon Lake, as they were ousted by the fifth-seeded Minerva/Newcomb by a 4-3 score.

Class D girls

The Westport varsity girls soccer team had home-field advantage for the second time against Keene, and were able to score a win in a penalty kick shootout in the opening round of the Section VII/Class D tournament Oct. 27.

The third-seeded Eagles (11-2-0) scored in the first minute of the game, as Delany Sears tallied her ninth goal of the season on the first assist of the season for Emily Rascoe.

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