Cortland Two goals to the bad in the 70th minute of play is not usually a position any soccer team wants to be in, especially when you are in the state semifinals.
However, the Chazy Lady Eagles were not going to let that stand in the way of their second straight New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D state title.
The Eagles stormed back against Remsen in the Nov. 19 semifinal match on goals by Christina Emery (70th, her second of the game) and Hannah Laurin with 50 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, winning 3-1 on penalty kicks; then scored a 1-0 win over Northville in the Nov. 20 final as Kirsten Doran connected on a penalty kick in the 78th minute to finish a successful defense of their 2010 championship.
“Remsen was the toughest game that we had by far,” head coach Karin Sherman Trombley said. “Once we beat them, we knew that we had a good chance of repeating.”
Trombley said that she felt the road to the 2011 title was tougher than 2010, especially with the pressure of being the defending state champion.
“Last year we played some great teams, but this year was more of a challenge,” Trombley said. “It’s tough to go back to back and defend a title.”
In the semifinals, the Eagles had to battle back against Remsen star Erin O’Connor, who scored the opening goal of the match in the fourth minute of the game. The Eagles responded in the 13th minute with the first goal of the game by Emery, which was unassisted, as the game remained tied at 1-1 for the rest of the opening 40 minutes.
In the 45th minute, O’Connor put Remsen back into the lead, then scoring an insurance goal in the 55th minute.