“We tell the other players to take it all in because it is a great experience,” Botten said. “Our advantage is that we have been there before, and we tell the younger kids that they need to act like they have been there before, too.”
The Eagles will open their final four tournament at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, with a game against Section III’s Poland.
“They have a good soccer tradition,” McAuliffe said. “We have to go down there and take it one game at a time.”
Section VII boys soccer had two other chances to enter final four play but came up short. In Class C, the Lake Placid Blue Bombers gave up a lone goal in the 55th minute to drop a 1-0 decision to Hoosick Falls, who qualified for state play in four different sports, three by defeating Section VII foes (boys and girls soccer, football and field hockey).
In Class B, Ichabod Crane scored on a penalty kick in the fourth minute of play as they advanced to the state final four with a 3-0 win over Northeastern Clinton.