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Chazy advances past Heuvelton


POTSDAM - Too much skill, too much vision, too much magical ball movement on the turf.

That is what undefeated and number one state-ranked Chazy displayed on Saturday as it methodically broke through and then broke away to a 7-0 victory over Heuvelton in a Class D regional championship boys soccer game staged at Potsdam Central School.

“Chazy is a very talented team. They show what you can do if you start playing soccer when you are little and really stick with it,” said Heuvelton Coach Dave Steele after the 13-4-2 Bulldogs completed the best season in school history.

“And I have to credit my guys, they all brought special talents to our team which had an historic season for our school. They were very excited today about trying to knock off the number one team in the state and we held them scoreless for 15 minutes which was a good effort.”

Despite generating a series of threatening crosses, the 19-0-1 Eagles of Section 7 were held scoreless for the first 15 minutes by the Bulldog backfield and a series of nice stops by goaltender Chris Power who went to record a superb 20-save outing.

Brendan Laurin broke the ice by scoring his 42nd goal of the season 25:49 before the half on a quick counter after goaltender Kyle Bissonette stopped a hard shot by Joe McDonnell which proved to be the only save of the day by two Chazy keepers.

Laurin ran onto a flick header from Josh Barriere and ballistically buried a 25-yard shot.

“Our guys were very excited about playing at this level and I think we played frantically at times early in the game. That first goal really settled us down,” said Chazy Coach Rob McAuliffe.

“After that we possessed the ball much better.”

The Eagles went on to open a 4-0 halftime lead and Laurin went on to deliver three goals and one assist as Chazy completed its itinerary for a trip to Middletown for the Final Four of the New York State Tournament.

Laurin netted the Eagles’ third goal with a whip header off a cross from David Poitras, took a throw-in from Barriere and scored off a dribble drive 51 seconds into the second half and used a long run to set up Barriere for a redirect right in front of the net.

The other Chazy markers saw Nathan Reynolds score unassisted with a close range header in a goalmouth scramble, Hayden Guay convert a sharp-angle chip shot off a diagonal pass from Justin Brothers and Craig Botten use a close range half volley to convert off a pass from Derrick Drake.

“We are playing very well right now. Everyone is talking and a lot of people are stepping up,” said Reynolds. “Our goal since day one was to win the state championship and now we are on our way to the Final Four.”

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