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  • BOYS' SOCCER: Chazy's 'luckiest goal' ends season for Tornadoes

  • NOVEMBER 17 BOYS' SOCCER



    Mitch Jones had the ball.



    And then the Poland goalkeeper lost it, and it was in the net and the Chazy Eagles defeated the Tornadoes 1-0 in a Class D state semifinal match Saturday at Twin Towers Middle School in Middletown.

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  • CHAZY 1, POLAND 0
    Mitch Jones had the ball.
    And then the Poland goalkeeper lost it, and it was in the net and the Chazy Eagles defeated the Tornadoes 1-0 in a Class D state semifinal match Saturday at Twin Towers Middle School in Middletown.
    “I grabbed it and it slipped out of my hands, hit the ground and it was in the back of the goal,” Jones said. “I don’t even know what I was thinking.”
    Nearly 12 minutes into the second half of a scoreless game, Jones caught a shot off a direct kick from Brandon Laurin,  Chazy’s leading scorer. Laurin lined up for the kick from about 20 yards out and fired a shot that took Jones to his right.
    Jones, who had 21 saves on 25 Chazy shots, caught the ball for the save but dropped it as he pulled it toward his body and it ended up in the corner of the goal.
    A tripping call set up the direct kick for Laurin, a senior forward with with 46 goals and 10 assists.
    “The luckiest goal all year,” Laurin said. “My biggest, the happiest and the luckiest.”
    State-ranked No. 1 and undefeated Chazy (20-0-1) advances to the Class D final at 12:30 p.m. Sunday against Section II champion Fort Ann. Chazy lost to Hamilton Central in the final last year after Fort Ann was beaten by the Emerald Knights in the semifinals the day before.
    There was no luck involved with the game Chazy played leading up to Laurin’s “lucky” strike. The Eagles, who will be playing for their sixth state championship, were the better team — faster, stronger and more skilled from the start of the match.
    Chazy sustained almost constant pressure on Poland in the first half, and it was because of Jones and the Tornadoes defenders that the game remained scoreless at halftime.
    Poland coach Greg Haver said he and his team were well aware of Chazy’s skill — Haver compared them to Immaculate Heart of Watertown, the team Poland defeated in a sectional semifinal — but what stood out in Chazy’s package of talent was the team’s feet.
    “They were skilled obviously,” Haver said. “They were winning the ball and they were quicker. They don’t give you any time on the ball.”

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