The Chazy Eagles boys varsity soccer team celebrates their Class D state championship, its sixth since 2004.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
Middletown After the final horn to the 2012 Class D soccer season sounded, David Poitras proclaimed that the mission was accomplished.
“We knew that we had to come here for one thing, to get our trophy back.”
The Chazy Eagles varsity boys soccer team did just that, scoring a 4-0 victory over the Fort Ann Cardinals of Section II for their sixth New York State Public High School Athletic Association title since 2004.
“We came in with one goal and that was to get back to this field and win on Sunday,” head coach Rob McAuliffe said. “I am very proud of these boys for doing that.”
“This game was everything that I have ever wanted to play for,” sophomore Josh Barriere, who scored three goals and was named the tournament MVP, said. “It meant everything to win for me, my teammates and our fans.”
Barriere scored the second, third and fourth goals of the game. In the 29th minute, he collected the rebound off a shot generated by a Craig Botten direct kick for a 2-0 lead.
“We were so physical in the air and we practice those all of the time and we know that we can get physical and finish,” Botten said.
Barriere struck again in the 54th minute, after David Poitras had carried the ball deep into Fort Ann’s zone. Poitras was dispossessed of the ball, which bounced back to Barriere, who fired a shot that bounced off of the crossbar and behind the goal line.
“I was just trying to get in as close as I could to the net and get past as many defenders as I could,” Poitras said. “When the ball went behind me and I saw Josh was stepping up, I just wanted to get down and give him and open shot.”