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Chazy seniors Hayden Guay (from left), Alec LaPierre and Dylan Doran are expected to be big contributors on the boy's soccer team this season. The Eagles wont he Class D state title last year and will look for another strong season despite losing 13 players. (P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)

Cougars, Eagles and Mountaineers seek to repeat as divisional champs

Editors Note: The Press-Republican did not receive information from Crown Point, Wells, Indian Lake/Long Lake or Schroon Lake in time for the preview.

It figures to be another interesting boys’ soccer season with 21 teams competing in three divisions in the Northern Soccer League.


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Defending division champions include Northeastern Clinton in Division I, Chazy in Division II and Minerva/Newcomb in Division III. All three will need to overcome the loss of some key players to graduation in their bid to repeat.

Returning sectional champions include Northeastern Clinton in Class B, Lake Placid in Class C and Chazy in Class D.

Chazy would later add yet another state championship.

DIVISION I

AUSABLE VALLEY

The Patriots will need to get a lot out of returners Austin Facteau, Elias Smith, Riley Taylor, Prescott Doyle, Nate Devins and Alex Knapp in order to compete.

The returning players have good experience and skill.

AuSable Valley’s new players are young and inexperienced, however. Varsity newcomers Zach Cosgrove and Ian Rennie will be counted on to fill huge roles for the squad.

The Patriots will also need to continue to develop their attack as that is an area the team has struggled with.

Players lost

Nate Casey, Eli Blaise, Austin Depo, Tanner LaVallee, Jacob Montefusco, Alexander Conner, John Ladieu, Mark Chauvin, John Goodnough, Conner Kennedy, Josh Taylor.

Players returning

Austin Facteau, Riley Taylor, Prescott Doyle, Alex Knapp, Nate Devins, Ian Rennie, Elias Smith.

Newcomers

Zach Cosgrove, Elijah Bushey, Payson Baer, Chris Hickey, Austin Butler, Jimmy Provost, Zach Kelly, Kyle Hart, Harrison Blaise, Chase Davis.

BEEKMANTOWN

The Eagles, 10-4-2 a season ago, lost 10 players to graduation.

Nine players, however, return and will be joined by nine varsity newcomers as Beekmantown will use its talent and depth to make a run at the Division I title.

Matt LaClair returns in goal, while Ryan Waterbury, Nick Danussi, Skye Dominy, Ryan Munson, Dustin Plumadore, Alex Price, Alex Proper and Ian Pummell are also back to give the Eagles experience and skill.

Players lost

Zach Brockway, Austin Burl, Brenden Carnright, Kayleb Costin, Adam Goldfarb, Casey LeClair, Josh Perkins, Austin Proper, Pawandeep Singh, Dan Villa.

Players returning

Nick Danussi, Skye Dominy, Matt LaClair, Ryan Munson, Dustin Plumadore, Alex Price, Alex Proper, Ian Pummell, Ryan Waterbury.

Newcomers

Eathan Bacon, Zach Bingel, Kyle Constanty, Kolin Costin, Ben Frederick, Nick Hebert, Colden Mrak, Callum Sullivan, Jake Wyand.

NORTHEASTERN CLINTON

The defending Division I and Section VII Class B champions were hit as hard as anyone to graduation, losing 13 players.

This year’s team is young, with just four returning starters in Austin Tetreault, Ryan Marks, Garrett Begore and Rodney Grimshaw.

Brent Stein, Calan Deuso and Matt Lafave also are back and are projected to start, along with newcomers Brendan Boutin, Chase Sample, Nick Leduc, Theo Sisson and goalkeeper Brady Vassar.

The Cougars will be bolstered by a group of players who were successful on the junior varsity level last year. They will have to play hard and learn the system quickly for Northeastern Clinton to have a great season.

Players lost

Thomas Bedard, McKenna Hunter, Avery Trombley, Marcus Lefebvre, Jordan LaPier, Dustin Poupore, Alex Lamberton, Pat Parent, Zach Guay, Kyle McCarthy, Tyler Bosley, Josh Rabideau, Colby Provost.

Players returning

Austin Tetreault, Ryan Marks, Brent Stein, Austin Gonyo, Garrett Begore, Mason Letourneau, Calan Deuso, Rodney Grimshaw, Matt Lafave.

Newcomers

Brendan Boutin, Jordan Birlotti, Jacob Brown, Massimo Birch, Chase Sample, Jacob Lafountain, Nick Leduc, Jake MacDougal, Theo Sisson, Ryan Parent, Ryley Cushing, Cole Pinnsoneault, Brady Vassar.

PERU

The Indians (11-4-1) bring back 12 players in all and will be taking aim at the Division I crown with a strong skill and experience.

Peru did lose some talent to graduation but brings back seven starters in senior forward Jacob Dick, junior defender Darick Gonyea, junior midfielder Andrew Kneussle, senior goalie Guy Loveless, junior defender Isaac Nixon, junior midfielder Jonathan Plessis-Belair and senior forward Ian Spear.

Junior defender Dylon Bridges, junior forward Peter Daly and junior midfielder Ryan Lawrence are returning players who are expected to start this season, while freshman forward Jessy Dick is a varsity newcomer projected to start.

Players lost

Bradley Baker, Michael Danis, Colin Lamica, Ryan McCall, William Thew, Russell LaFave, Justin Wiley.

Players returning

Brandyn Boisseau, Dylon Bridges, Peter Daly, Jacob Dick, Darick Gonyea, Zachary Hamilton, Andrew Kneussle, Ryan Lawrence, Guy Loveless, Isaac Nixon, Jonathan Plessis-Belair, Ian Spear.

Newcomers

Kody Arnold, Dylan Baker, Alex Beaudette, Ethan Brown, Jessy Dick, Michael Dupre, Justin LaPorte, Michael Mills, Matthew Polhemus, Thomas Matthews, Kainan Provost, Connor Turgeon.

PLATTSBURGH

The Hornets (4-11-2) had a rare down year a season ago and will be looking to bounce back and give the division favorites a run for their money.

Ball control and possession are expected to be team strengths, while improving on team speed and the ability to finish are concerns.

Plattsburgh brings back five starters in John Fine-Lease, Jacob Bushey, Jack Tolosky, Dan Mihal, Brady Channell and Yanis Yahiaoui.

Spencer Hall also returns and will start this season. Among the varsity newcomers needed to make an impact are Garrett Frady, J.D. Side, Liam Chaskey, Josh Ferris, Ryan Whalen and Mike Stetz.

Players lost

Chris Gray, Nick Dodd, Dan Patrie, Brooks Kelley, Mohammed Eltahir, Robby Knowles, Nate Emery.

Returning players

Spencer Hall, John Fine-Lease, Jacob Bushey, Jack Tolosky, Dan Mihal, Brady Channell, Yanis Yahiaoui, Matt Bracy.

Newcomers

Garrett Frady, Colin Giroux, J.D. Side, Liam Chaskey, Taoufik Maknani, Josh Ferris, Ryan Whalen, Gerritt Rietsema, Mike Stetz.

SARANAC

The Chiefs, despite the return of just two starters, will use a balance of size and speed while being eager to prove themselves.

Austin Myers and Aaron Cross are the lone starters back on a young team that has been working hard to earn starting spots.

Myers, Cross, Jesse Thew, Caleb Keysor and Codie Gillette, along with goaltender Jarrett Wright, are players to watch.

Players lost

Nic Lee, Durgan Zappala, Matt Boyea, Connor Christopherson, Kyle Erickson, Andrew Tedford, Mike Conway, Nic Finizio, Ryan Wood.

Roster

Nate Mather, Cody Plumadore, Kellen Louis, Chris Fall, Aaron Cross, Caleb Keysor, Austin Myers, Codie Gillette, Jarrett Wright, Elijah Bolivar. Schuyler Gratto, James Black, Alex Zurlo, Brian Menia, Jesse Thew, Isiah Deserault, Mitchell Fink.

SARANAC LAKE

Size, experience, physical strength and speed are all expected to be assets for the Red Storm.

Passing and better understanding of the game could always be better.

Oliver Holmes will need to have a great year in net, while Devin Cowan will be counted on to score goals and create opportunities.

Saranac Lake also needs solid midfield play from Blake Battistoni, Bradley Shumway and David Cluckey, while Aaron Noel and Logan Wood are expected to make key plays on defense.

Players lost

Blake Gregory, Quinn Urquhart, Nick Bayruns, Joey Monaco, Sean Orman, Alex Beaudoin.

Players returning

Kevin Duguay, Jeffrey Stevens, Bradley Shumway, David Cluckey, Aaron Noel, Devin Cowan, Eli Quinn, Logan Wood, Blake Battistoni, Oliver Holmes, Andrew Paschke, Jacob Heverly, Shawn Snyder.

Newcomers

Eli Hameline, Matthew Adams, Jeremy Barge, Jetsada Jampaburi, Chandler Gach.

DIVISION II

CHAZY

The goal remains the same for the Eagles (21-0-1) — win a state championship.

Gone are 13 players from last year’s Class D state title team, and there’s not as much depth on the squad to begin this year.

But fresh off beating two Class B schools in the Frankie Garrow Tournament, Chazy is again a force to be reckoned with.

Junior forward Derek Drake, junior midfielder Josh Barriere, senior forward Hayden Guay and senior goaltender Trent Blais give the Eagles four returning starters.

But junior midfielder Zach Brothers, senior defender Dylan Doran, senior midfielder Alex Rabideau and senior defender Alec LaPierre all return with experience.

Among the varsity newcomers expected to make an immediate impact are sophomore defender Spencer Rogers, sophomore midfielder Tyler Hicks, junior defender Keagan O’Connor and sophomore goaltender Austin Gravelle.

Players lost

David Poitras, Justin Roy, Nolan Rogers, Nelson Pelton, Craig Botten, Kyle Bisonette, Nathan Reynolds, Justin Brothers, Brett Giroux, Cole Chaskey, Jacob Kennedy, Brandon Laurin, Richard Pilon.

Players returning

Derek Drake, Zach Brothers, Brendan Ryan, Josh Barriere, Dylan Doran, Thomas Thibault, Alex Rabideau, Hayden Guay, Dylan Garrow, Alec LaPierre, Trent Blais.

Newcomers

Tyler Hicks, Spencer Rogers, Alex Duprey, Gage Ducatte, Kyle Drake, Adam Knight, Keagan O’Connor, Sam Christansen-Provost, Austin Gravelle.

ELIZABETHTOWN-LEWIS

The Lions (10-4-2) will once again take aim at rival Chazy, along with the other top threats in Division II.

Skill, speed and continuing to gel as a team are strengths. The key is to develop role players off the bench that can contribute as nonstarters.

Seniors Justin Lapier, Austin Morris and Geeg Dedam, juniors Will Tomkins, Isaiah Turner, Zac Noka-Bailey and Wesley Whalen, sophomore Trevor Brooks and freshman Joel Morris all return as starters, giving the Lions 10 in all.

Senior Hugh Harwood and junior Caleb Denton also return as varsity players and are projected to start.

Players lost

Charlie Huttig, Brody Hooper, Hunter Farrell, Cody Gowdy, Connor Marvin, Dominic DeMuro.

Players returning

Justin Lapier, Austin Morris, Joel Morris, Will Tomkins, Isaiah Turner, Zac Noka-Bailey, Trevor Brooks, Wesley Whalen, Geeg Dedam, Hugh Harwood, Caleb Denton, Cortland White, Owen Denton, Noah Farrell.

Newcomers

Logan Phinney, Koby Rider, Colden Blades, Jamie Decker, Damien Gay, Sam Huttig, Parker LeClair.

LAKE PLACID

The Blue Bombers lost half their roster off last year’s Section VII Class C championship team.

But there is talent returning on what will be a young and enthusiastic team.

Senior goaltender Chris Kordziel, senior midfielder Andrew Meister, junior forward Nzoni Thompson and senior midfielder Shane McNierney are the experienced returning starters for Lake Placid.

The Blue Bombers will also be counting on varsity newcomers to help out, including junior midfielders Pat Kane and Alex Brandes. Other newcomers looking to make their contribution are junior defender Conor Garrett, sophomore defender Connor Preston, junior forward Ryan Damp, freshman midfielder Stuart Baird and junior defender Lucas Strack.

Players lost

Billy Bellows, Keegan Barney, Ryan Meyer, Tyler Willis, Eddie Kane, Dylan Aldridge, Hunter Wilson, Haile Thompson, Cody Porter, R.J. Reid, Kyle Shipman.

Players returning

Chris Kordziel, Nik Kobe, Trevor Knapp, Andrew Meister, Nzoni Thompson, Shane McNierney, Colin Briggs, Casey Dinicola, Garrett Woodruff.

Newcomers

Conor Garrett, James Reid, Connor Preston, Pat Kane, Ryan Damp, Stuard Baird, Alex Brandes, Miles Lussi, Carlton Craig, Lucas Strack, Chris Williams, Keifer Casler, Tucker Angolopolous.

NORTHERN ADIRONDACK

The Bobcats will need to be on the same page as a team in order to contend with the top threats in the division.

Northern Adirondack will battle varsity inexperience, as of the 17 players on the roster, only seven return from a season ago.

The Bobcats are getting good leadership in the early going and captains Dylan LaBarge, a senior midfielder/back, and Ryan Manion, a senior forward, will lead the way.

Scott Kellett, Alden Kerr, Collin LaBombard, Brady Smart and Darien Velasquez round out the list of returning players.

Players lost

Dan Burger, Hunter Favreau, Nolan Fergusson, Colby Garrand, Justin Kellett, Evan Nichols, Jared Nichols, Ryan Paiser.

Returning players

Scott Kellett, Alden Kerr, Dylan LaBarge, Collin LaBombard, Ryan Manion, Brady Smart, Darien Velasquez.

Newcomers

Dustin Dominic, Cameron Gero, Dan Hoff, Josh Juntunen, Ethan King, Bryce Labarge, Cory LaFountain, Michael Martinez, Dylan Miller, Leon Riley, Koty Smith.

SETON CATHOLIC

The veteran Knights figure to be in the thick of the Division II race with the return of 11 starters from a year ago.

Seton Catholic will be led by senior forward Adam Tedford, a three-time All-Star, junior midfielder Kaden Baugh, a returning All-star, and senior goaltender Keagen Briggs.

The Knights are heavy in seniors, with Briggs, Tedford, Tom Deon, Nicholas Favreau, Chris Kustos, David Lafountain, Patrick Maddix, James Mulligan and Cody Quantock.

Baugh, Keegan Frenya and Noah Osborne are the only juniors on a team that has not added anybody to the roster.

Lack of numbers is a major concern, and the Seton Catholic players need to stay healthy. Finding help for Tedford on the offensive end is key to the team’s success.

Players lost

Joey Lafranca, Vinh Phuc Bui, Noah Gagnier.

Players returning

Kaden Baugh, Keagen Briggs, Tom Deon, Nicholas Favreau, Keegan Frenya, Chris Kustos, David Lafountain, Patrick Maddix, James Mulligan, Noah Osborne, Cody Quantock, Adam Tedford.

Newcomers

None.

WESTPORT

The Eagles, who will be looking for better results this year, will be counting on six seniors to provide leadership.

They include Ryan Davis, John Doyle, Jesse Misarski, James Moricette, Lloyd Staats and Tyrel Tryon.

Three sophomores — goalkeeper Sam Napper, Thomas Mero and Anderson Gay — are back as starters, while returner Matt Sherman and freshman varsity newcomer Wyatt Gough will start this season.

And while there are seven seniors in all on the roster, the concern is having the roster made up of underclassmen.

Players lost

Jack Newberry, Gabe Schrauf.

Players returning

Ryan Davis, John Doyle, Jesse Misarski, James Moricette, Lloyd Staats, Tyrel Tryon, Matt Sherman, Sam Napper, Thomas Mero, Anderson Gay.

Newcomers

Chris Clark, Connor Martin, Wyatt Gough, Sam Staats, Schylar Kurth.

WILLSBORO

Strong midfield play and leadership from returning starters Nick Arnold and Seth Swires will be key for the Warriors.

The eight players returning gained a lot of experience last season. But Willsboro needs to improve both offensively and defensively. The Warriors gave up two goals for every one the team scored, and Willsboro averaged just 1.2 goals a game.

Willsboro is also low in numbers, and staying healthy is a must.

Forward Zach Pierson, midfielder Nolan Murphy, defender Jarrid McVicker and defender Jake Hubbard join Arnold and Swires as returning starters.

Returner Lucas Cross will start in goal. Chase Pierce, Nate Yeager and Cole Pierce are varsity newcomers who will be counted on.

Players lost

Tyler Bridge, Sam Politi, Dakoda Latford, Brandon Porter, Walker Lobdell.

Players returning

Nick Arnold, Seth Swires, Justin Mesec, Zach Pierson, Nolan Murphy, Lucas Cross, Jarrid McVicker, Jake Hubbard.

Newcomers

Paul Fine-Lease, Jesse Hearn, Conner Sheehan, Chase Pierce, Nate Yeager, Cole Pierce.

DIVISION III

JOHNSBURG

The Jaguars are expecting their four players with two years or more of varsity experience to be leaders and playmakers.

Senior midfielder Austin Washburn, junior midfielder Aidan Connelly, junior forward/midfielder Moses Mulvey, junior forward/midfielder Nate Prouty, sophomore defender/goalie Ty Berg and sophomore defender/goalie Mark Cleveland are the starters back this season.

With only one senior on the team, Johnsburg will need to overcome some varsity inexperience and the development of a new goaltender. Depth is also a concern with just 13 players on the roster.

Players lost

Ethan Cooper, Jon Ordway, Chet Prouty, Nick Porter, Zach Watson.

Players returning

Austin Washburn, Aidan Connelly, Patrick Harrison, Nathan Lucero, Jason Morehouse, Moses Mulvey, Nate Prouty, Ty Berg, Mark Cleveland, Aaron Conlon, Tyler Glover.

Newcomers

Patrick Kushi, Evan Riedinger, Aaron Conlon.

KEENE

A solid core of returning players, led by senior striker/midfielder Gabe Warner, junior keeper/midfielder Colton Venner, junior defender Harry Joanette and junior striker Brandon Dumas, will spearhead the Beavers.

Junior defender Warren Ashe and sophomore defender Justin Haverlick are also back as starters, while returning players who will start this year include junior midfielder J.T. Giglinto and sophomore defender Tim Montez.

Overcoming inexperience will be a concern since Keene, outside of its starters, will be very young.

Players lost

Jack VanWie, Eli Smith, Jeffery Bruha, Sam Balzac.

Returning players

Maxx Sturgis, Gabe Warner, Brandon Dumas, Harry Joanette, Colton Venner, Warren Ashe, J.T. Giglinto, Justin Haverlick, Caden Belise, Tim Montez.

Newcomers

Matthew Holmes, Dustin Hall, Ethan Giglinto, Josh Haverle, Rory Riggins, Miles Warner, Max Rossi, Pacharapol Boonrut, Seengyeol Ko, Zoran Karapetrovic.

MINERVA/NEWCOMB

Players to watch this season for the Mountaineers include junior forward/midfielder Mickey Johnson, freshman forward Kalab Helms, sophomore forward/midfielder Riley Mather, senior midfielder/defender Trevor Moulton, junior defender Dustin Saville and senior goalkeeper Alex Ruzbacki.

Sophomore Randy DeCook will also be counted on. Minerva/Newcomb will be focusing on its short passing game, ball control and skills in order to be successful.

The defending division champions, however, lost a large portion of their starting lineup from a season ago that lost to Chazy in the Section VII Class D finals.

Players lost

Austin Williams, Wesley LaBar, Lukas Marra, Bryton Chikikwa, Borja Bertomeu, Marco Silva, Justin Viele, Adam McCall, Tyler Clickner.

Roster

Trevor Moulton, Alex Ruzbacki, Aaron DeLoria, Jacob Galusha, Dahan Koraali, Jo-Ali Vtsi Sara, Stephen Viele, Andrew Sponable, Mickey Johnson, Richard Bennett, Dustin Saville, Dan Dunbar, Riley Mather, Mark Mitchell, Ryan Tucker, Randy DeCook, Kalab Helms.

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