MIDDLETOWN — The Chazy boys’ soccer team found a way to reach down for a little extra Saturday.
Dylan Garrow’s goal 6:33 into the second overtime gave the Eagles an improbable 2-1 victory over Fort Ann in the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinals at Middletown High School.
Chazy, gunning for its seventh Class D state championship, will play Jasper-Troupsburg in today’s 1 p.m. title contest.
“I knew Fort Ann was a great team and that it was going to be a battle,” Chazy coach Rob McAuliffe said. “It was a battle.
“I’m very proud of our team. This isn’t the most talented team we’ve had at Chazy. But I know they will come and play hard every game and that’s why we won (Saturday).”
The Section VII and defending state champion Eagles, who are short on depth this season to start with, had more than Fort Ann to overcome with standout Chazy players cramping up and having to spend time on the bench.
The Section II champions (19-2) appeared to have the momentum going into overtime and had some quality chances.
But that all changed in the second extra 15-minute stanza.
The Eagles’ Zach Brothers sent in a lofting shot that bounced off the post.
Moments later, Garrow, who had gone into the game as a substitute, found himself at the right place at the right time.
“Coach put me in the game and I wanted to give 110 percent,” he said.
“Gage Ducatte sent a good serve in front of the net and it went off their defender right to me. My only thought was to bury it. I was in the right spot at the right time.”
“We just kept defending and hoped to get that one goal that would win it for us,” McAuliffle said.
“Our goalie Trent Blais kept us in it when Fort Ann was taking it to us, and our back four of Dylan Doran, Alec LaPierre, Spencer Rogers and Keagan O’Connor played very well.”
The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead on Nick Lehoisky’s goal with just 3:54 gone in the first half. The ball was sent in front from the end line into a crowd and Lehoisky headed it into the net.
It remained 1-0 until 15:05 of the second half when the Eagles (17-1-3) drew even. Doran sent in a free kick from 50 yards out that LaPierre ran onto and headed into the net.
LaPierre’s goal opened things up and both teams competed hard the rest of the way, with scoring chances going back and forth.
“We just had to keep battling after we fell behind early,” Garrow said. “It was a battle both physically and emotionally for both teams. Both teams played phenomenal.”
The Eagles finished with a 12-9 advantage in shots. Blais made seven saves, including a diving stop with 8:41 left in the first overtime. Jonah Gould recorded six stops for Fort Ann.
Chazy will tangle with Jasper-Troupsburg for the D championship.
The Section V champions also had to work hard Saturday, defeating Section III winner Watertown-Immaculate Heart Central, 5-4, in penalty kicks after regulation and overtime ended with the two teams tied at 1-all.
“It’s going to be another tough game for us,” McAuliffe said. “But, win or lose, I know our team is going to play hard. They’re a special team.”
Chazy 2. Fort Ann 1 (OT)
Fort Ann 1 0 0 0 — 1
Chazy 0 1 0 1 —2
First half- 1, FA, Leboisky, 3:54.
Second half- 2, C, LaPierre (Dolan), 15:05.
Second overtime- 3, C, Garrow (Ducatte), 6:33.
Shots: Chazy 12, Fort Ann 9.
Saves: Blais, C, 7. Gould, FA, 6.