CHAZY — The Chazy boys’ soccer team sent a message to rival Class D schools over the weekend.
The hosts defeated Class B schools on back-to-back nights, including holding on for a 2-1 victory over a very good Beekmantown team Saturday night, to capture the title in the annual Frankie Garrow Tournament held at George Brendler Field.
“Obviously, we have areas we need to improve on,” Chazy coach Rob McAuliffe said. “But we were able to beat two quality teams, and we use this tournament to prepare us for the season.
“Beekmantown is a great team and they outplayed us in many points of the game. But I’m extremely proud of the effort we gave defensively. And we finished on the chances we had.”
Chazy got on the board quickly when Derek Drake got the ball in close from Zach Brothers and scored with a shot just under the crossbar at 3:44.
The rest of the first half was played on fairly even terms, but Beekmantown began to hold a decisive edge in territorial play in the second half.
It was Chazy, however, that got the next goal when Gage Duquette sent a shot into the corner of the net at 18:19 for his first varsity goal, with Thomas Thibault assisting.
Beekmantown, however, came right back when Ben Frederick crossed the ball in front to Ian Pummell, who cut his team’s deficit in half at 20:53.
Beekmantown continued to apply pressure but Chazy’s defense held tough, including a great save on a close-range shot by goalkeeper Trent Blais with just over 17 minutes remaining in regulation.
“Austin Gravelle, who played the first half, and Blais, who played the second half, both came up with some big stops for us,” McAuliffe said.
“In the second half, Beekmantown dominated us at times. But we were able to remain organized.”
Beekmantown finished with a 16-10 advantage in shots on goal. Gravelle and Blais combined for nine stops, while Matt LaClair turned away eight shots for Beekmantown.
“Obviously, we feel good with where we’re at to start the season,” McAuliffe said.
Chazy 2, Beekmantown 1
Beekmantown 0 1 — 1
Chazy 1 1 — 2
First half- 1, C, Drake (Brothers), 3:44.
Second half- 2, C, Duquette (Thibault), 18:19. 3, Beek, Pummell (Frederick), 20:53.
Shots: Beekmantown 16, Chazy 10.
Saves: LaClair, Beek, 8. Gravelle, Blais, C, 9.