LAKE PLACID - For the entire first half and the early minutes of the second, the Lake Placid and Chazy girls soccer teams were deadlocked in a scoreless soccer match Wednesday.
That all changed when Eagles' senior goalkeeper and team captain Logan Baker was taken to the hospital with a head injury after a collision with Blue Bombers' forward Liza Marinis. It occurred with 5:20 gone in the second stanza, and when play resumed about a half hour later, a fired-up Chazy team went on to score three goals and claim a 3-0 victory over Lake Placid.
After watching her teammate and best friend being taken away in an ambulance, Amber Polomsky scored Chazy's first goal less than five minutes after the game was restarted. The Eagles tacked on two more goals during the final 10 minutes of the match to improve to 4-2 overall, while the Blue Bombers suffered their first loss and fell to 3-1-1.
Lake Placid’s Liza Marinis, left, and Bailey Pepper of Chazy battle for the ball in front of the Eagles’ net during the second half of Wednesday’s game.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
"I think that stoppage really hurt us," Lake Placid head coach Heather Brewer said. "It was a pretty even match until that point."
Polomsky scored off a transition play, as the Eagles gained possession of the ball near midfield and went on the attack. Streaking up the middle of the pitch, the senior defender collected a pass from Rachel Pombrio and ripped a shot past Lake Placid goalkeeper Emily Barney. Pombrio then gave the Eagles a 2-0 edge and put the game out of reach with 2:03 remaining on a high shot from her left wing position from about 20 yards out.
Skyler Thomas buried the last Chazy goal with 1:11 left on the clock when she one-timed a shot off a Cailee LaPorte corner kick that sailed over a leaping Barney.
"Our sweeper had come up to make a play and was out of position on their first goal," Brewer said. "They took advantage of the opening and went on a rush. I think on defense, we were positioned where we needed to be. We defended well, we just needed to finish on one or two chances and it could have been a different story."
Chazy coach Karin Sherman said Baker's injury, which turned out to be minor, inspired her players.
"We were a different team after that," said Sherman, who has a 95-7-2 record in her sixth season leading the team. "Sometimes, there's drama with the girls, but ultimately, we are a team. We are a close-knit Chazy soccer family, and when all is said and done, we stick together. I really like how the girls responded. Our goalie's best friend put the ball in the net."
The Eagles held a 14-8 edge in shots. In just her second game replacing injured starter Laura Stanton, Barney had a solid outing in nets and made eight saves for Lake Placid. Baker made six saves in goal for the Eagles before leaving, and Gwen LaPier preserved the shutout, stopping two Blue Bombers' shots.
The game ended right after Lake Placid's Payton Barney ripped a shot just wide of the net in an attempt to break up the Eagles' shutout bid.
With the win, Chazy took sole possession of first place in the Northern Soccer League Division II standings.
Lake Placid next plays Friday on the road against Ticonderoga.
Chazy 3, Lake Placid 0
1. C, Polomsky (Pombrio), 29:58; 2. C, Pombrio (Stalker), 37:57; 3. C, Thomas (LaPorte), 39:49.
Shots: Chazy 14, Lake Placid 8.
Saves: C, Baker 6, LaPier 2; LP, E. Barney 8.