LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid's soccer players were hoping the time would be right to exact revenge on Chazy when the two teams tangled for the second time this season on Wednesday.
The host Blue Bombers weren't able to fully avenge last month's 3-0 loss to the Eagles, but they were able to walk off the field with some satisfaction after they finished in a 1-1 deadlock with New York state's top-ranked Class D boys team.
Nzoni Thompson got Lake Placid off to a quick start when he scored 51 seconds into the match, and the Blue Bombers defense held strong from there, giving up just one goal the rest of the way in a battle that ended just before dark after extending into two 10-minute overtimes.
Chazy’s Alec LaPierre, left, and Lake Placid’s Shane McNierney leap above a crowd of players, including Blue Bombers goalkeeper Chris Kordziel, on an Eagles corner kick play in Wednesday’s match.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
"It was a fiercely contested match," Lake Placid coach Stuart Hemsley said. "Chazy doesn't have a bad player on their team. We like to go up against teams like that. We weren't going to outplay them, so we knew we really had to tighten up our defense, and we did a good job with that."
Both goals were scored in the opening half. Lake Placid caught Chazy off guard with the first tally, which came on a shot that Thompson chipped over the outstretched arms of Eagles goalkeeper Trent Blais. Thompson, a junior, netted the shot from just outside the penalty area after receiving a pass from Andrew Meister, who had a strong performance at midfield.
The Eagles got the equalizer at the 28:12 mark of the half on a goal scored by Tyler Hicks off a pass from Alex Rabideau.
Chazy head coach Rob McAuliffe didn't like how his team started out the match, but said he was happy to see the Eagles battle back against a tough opponent.
"We kind of took a one-minute rest at the beginning of the game," Mcauliffe said. "When we fell into that early 1-0 hole, we knew we had our work cut out for us because Lake Placid defends so well. I think did a nice job generating scoring chances."
The Eagles held a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. Blais made four saves in nets for Chazy and Chris Kordziel recorded six stops in goal for Lake Placid.
Chazy's record now stands at 9-1-2 overall, and Lake Placid owns a 5-2-2 mark in Northern Soccer League Division II play.
Although Lake Placid didn't pull off the upset, the tie allowed the Blue Bombers to hold a slim edge over Seton Catholic for the top-seed in the upcoming Class C playoffs with three games remaining in the regular season.
"Our guys didn't need any motivation for this game," Hemsley said. "We didn't play as well as we wanted up there, and we know it's really tight in the standings. We'll take the tie."