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Blue Bombers soccer splits with Chazy

Lake Placid’s girls notch a win Monday, boys suffer close setback to Eagles Tuesday

Lake Placid’s Matt Brandes, right, and Patrick Dwyer of Chazy leap for a head ball during the first half of Tuesday’s match. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

LAKE PLACID — It’s always a big game when Lake Placid and Chazy square off on the soccer pitch.

The Blue Bombers girls and boys went up against the Eagles over the past two days, and in two close contests Lake Placid came out with a win and a loss.

Girls game

Lake  Placid 1, Chazy 0

The Lake Placid girls soccer team earned a big win Monday, blanking Chazy 1-0 on the Blue Bombers home turf at the North Elba Show Grounds.

Izzy Armstrong of Lake Placid advances the ball past a defender during Monday’s match against Chazy. (Alicia Brandes photo)

Despite playing without senior sweeper Rylee Preston, who was last season’s Division II defensive player of the year, Lake Placid was able to keep Chazy off the board.

Dariana Patterson netted the lone goal of the match with 2:14 remaining in the opening half, scoring off a free kick on a play set up by Weber Hemsley and Natalie Tavares.

“It was an evenly matched game. Both teams played well defensively and both keepers made saves to keep it close,” said coach Brendan Gotham, whose Blue Bombers improved to 3-2.

The victory marked a nice comeback after Lake Placid’s rough outing in a 6-0 loss to unbeaten Saranac Central on Friday.

“I’m really proud of the way the girls bounced back from Friday’s game,” Gotham said. “We played without Rylee and every girl stepped up. Lily Fisher played incredible defense for us. Danaya (Patterson) played her best game of the year. That’s what needs to happen when someone is out. It was a team victory, and that makes it very sweet.”

Lake Placid will be at home again for its next contest on Saturday against Moriah. The opening kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Boys game

Chazy 2, Lake Placid 1

Lake Placid’s boys led for the first time this season when sophomore Alex Wright scored midway through the first half of Tuesday’s match with Chazy.

But the Blue Bombers couldn’t hold on as the Eagles netted a pair of goals after halftime to claim a 2-1 road victory in Lake Placid.

Looking for their first win of the season, the Blue Bombers got off to a strong start against the Eagles, who are annually one of New York state’s strongest Class D teams.

After starting off the season with a tie and three losses, Lake Placid got the early jump against Chazy when Wright one-timed a direct kick taken by Joose Kahkonen past Eagles keeper Ben Dickerson with 20:48 remaining in the opening half.

The teams played scoreless soccer for the rest of the stanza, and Chazy got the equalizer less than seven minutes into the second half when  Patrick Dwyer scored off an assist from Joe Deondarza.

Deondarza then came through with the game-winner, heading in a corner kick with 11:09 left on the clock with Tanner Conners assisting.

Lake Placid coach Stuart Hemsley said his defense played well but committed two costly mistakes that lead to Chazy’s goals.

“We just don’t have the depth,” Hemsley said. “We have a lot of young players, and varsity is unforgiving. Throwing them into a match with Chazy is a big ask, and I thought our kids stood up to them pretty well.”

Chazy finished with a 12-10 advantage in shots. Jack Armstrong finished with eight saves in goal for the Blue Bombers and Dickerson was credited with five saves to earn the win in goal for Chazy.

“It wasn’t a mean-spirited game but it was a competitive one,” Hemsley said. “It’s always competitive when we face Chazy. Usually we have two cracks at them each year, but just one this time around.

“It’s OK to lose to Chazy,” Hemsley added. “No love lost.”

Lake  Placid dropped to 0-3-1 with the loss and next plays at Willsboro Saturday starting at 11 a.m. The Blue Bombers head into the contest looking to avenge a season-opening 2-1 overtime loss to the Warriors.

“We only had 11 players the first time we faced them,” Hemsley said. “We have more now. We’ll be ready to go.”

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