Hamilton boys soccer falls in semifinals

In a rematch of last year's state Class D boys soccer final match-up, it was Chazy that came out victorious this time against Hamilton.

The Eagles defeated the defending Class D champion Emerald Knights 2-1 in semifinal action Nov. 21 at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta.

By winning, Chazy avenged last year's painful result, in which it led, 3-0, only to see Hamilton come back and prevail in overtime 4-3 to take the state crown.

"I'm extremely proud of these guys. I hope after they get over this emotional ride that they're one right now that they appreciate what they did and how far they came," Hamilton coach Brian Latella said. "(It was) just an outstanding job, especially following up last year's success that then can get to this point."

Both sides were plagued with penalties throughout much of the game and it was Drew Thompson that converted on one of those opportunities to give the Emerald Knights a 1-0 first half lead. Dan Meeks took a free kick from the right side that connected with Thompson 16:27 before the half.

Chazy opened the second half with a goal just 67 seconds in to tie the game up. Taking a cross from Tyler Bulriss, Kyle McCarthy slipped the ball by Hamilton goalie Kinnon Nolan-Finkel.

"It was back and forth," Thompson said. "Our defense made some mistakes."

Thompson attempted a quick response but was shut down when Chazy goalie Austin Santor barely got his arm on the ball.

Meanwhile, the Eagles continued to apply pressure, controlling play for the majority of the half and keeping Hamilton's opportunities limited.

With 13:10 left, the Emerald Knights missed their first chance at the net since Thompson's try. Chazy, however, wasn't going to miss again after several other chances earlier in the half.

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