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Chiefs Soccer Wins State Championships

It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.

The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.

“This team was confident without being arrogant and worked together without jealousy or resentment towards other teammates,” said boys soccer coach Keith Stanley. “They stayed positive with each other, always had each other’s backs and had the maturity to stay focused on the team’s goa. Lastly, they would not be outworked by anyone.”

The perseverance of the girls team shined through as the winning goal, scored by Alyssa Iannuzzi, came with just seven minutes remaining in the game. Olivia Stegner scored the first goal in the first half of the game. Coach Bruce Stegner said the win was deserved as the Chiefs dominated the play.

“This team was made up of no superstars, but was a team that played extremely well together, had great chemistry and committed to the game plan and each other,” he said. “As a testament to the depth of the team, all 23 healthy field players played in the state semi-final 4-1 win. The team’s defense, work rate, unity, and goaltending set this team apart.”