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Spartans' 'Superman' strikes

Ethan Chase lived up to the Superman T-shirt he wore underneath his jersey.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior forward scored the lone goal of the game on a great individual effort to lead the Spartans to a 1-0 victory over South Glens Falls in Monday's Section II, Class A boys soccer championship game at Colonie Central High School.

After picking up a loose ball in South Glens Falls territory, Chase dribbled several yards and threaded a shot between three Bulldog defenders and past goaltender Evan Smith with 1:23 left in the first half to give BH-BL the lead.

My coaches worked with me on taking shots outside the (penalty) box, said Chase. "They (the South Glens Falls defenders) gave me an inch, and I just took it."

"He found a crack, and he put it in," said BH-BL coach George Dudas.

Prior to Chase's goal, the Spartans (16-4-1) spent a lot of time in South Glens Falls' end of the field, but they couldn't find a crack in the Bulldogs' defense. BH-BL players were hounded by South Glens Falls defenders when they tried moving the ball down the wings, and crossing passes either missed their targets or were cleared away by the Bulldogs.

"They threw something at us that we hadn't seen before," said Chase. "They gave us time to turn (with the ball), but they dropped their sweeper back and denied us the passing lanes."

"We got some quality shots (in the first half). We just didn't finish them off," said Dudas. "We had them bottled up, and all they could do was counterattack."

South Glens Falls organized its attack in the second half and applied some pressure on BH-BL's defense, but Spartans goaltender Josh Klapper was up for the challenge. The senior made three key saves to preserve the shutout.

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