BEEKMANTOWN - The Saranac Lake boys soccer team put up a strong fight Wednesday in the Section VII, Class B quarterfinals, but Beekmantown pulled away in the second half to secure a 5-1 victory.
With the win, the Eagles advanced to the sectional semifinals where they will meet Peru on Saturday. Plattsburgh will face top-seeded Northeastern Clinton in the other semifinal.
"I could not be prouder of the efforts from our Red Storm team tonight and this season," said Saranac Lake coach Bill Wilson. "We may have been down, but always fought to the end of every game."
The sixth-seeded Red Storm were aggressive from the opening whistle, staging several offensive attacks on the Beekmantown goal in hopes of an upset.
"For the first 15 minutes of play, we outhustled and outpossessed them," Wilson said. "The more time we went without scoring, though, the more the advantage went to Beekmantown."
The third-seeded Eagles scored the game's first goal at the 15:13 mark when Adam Goldfarb took a pass from Ryan Munson and sent the ball into the net. Alex Price gave Beekmantown a 2-0 lead near the end of the half.
Saranac Lake fought back in the second half. Senior Nick Bayruns reduced the deficit to 2-1, putting the ball past the Beekmantown goalkeeper after collecting teammate Brad Shumway's shot that clanged off the crossbar.
The Eagles answered quickly, though, and Zach Brockway scored less than a minute later. Wilson said Brockway's goal, "took the wind out of our sails."
Brenden Carnright extended the lead further four minutes later and Goldfarb capped the scoring with his second goal in the 68th minute.
Saranac Lake outshot the Eagles 29-26, with Red Storm goalie Oliver Holmes making 14 saves.
The Red Storm finished the season with a 1-10-1 overall record.