RICKY ST. CLAIR
PLATTSBURGH — After a disappointing 3-0 loss to crosstown rival Plattsburgh High, the No. 18 Seton Catholic boys’ soccer team made a statement Monday.
Adam Tedford and Kaden Baugh combined for four goals and two assists as the Knights (7-2-2) rolled to an 8-3 defeat of Willsboro in Northern Soccer League play.
“We took it on the chin with PHS, and I didn’t feel they came to play then,” Seton Catholic coach Mike Eppler said. “They came to play (Monday). I think it was a good wakeup call. I wasn’t happy with our defense, but our offense clicked on all cylinders (Monday).
“Our passing was sharp, and we moved to the ball well. We got a little lackadaisical at times. I’ve got to give Willsboro credit — they never quit. They were always there, hustling and putting pressure on.”
Baugh, Tedford and Keegan Frenya all registered goals in the first half.
The Knights managed a 4-2 halftime lead on the Warriors (3-7), owning a 15-6 advantage in shots on goal.
“I think we kept the field wide (Monday),” Tedford said. “We found feet mostly. We didn’t play a lot of aerial balls. We finished really well.”
Seton Catholic’s relentless attacked continued in the second half, adding four more tallies in the final 40 minutes of play.
Tedford and Frenya picked up their second goals of the match, while David Lafountain and Nicholas Favreau found the scoresheet at 4:40 and 35:56, respectively.
Eight players were either credited with a goal or an assist.
“It’s great to have everybody work together like that and have everybody just have a great connection like that,” Baugh said.
Eppler has been pleased with his team’s approach and attitude in practice as of late.
“As a team, you’re only as strong as your weakest player,” Eppler said. “Everybody contributes in every game. The game is one thing, but we have roughly three practices for every game you play. If everybody wasn’t showing up for practice, the starters wouldn’t be able to handle the ball the way they do on the field and the team wouldn’t be able to work on the field during the game if we didn’t have everybody at practice.”
Nick Arnold paced Willsboro with each of its first two goals. The Warriors recorded their third and final tally of the match on an own goal with 11:05 remaining in regulation.
Patrick Maddix, Noah Osborne and Cody Quantock all nabbed assists in the five-goal win for the Knights.
Keagen Briggs was credited with the win in net for Seton Catholic, registering eight saves on 11 shots. Lucas Cross suffered the loss, fending off 16 shots.
The Knights, who tied No. 1 Chazy 1-1 Sept. 13, have a highly-anticipated rematch with No. 15 Lake Placid Wednesday.
Seton Catholic dropped a 2-0 setback to the Blue Bombers in Lake Placid Sept. 11, 2-0.
“Definitely, I think we have a ton of potential,” Tedford said. “I think anything less than a sectional championship and a division (championship) would be a disappointment.
“With Lake Placid, from the start, we have to come out really aggressive. They like to play a physical game, so I think we have to match that aggressiveness and just keep our composure as well.”
Seton Catholic 8, Willsboro 3
Willsboro 2 1 — 3
Seton Catholic 4 4 — 8
First half- 1, SC, Baugh (Tedford), 4:11. 2, W, Arnold (Fine-Lease), 14:58. 3, SC, Tedford (Maddix), 22:03. 4, SC, Frenya (Quantock), 23:01. 5, Baugh (Osborne), 21:29. 6, W, Arnold, 34:10.
Second half- 7, SC, Tedford (Baugh), 1:41. 8, SC, Lafountain, 4:40. 9, SC, Frenya, 8:37. 10, W, own goal, 28:55. 11, SC, Favreau, 35:56.
Shots: Seton Catholic 29. Willsboro 11.
Saves: Briggs, SC, 8. Cross, W, 16.
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