Five and one is a good record to start the high school boys soccer season. But for Roy C. Ketcham, the gauntlet is just beginning.
The host Indians beat Beacon 3-2 on Tuesday in their final non-league game before league play begins. Nick Laska, Mitchell Kuhner and Mason Sanborn tallied for the Indians, who host Mahopac at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
Ketcham coach Scott Grimes chalked up his club’s strong start to three factors.
“Certainly the fact that the boys work hard,” Grimes said. “In the offseason, they play a very high level of club ball, several of them. And they’re gamers — they’re definitely willing to get dirty.”
Grimes said Ketcham dominated for the first 60 minutes of Tuesday’s match, but Beacon worked hard to get back in the game.
“They had more than a couple of opportunities to tie it up. Credit to them,” Grimes said. “They worked extremely hard.”
Chris Argiento made six saves for Ketcham.
With league play kicking off Thursday, Grimes had a reminder for his team. The Indians play in Section 1 Conference 1 League A with Arlington, John Jay, Carmel and Mahopac.
“Just realize that league play is starting and it just gets tougher every game.”
For Beacon (2-5), Kyle Davis and Devin Lambe scored.
“In the final 15 minutes or so, we really started pressing and creating good opportunities,” Beacon coach Craig Seaman said.
Beacon hosts Hendrick Hudson at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
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