WAPPINGERS FALLS – Mason Sanborn had just scored the Roy C. Ketcham High School boys soccer team’s third goal against John Jay Saturday in the host Indians’ 4-0 win in a Section 1 Conference 1 League A game.
It was the 12th minute of the second half. That’s when Indians’ coach Scott Grimes said it.
“Foot on the gas, Ketcham!”
That type of energy carried the Indians to a win and it’s also been the mentality the Indians have had all year, leading them to a 9-4 record.
“These guys fight,” Grimes said. “We tell them if they do their jobs, we’re going to be in every game.”
The turning point for Ketcham was in the team’s third game of the season. The Indians trailed Port Chester, but the team showed unwavering spirit, Grimes said, rallying from behind to win 4-2.
That win, Grimes said, showed him that he had a “group of gamers” on his hands, and they were “ready to fight for all of it.”
They certainly fought for their win against the Patriots.
Sanborn’s second half goal made it 3-0 Ketcham. He also scored the Indians’ first goal in the 28th minute. Sanborn and the rest of the team have bought into the “don’t slow down” mentality.
Which, in turn, has contributed to Ketcham’s success.
“When we’re playing, (Grimes) doesn’t want us to let up,” said Sanborn, a junior center midfielder. “It only takes one goal to get the other team back into the game.”
Chris Argiento (seven saves) made sure the Patriots didn’t creep back into it.
Argiento felt some people doubted Ketcham before the season, but thinks the team has momentum heading into the stretch run. He’s expecting nothing but positivity.
“It feels good, because before the season even started we were the underdogs. Everyone doubted us, but now we’re 9-4,” Argiento said. “I think we’re going to finish the season off pretty good.”
Three minutes in to the second half, Chris Flanagan scored to give Ketcham a 2-0 lead. With under two minutes left in the match, Nick Botscheller scored the Indians’ final goal.
While Ketcham isn’t letting up, John Jay isn’t giving up.
The loss put the Patriots at 5-7-1 overall, and 2-5 in league play.
Still, coach Rob Seipp’s team isn’t giving up on the season — or each other.
“We’re struggling, there’s no doubt about it,” Seipp said. “We’re going to get back at it and keep practicing and keep working. I have to give the kids credit. They’re still positive and they’re going to come back on Monday ready to work.”
Jack Yeager had seven saves for John Jay, which hosts Monroe-Woodbury on Tuesday.
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