PLATTSBURGH — Adam Tedford was the obvious star in Seton Catholic’s 5-0 win over Northern Adirondack Tuesday, scoring three goals in the boys’ Northern Soccer League game.
But Seton Catholic coach Mike Eppler said midfielder Kaden Baugh often facilitates things.
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“Everything starts around Baugh,” Eppler said. “Tedford gets a lot of highlights. And don’t get me wrong, he’s a fantastic, great player. He sees the field. He is a leader emotionally.
“But a lot of it runs around Kaden Baugh. Kaden gets a lot of the turnovers and starts the offense rolling.”
Baugh, the team’s assist leader, picked up a helper Tuesday and also scored a goal. Tedford opened the scoring 9:14 into the game on a high, unassisted shot. Shortly after Seton Catholic goalkeeper Keagen Briggs got one hand on a hard shot, deflecting it away, Baugh made it 2-0 at the other end. His first shot hit the post, but he followed that up with one that hit the twine at 22:22.
Tedford increased the Knights’ lead just before halftime when he sped toward the net, got past a defender and put in a low shot.
“My teammates really spread the field for me, found my feet, and I was just able to finish (Tuesday),” Tedford said.
While Seton Catholic’s offense was working well, Eppler said the defense needed tightening up. He wanted the Knights to cover the middle better and maintain coverage in transition.
“I think we did a better job of that in the second half, of coming back,” the coach said. “We preach defense first. The other team doesn’t score, we don’t lose. And that’s what we really want to work on, is our defensive structure.”
Tedford completed the hat trick 13:20 into the second half, slipping the ball past a diving Ethan King and into the left side. In the middle of the half, David LaFountain had a tough angle at the right side of the net and just sent the ball across the goalmouth. It hit the left post and bounced in for a 5-0 cushion.
Briggs totaled 14 saves to earn the shutout.
“There’s some things we definitely need to work on, but I like their attitude. I like the way they played for the most part,” Eppler said. “They tried to play within themselves. We have to find that area where we can play hard and aggressive and keep the discipline at the same time.”
King made 12 saves in the Northern Adirondack nets.
The Knights suffered a 2-0 loss at Lake Placid Sept. 12, and Eppler said they’ve stepped up in the two games since then.
“We’ve got a great group of kids, a very talented group of kids, and now it looks like they’ve got the heart, which is the one thing we needed,” Eppler said.
Seton Catholic 5, Northern Adirondack 0
N. Adirondack 0 0 — 0
Seton Catholic 3 2 — 5
First half- 1, SC, Tedford, 9:14. 2, SC, Baugh, 22:22. 3, SC, Tedford (Baugh), 37:31.
Second half- 4, SC, Tedford, 13:20. 5, SC, LaFountain, 25:50.
Shots: Northern Adirondack 14, Seton Catholic 17.
Saves: King, NAC, 12. Briggs, SC, 14.
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