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Lake George boys soccer

Lake George forward Justin Blanco lines up for a penalty kick during the first half of the Warriors Adirondack League game against Bolton-Warrensburg.

LAKE GEORGE — Bolton-Warrensburg goalie Kevin Neacy was getting fed up.

Already down three goals to Lake George, the second-ranked Class C team in the state, Neacy watched Warriors forward Brandon Willard beat an Eagles defender down the left sideline and dribble patiently into the box.

Willard tried to pass, but it was blocked. As the ball bounced around near goal, Neacy let out a cry.

“Get it out of the box,” he screamed.

After some chaos and a few near scoring chances, Bolton-Warrensburg finally got it out of the box.

Which lasted about 30 seconds.

Neacy was peppered all afternoon as Lake George out-possessed and outshot the Eagles, winning an Adirondack League West boys soccer game 7-0 Friday at Lake George Elementary school.

“Last year, Alex (Jones) carried the team,” Warriors coach Blake White said. “He had guys around him that could help him but he was such a dynamic player and a lot of our other guys were inexperienced.

“The good thing is that this year, a lot of those inexperienced guys came back. So now we don’t rely on one guy. Instead, I have 14 or 15 guys I can count on and who can start.”

The Warriors have outscored opponents 42 to one. It is impossible to predict who will score next and that trend continued Friday.

First Ethan Knauf scored halfway through the first half. Then Justin Blanco added a penalty kick seven minutes later before Sam Knauf made it 3-0 at halftime.

“I did not know where we were going to get goals from this year,” White said. “Because Alex (Jones) either set the goals up or he scored, so I was kind of concerned about who was going to be the guy. Turns out, we don’t really have a guy, we got a handful of guys that can score.”

Coming off a 16-3 season last year, which ended in a one-goal Class CC final loss to Greenville, the Warriors made up for that defeat last week. Hosting Greenville, Lake George won 3-1, with two key goals from Ethan Knauf.

However, things easily could’ve gone differently.

“We got down one to nothing in the second half,” White said. “That could have been a situation where we get panicky and lose it. But that got our attention and the last 25 minutes we basically had them on their heels.”

Three goals in 25 minutes against a top sectional opponent gives an already talented Lake George team that much more swagger.

Still undefeated, the Warriors (5-0) have a clear path to another Adirondack title. Their toughest test comes Monday, when Lake George travels to east division leader, and also undefeated Fort Ann.

“We are the two teams that have been the constant through the years. It always seems to come down to us,” White said of Lake George’s rivalry with the Cardinals. “They come in playing hard, and if you are off your game then they will get you.”

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