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  • The Geneseo boys’ soccer team notched two conference wins this past week to improve to 3-0 in the NIB 12.
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  • The Geneseo boys’ soccer team notched two conference wins this past week to improve to 3-0 in the NIB 12.
    Geneseo vs. Ottawa
    Locked at a 1-1 tie at the half, the Leafs came out in the second half and put away host Ottawa for a 5-1 victory Sept. 23 on the road.
    Justin Seeley punched in the Leafs’ lone goal of the first half, unassisted at the 31-minute mark.
    Ottawa tied the game up at 1-1 before the half.
    “I think it was a combination of things,” said head coach Ian Kline. “We did have great chances and opportunities, but didn’t quite finish on all the good chances in the first half. The second half was much more methodical and we were smart about passing and took care of the ball.”
    In the second half, Seeley put the Leafs up 2-1 with an unassisted goal at 42:00, and two minutes later Erik Sammons punched in a goal on the assist from James Ballegeer at 44:00 for the 3-1 advantage.
    Adam Stenzel found the back of the net for Geneseo at the 50:00-mark for an unassisted goal; while Hunter DeSplinter closed out the night with a goal at 60:00 on the assist from Seeley.
    Geneseo took 18 shots on goal and Josh Morton had seven saves in the net. Ottawa finished with nine shots on goal and had 10 goalie saves.
    Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru
    The Leafs spread the wealth Sept. 19 on their way to a convincing 9-0 shut out of visiting LaSalle-Peru.
    “That was it pretty much from the start, we had great opportunities and finished pretty easily,” said Kline. “We had a lot of guys get some minutes and that is what I like to see.”
    Sammons started the night off with a header into the goal on the assist from Ethan Radue.
    Ballegeer followed with a goal on the assist from DeSplinter; while Stenzel knocked in a goal on the assist from DeSplinter.
    Radue added the team’s fourth goal of the game, unassisted; followed by Ballegeer with another goal on the assist from DeSplinter.
    DeSplinter closed out the half with a goal on the assist from Stenzel to put Geneseo up 6-0 at the half.
    After the break, Seeley punched in an unassisted goal; followed by Anthony Bravata with a goal of his own off the assist from Ballegeer. Tommy Wassell capped off the night with the final goal of the contest on the assist from Cody Anderson.
    Geneseo took 15 shots on goal and Morton had one save in the net. LaSalle-Peru had two shots on goal and five goalie saves.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Most of our bench players are contributing, not as much early in the season, but now, at this time, they have enough minutes and are doing a good job,” said Kline. “Their experience has helped us be a better team. Each game they are given minutes they have shown they are getting better.”
    Geneseo (7-3-1 overall and 3-0 in the NIB 12) will be on the road next when they face the Golden Warriors at Sterling at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1.
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