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Top seeded Kendall booters set to begin sectionals Wednesday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 October 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Jon Steffen and his Kendall teammates will open Section V Class C2 competition on Wednesday against Bolivar-Richburg at Perry.

Top seeded Kendall begins Section VI Class C2 playoff competition on Wednesday as the Eagles face No. 16 Bolivar-Richburg at 7 p.m. at Perry.

Undefeated Kendall, which brings a 13-0-3 regular season record into the playoffs, is looking to avoid a repeat of last year’s sectional opener in which the top seeded Eagles were upset by No. 8 Red Creek.

“What happened last year helps us now as we know we have to go in determined and focused,” said Coach Brian Duffy. “We understand it isn’t easy. What we did during the regular season doesn’t count now. It’s a whole new season. We have to win four games to win the title.”

Offensively, Kendall, which has outscored its opponents 56-13, has been led by Jake Adams with 20 goals and 10 assists and Will Condo with 11 goals and 6 assists. The Eagles balanced attack also has Riley Iqbal with 6 goals an 9 assists, Mookie Nauden with 6 goals and 4 assists, Justin Barrett 3 goals and 4 assists and Skyler Heller with 3 goals and 1 assist.

“It’s nice we’re balanced,” said Duffy who points to the Eagles defense as a big key. “Whenever our defense plays well we play well as a team. Then we are able to push up and attack as a unit.”

In Class C1, No. 4 Holley will host No. 13 Sodus at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Holley, which brings a 8-5-3 regular season record into the playoffs, has been led by Andrew Cary with 16 goals and 6 assist and Gabe Mendoza 7 goals and 13 assists.