Griffin Bartley found the net a couple of times to help lead the LaGrange High boys’ soccer team secure a 4-1 victory over the home-standing Callaway Cavaliers on Wednesday.
While Bartley had a pair of goals, Jackson Fagundes and Daniel Lee each had one goal to help the Grangers even their record at 1-1.
The Grangers scored three goals within about five minutes of each other in the first half to take firm control of things.
“We came out with a business mentality,” LaGrange coach Keita Placide said. “I’m proud of my kids.”
Trailing 3-0 at the half, the Cavaliers played the Grangers on even terms in the second half.
Kevin Craig had Callaway’s goal.
Callaway coach Jake Hembree said his players “played 80 minutes like it was their last game” and that they didn’t “drop their heads” after the LaGrange scoring onslaught in the first half.
“We kept working hard,” Hembree added. “We will take tonight and move on from here. One game at a time gets us to our goal.”
Placide expected to see Callaway come out and deliver a great effort in the second half.
“The second half, they looked like they wanted to play us a little tougher, and they did,” Placide said.
As for his team, Placide likes what he’s seen early in the season.
“This group has started to gel, and I’m really happy to see where we are right now,” he said. “We’ve got some work, mind you, but I’m really proud of how they stepped on the field and knew it was business time.”