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Hornets show more balance, stop Skaneateles

F-M moves to 10-0 with takedown of Lakers

— Kevin Lux won't score 10 goals for undefeated Fayetteville-Manlius every game as he did against Liverpool on Tuesday, let alone record 10 total points like he did at Auburn on Friday.

The Hornets certainly welcome Lux’s high production, but it doesn't survive on it, because guys like Clay Arnold, Jack Wilson and Dan Cahill repeatedly prove they can step into the scorer’s role.

It was Arnold who emerged as that go-to man with six goals as part of a convincing 12-4 win over Class C powerhouse Skaneateles (8-2) on Saturday afternoon that pushed F-M's record to 10-0.

“We can take what’s given," F-M coach Chris Kenneally said. "I think that’s what makes us a good team is that we’ve got a number of different people."

“It shows that we are very spread out amongst everyone,” Clay Arnold said. “Maybe next game a midfielder like Dan Cahill or Kroy Arnold might even have some goals, we don’t know who’s going to show up and that’s what makes us more powerful is that are so diverse in who we have. That makes us hard to control.”

Arnold opened and closed the Hornets scoring, the first coming with 4:16 left in the first quarter off a steal by younger brother Kroy in his own half. Kroy fed Lux downfield, who found Clay with an open one-on-one with Lakers goalie Max Smith.

Arnold’s last goal came with 7:16 left in the game, at the tail end of four consecutive goals by the senior attacker. That string started when defender Brandon Gesler stood up a Laker player advancing the ball past midfield, scooped the ball and flung it to Arnold for another one-on-one with Smith.

The goal, Arnold’s third of the game, extended the lead to 9-3 with 1:11 left in the third quarter. He then scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

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if 12 months ago

Game showed strengths of FM and weaknesses of Skan. Kudos to FM youth lax program for developing kids with strong fundamentals - ground balls, moving without the ball, and most importantly stick skills. Hard to beat FM when most kids can go either way and they move the ball with precision.

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