Sykes scores 3 for Laconia boys' soccer

Jake Sykes' three goals propelled Laconia to a 3-1 win over Belmont on Sept. 4.

The game was fairly balanced with Belmont having the nod in the possession department as well as the number of shots. Laconia goalkeeper Panthavy Pradachith came up with some good saves to keep the game even at the half. Play was even in the second half with Laconia gaining a little momentum in the closing 10 minutes netting two, the second on a penalty kick, earned after Aidan Dean was taken down just inside the box. Laconia and Belmont are both now 1-1. Belmont's goal was scored by Matt LeClair in the first half. Sykes, assisted by Drew Sykes, scored first in the first half. His second goal, scored after the half, was assisted by Dean. His boot from the penalty stripe completed his hat trick. Pradacith had nine saves in the game, while Belmont keeper Cedric Witham saved five.