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Keeton sets career scoring record as Indians hang tough against Boaz, Ala.

Mason Keeton surpasses record held by his first cousin, Danner Keeton

GATLINBURG, Tenn.  |  With two goals against Boaz (Ala.) here Saturday afternoon, Oneida senior set the school's career goals record previously held by his cousin, Danner Keeton.

Keeton entered the game — and the season — with 60 goals, after tying his cousin's record at the end of last season. He spent five games sitting on 60 career goals before getting that monkey off his back in the first half of Saturday's game against Boaz.

“It's a tremendous accomplishment to be the all-time scoring leader and I know he's excited to get that behind him after sitting on 60 for the last five games,” his coach, Derek Keeton, said.

The goal came off an assist by to give the Indians a 1-0 lead in their third and final game at the Smokey Mountain Cup.

After Boaz battled back to tie the game at halftime, Keeton scored his second goal off an assist by to make it 2-1 early in the second half.

Boaz eventually tied the game, and then won it by sticking in a rebound after a PK hit the post.

Despite the 3-2 loss, Keeton said the game was easily his team's best effort of the season, against an elite team from Alabama.

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“The Boaz game is exactly what we wanted to get from the boys,” he said. “We were attacking aggressive, and we played with confidence and expected to win against a high-level team.”

The Indians had been beaten 5-0 earlier in the day by Chattanooga Christian School, but Keeton said at the time that he could see his team growing up minute by minute and person by person, despite the score.

“By far, we played our very best game against Boaz,” Keeton said.

Keeton entered the weekend slate at Gatlinburg knowing his team would face tough competition, but he has been adamant that tough games early will better prepare his team to make a run in May, when district and region championships and state tournament berths are on the line.

Next up will be a trip to Sevierville to face a tough Sevier County team on Tuesday.

In Saturday afternoon's game, Keeton credited the play of , and , as well as , who finished with 16 saves. Up front, Keeton was pleased with the effort of , , Miles Laxton and .  

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GATLINBURG, Tenn.  |  With two goals against Boaz (Ala.) here Saturday afternoon, Oneida senior set the school's career goals record previously held by his cousin, Danner Keeton.

Keeton entered the game — and the season — with 60 goals, after tying his cousin's record at the end of last season. He spent five games sitting on 60 career goals before getting that monkey off his back in the first half of Saturday's game against Boaz.

“It's a tremendous accomplishment to be the all-time scoring leader and I know he's excited to get that behind him after sitting on 60 for the last five games,” his coach, Derek Keeton, said.

The goal came off an assist by to give the Indians a 1-0 lead in their third and final game at the Smokey Mountain Cup.

After Boaz battled back to tie the game at halftime, Keeton scored his second goal off an assist by to make it 2-1 early in the second half.

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Boaz eventually tied the game, and then won it by sticking in a rebound after a PK hit the post.

Despite the 3-2 loss, Keeton said the game was easily his team's best effort of the season, against an elite team from Alabama.

“The Boaz game is exactly what we wanted to get from the boys,” he said. “We were attacking aggressive, and we played with confidence and expected to win against a high-level team.”

The Indians had been beaten 5-0 earlier in the day by Chattanooga Christian School, but Keeton said at the time that he could see his team growing up minute by minute and person by person, despite the score.

“By far, we played our very best game against Boaz,” Keeton said.

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Keeton entered the weekend slate at Gatlinburg knowing his team would face tough competition, but he has been adamant that tough games early will better prepare his team to make a run in May, when district and region championships and state tournament berths are on the line.

Next up will be a trip to Sevierville to face a tough Sevier County team on Tuesday.

In Saturday afternoon's game, Keeton credited the play of , and , as well as , who finished with 16 saves. Up front, Keeton was pleased with the effort of , , Miles Laxton and .  

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