MOUNT VERNON — It’s finally starting to come together for the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets.
Seth Badger notched a hat trick as the Jackets played their most solid game as a team in their 6-1 home victory over Franklin Heights on Tuesday.
Badger scored the first goal of the match in the 23rd minute on a pass from Travis Kiger. Late in the first half, Kiger himself scored off an assist from Matt Madtes. Kiger didn’t start because he had been ill, but there were no lingering effects on Tuesday.
Badger scored again in the 53rd minute off another Kiger pass. He completed the hat trick in the 76th minute on a breakaway which he tapped past the Falcons’ reserve goalkeeper.
Kiger’s second goal came on a penalty kick following a handball call in the box on the 55th minute. That goal made the score 4-1 and effectively put the game out of reach.
Mount Vernon (5-2, 1-2 OCC) wrapped up its scoring in the 77th minute with a breakaway goal by Sam Miller, assisted by Alex Glibert.
Mount Vernon’s coaches weren’t sure which Franklin Heights team would show up Tuesday. The Falcons have been up and down all season and, in recent years, they’ve shown flashes of talent when least expected. On Tuesday, that talent showed as Abdullahi Ibraham led the way with five shots on goal, some of which required spectacular saves by keeper Daniel Baker.