NORTHVILLE — In a career full of milestones, Northville boys’ soccer coach Steve Clapper added another to his list Saturday.
Clapper picked up his 250th career victory as his Falcons posted a 4-1 non-league victory over Loudonville Christian.
“This is a nice accomplishment, but I’m just fortunate to benefit from all of the contributions from my coaches, players and parents,” said Clapper, who was able to share the moment with his son, Caleb, a senior defender on this year’s team.
In his 25th season as coach, Clapper has guided the Falcons to several sectional titles as well as a state runner-up finish in Class D in 2009.
“This is more of a thank you to the players, past and present, soccer moms and dads, youth coaches and fans,” coach Clapper said. “We’ve all had a lot of fun and learned several life lessons along the way. I’m glad I can be a part of it. It’s certainly a fun ride.”
This year’s ride is one that Northville hopes will end with Section II success.
The Falcons last won an area title in 2009, when they claimed the Class D crown.
Since 1967, Northville has won 15 Section II titles and reached the championship game nine other times. The Falcons won state titles in 1988 and 1995.
“Northville has a great program and great community support for everything that we do,” Steve Clapper said. “I’m just proud to be a part of it.”
In its last two outings, Northville has established itself as a threat for this year’s Section II Class D title. On Wednesday, the Falcons played fellow Western Athletic Conference unbeaten OESJ to a 2-2 draw. OESJ is ranked fourth in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association poll, while Northville is ranked eighth.
On Saturday, the Falcons handed previously unbeaten Loudonville Christian its first loss of the season.
Landon Ginter scored twice for Northville, while Jacob Frank added a goal and an assist. John Pertell also scored for the Falcons, while Blake Forman added two assists.
“The nice thing is that these kind of games prepare you for the future and move you forward,” coach Clapper said. “There are moments in these games that let you know what you need to work on.”
Jack Bibighaus scored the lone goal for Loudonville Christian on an assist from Ethan Quadrini.
Frank opened the scoring for the Falcons on an assist from Forman just 1:41 into the game.
“Offensively, we moved the ball well today,” Clapper said.
Loudonville Christian pulled even with 34:40 left in the first half when Bibighaus scored on an assist from Quadrini to make it 1-1. Pertell gave Northville the lead with an unassisted goal with 17:05 remaining in the half.
Ginter scored both second-half goals for the Falcons. The first came on an assist from Frank with 38:38 left and the second game on an assist from Forman with 13:56 to play.
“Loudonville Christian is a very good team,” Steve Clapper said. “They came out strong and had us on our heels at the beginning.”
Daniel VanNostrand and Landon Frasier combined to make seven saves for Northville.
Skye Keparutis made 10 stops for Loudonville Christian (6-1 overall).
Northville (6-0-1 overall) is slated to travel to Schenectady on Monday for a Western Athletic Conference contest at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons.