Enochs goes over 100 goals for her career
NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — Though the lights may have went out at the end of night, the Oak Glen girls soccer team and record-setting junior Reece Enochs had no trouble lighting up the scoreboard.
The Golden Bears wrapped up a 14-2-2 regular season with a 6-0 victory over Brooke Thursday night in the second game of a boys-girls doubleheader for the Shop with a Cop initiative with the Hancock County Sherriff’s Department. Enochs, who already set the single-season record for goals, hit another milestone with a three-goal performance. Her first goal, which opened the scoring, was the 100th of her career.
“It was one of the things I’ve wanted to do since I was a freshman,” Enochs said. “I know the school record is 106, so I wanted to hit that by the end of my senior year, but it just so happens I got over 100 in my junior year.”
She added 101 and 102 for good measure, but for her, her team getting the win is what is most important.
“Everyone works extremely hard,” she said. “I would have never reached 100 if it weren’t for my teammates. Everyone is unselfish and works super hard. We want to go to states and win a state title.”
Her team-first mentality is what makes the accomplishment so special to see for Golden Bears head coach Ryan Wells.
“It is a goal Reece had, but she doesn’t like the spotlight,” Wells said. “To witness a kid get her 100th goal is always nice. The girls were more excited than her. That is just her personality. She went from scoring, to being the first to volunteer to be a ball girl when I subbed our jayvee team in.
“She is a weight room kid. She works hard. She is the first one in drills. She pushes herself to make herself better and leads by example.”
With the tournament fast approaching, teams are looking for things to build on.
The Brooke boys soccer team got a huge boost of confidence, winning 8-0 in the first game of a boys girls doubleheader in support of the Shop with a Cop initiative with the Hancock County Sheriffs Department, while Oak Glen will look to put Thursday’s game behind it.
“We have been working very well and working very hard,” Brooke head coach Joe Pepe said. “We play a very tough schedule, so we have to play hard. It is a good confidence-builder.
“Oak Glen played very hard. They are very well-schooled. They will be a tough team (in the tournament).”
Josh Ferguson connected for three goals and an assist, Juan Gotor Blanes two goals and an assist and Blaise Buchmelter a goal and an assist for the Bruins (5-11-2).
Oak Glen (6-8-5) keeper Jacob Clark the Golden Bears in the game as long as he could, but eventually the Bruins pressure just simply became too much.
“Jacob is something special,” Oak Glen head coach Jaison Polly said. “That kid is amazing every game. I would say he’s probably the best goalkeeper in the state.”
It was a 2-0 lead for the Bruins at halftime with goals from Ferguson and Blanes.
The second half was all Brooke.
“In the beginning of the game, we held formation well,” Oak Glen head coach Jaison Polly said. “The back line was up higher, the midfield was up higher. They started to get possession down low on us. We just kept trying to sink in and they kept bringing numbers, which allowed them to play in our half.
“The first 15 minutes we played well, after that we just kind of lost it.”
Alex Isinghood and Colin Wounaris also scored for the Bruins in the second half. Andrew Coursin made six saves in goal for the shutout.
“I hope we’re coming into our own,” Pepe said. “I’m proud of all of these kids. We’re getting some people healthy again and getting things ready to go for the second season.”
Oak Glen: Is off until Monday when it opens sectional play hosting Magnolia.