SMETHPORT - Eisenhower doubled up Smethport, 4-2, Saturday, completing a boys-girls sweep of the Hubbers at Smethport Area High School.
The Knights (8-6-1) got on the board just nine minutes into the game when senior Jake VanHouten scored the first of two goals on the afternoon. Teammate Christian Hefright provided the assist.
The Hubbers would tie the game at 1-1 in the 20th minute, but it didn't take Ike long to re-gain the lead. Again, VanHouten scored the goal, netting his 19th score of the year to make it 2-1 Knights at the break.
The Knights went to work on padding the lead in the second 40 minutes. First, Andy Decker broke into the Smethport goal area and was taken down. Decker was awarded a penalty kick and buried it to make it 3-1.
Not long after, Ben Perkins - who had just arrived at the game after competing at the Region 4 Cross Country Championships earlier in the day - pushed up from the back and found enough space to get off a nice mid-range goal that made it 4-1.
The Hubbers added a late penalty kick, but it only served to tidy up the 4-2 final.
Eisenhower will try to finish the regular season in fine fashion on Tuesday when it hosts region rival Iroquois.
Ike girls 2, Smethport 0
SMETHPORT - Eisenhower's girls soccer team won for the fourth time in 2012, shutting out Smethport by a 2-0 count Saturday at Smethport Area High School.
"The whole team showed a lot of energy and this win really was a team effort," said Ike girls coach Kevin Weigel whose team is now 4-8-2 on the season. "It was one of the better games that we've played. Our passing had a purpose and because of the effort we were able to get nearly 20 girls into the game."
The Lady Knights' first goal came just four minutes into the game when Sidney Wallin carried the ball down the left side of the field and made a cross to Taylor Talasky who buried the shot for a 1-0 lead. That 1-0 advantage would carry into the second half.
The Knights gave themselves some additional breathing room at the midway point of the second half when Taylor Talasky played the ball to younger sister Jackie who took a shot from 25 yards out. The younger Talasky's shot narrowly got over the head of the Hubbers goalkeeper and the ball went into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Eisenhower will try to continue its strong close to the season on Monday when it visits Maplewood.