The Eisenhower Knights out-shot Oil City, 20-4, and defeated the Oilers by a score of 3-1 in boys varsity soccer action Saturday at Eisenhower High School.
"We played very well," said Eisenhower coach Matt Decker. "I was really impressed. We came out strong and dominated the whole game. We're really looking forward to this week's match-ups against some tough league opponents."
After an Erik Daugharthy shot hit the crossbar early in the game, the Knights took a 1-0 lead when Josh Eernisse won the ball off a goal kick and beat the Oil City keeper.
Eisenhower kept the Oilers on their heels in the second half, and struck again when Casey Vincent broke away from the defense and found Eernisse with a through ball, which Eernisse put away for a 2-0 lead. Vincent was moved into the field from his goal position after seeing only two shots in the first half.
Just five minutes later, Vincent found Eernisse with another pass, and the shot deflected off an Oil City defender and in the net to complete the sophomore forward's hat-trick performance.
Oil City's only goal came on a penalty shot with fifteen minutes remaining in the second half.
The Knights (2-1) will jump into their Region 3 schedule this week, hosting Fairview on Monday and travelling to Mercyhurst Prep on Wednesday. Both teams advanced to the District 10 playoffs in 2012.
"We have a little momentum now. We need to see if we can keep it going," said Decker. "(Fairview and Mercyhurst) are going to be tough games."