Enloe continued its unblemished start to the season Tuesday afternoon while keeping Knightdale in search of its first victory.
Sam Weiner netted a hat trick for the visiting Eagles as they soared to a 4-0 triumph over the Knights in the clash of the Cap-8 and Greater Neuse River conferences.
Harry Cooper added a goal on a penalty kick and goalie Ryan Barber registered the shutout for Enloe (3-0), which outscored its opponents 15-1 through its first three games. Knightdale slid to 0-6 with the loss.
Weiner struck twice in the first half to stake the Eagles to a 2-0 lead. He completed the hat trick with 19 minutes left to play, off a well-placed cross from teammate Cory Ayers.
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They said it
“I’m happy with the effort they are putting in, they work in training and on the field,” said Enloe coach Andrew Womble. “We’re comfortable right now, but we have a lot of things we have to fix going into (Cap-8) play next week.”
“The non-conference schedule has been very tough, but these are teams we want to see in November and see where we sit, instead of padding our schedule,” said Knightdale coach Aaron Steele. “Even with the losses, it’s been high spirits, the practices have been good. … We’ve been a little unlucky with injuries, we haven’t been 100 percent healthy yet.”
Weiner scored two goals in a span of just over seven minutes midway through the first half to put Enloe up 2-0, the second of those goals coming with 19:58 left when he received a pass on the right side, beat a defender and fired a hard shot into an open net.
Three who mattered
Sam Weiner, Enloe: In addition to his three goals he had countless other scoring chances to keep Knightdale’s defense on its toes.
Luke Buxton, Enloe: The junior assisted on both of Weiner’s first-half goals.
Jeffrey Oddon, Knightdale: The Knights’ enjoyed their best stretch of play over the final 20 minutes of the second half, and Oddon was in the middle of much of it with several good scoring chances. The best of those chances came with just over 13 minutes to go, when Oddon got past a defender but had his shot stuffed by Barber.
After games Thursday, with Enloe hosting Rolesville and Knightdale traveling to Cleveland, both teams begin their conference season Wednesday (Sept. 9). The Eagles start by hosting Leesville Road, the Knights with a home game against Harnett Central.