Enloe’s boys soccer team remained undefeated on the season with a close 2-1 win at home against Cap-8 opponent Leesville Road.
Leesville’s Luca Menozzi scored the first goal of the game after 20 minutes of a defensive battle to open the match.
Enloe countered a few minutes later with a laser of a shot 25 yards out from captain Graham Rex. The teams took a 1-1 tie into halftime and continued the stalemate for most of the second half until Enloe’s Cory Ayers broke free on a counterattack and buried the game winner.
The Eagles (5-0, 1-0) picked up their first conference win, while the Pride (2-2-2, 0-1) took their first conference loss.
Cory Ayers’ game-winner with a little more than 12 minutes to go in the second half sealed the victory for Enloe.
The Pride were on the opposite side of the field working with a corner kick, but Enloe cleared the ball deep downfield. Ayers chased the high-arcing lob down, beat a defender and struck it past the goalie. Leesville had the bulk of the scoring opportunities in the second half, so this goal flipped the momentum entirely.
“When we were one up, we should’ve gone into a higher level but we didn’t,” said Leesville coach Paul Dinkenor. “They got that kind of shot, and we just got a little bit down.”
They said it
“We might not be the best technical team or the best tactical team, but they really put in the effort,” said Enloe coach Drew Womble. “A lot of it makes up for what we lose technically and tactically. It’s a pretty solid team.”
By the numbers
5: Enloe is off to a hot start on the season, winning its first five matches. The Eagles have scored 23 goals and allowed just two so far.
8-0: Leesville took eight corner kicks throughout the night compared to zero for Enloe. The Pride failed to convert any of the corners, part of a larger problem throughout the night of not finishing on opportunities.
25: The first two goals of the game came from around 25 yards out, and both were beauties. Menozzi’s shot in the first half came from long range in midfield. His right-footed rip dipped just below the diving arms of Enloe’s goalkeeper.
Enloe’s Rex came back with a perfectly placed shot into the right upper 90 from left midfield. It was such a great strike that Leesville’s goalkeeper didn’t budge, thinking it had gone out of play.
Leesville had plenty of opportunities to score in the second half, including a last shot with five seconds left in the game. The Pride couldn’t convert, though. Senior Alyddin Darar leads the team in goals, but he couldn’t finish any of his chances Wednesday.
“He’ll feel like he should’ve had two or three goals,” Dinkenor said. “His finishing was not quite there tonight, but he’s a scorer so he’ll bounce back.”