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Eagles' offense erupts in win over Peru

EAGLES: Oak Hill's Emily Scase breaks up a Peru attack in the Golden Eagles' 9-1 win over the Tigers on Monday.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

PERU – Goals hadn’t been an issue for Oak Hill over the past six matches; it was keeping them out that was preventing the girls’ soccer team from picking up more than the two wins it had collected on the season.

That made Monday’s trip to Peru, a 9-1 win, a sight to behold as the Golden Eagles had not only their best offensive outing of the season but their best defensive one, too.

“We played pretty doggone good,” head coach Alex Kenworthy said. “We made a couple of changes here and there and we’re starting to play together.

“We’re starting to grow with each other and we had a little more precision behind our passes.”

Oak Hill flew out of the traps and scored in three minutes through Tegan Phillips, followed just two minutes later by a Carlee Biddle goal to give the visitors a 2-0 lead in the opening five minutes of play.

“It was outstanding,” Kenworthy said on having a pair of early goals on the scoresheet. “There have been some games where we’ve struggled for goals and it was nice to see them step up today.”

Phillips would not need long to secure her hat trick, hitting a quickfire double near the halfway point of the first half to put the Golden Eagles out of sight.

Biddle capped the scoring in the first half with 10 minutes to play as Oak Hill went into the break with a 5-0 lead.

Phillips added a fourth shortly after the restart before Biddle scored her second goal inside the first 10 minutes of the second half. 

Reserves began to rotate in for the Golden Eagles though that left gaps that Peru began to exploit, leading to some sustained pressure on Grace Rowland in goal, Rowland having replaced Sierra Bakehorn, who had moved out to the field. Bakehorn made four saves and Rowland had two.

The Tigers were able to get on the scoresheet though it took a penalty to do the trick after the visitors were adjudged to have handled in the box, a play that saw Rowland go off injured and Bakehorn hastily return to goal, only to see Emily Campos’ spot kick beat the keeper to her right.

Melissa Kluevein would have the last say netting three goals in less than eight minutes 10 minutes to complete an emphatic win for Oak Hill.

Biddle added a pair of assists while Abby Strange and Gillian Martinez also each had an assist.

While the squad didn’t get a shutout, Kenworthy was very happy with the way the defense shepherded Peru overall, only needing six saves on the night from Bakehorn and Rowland.

“They were outstanding,” Kenworthy said about the defense. “We made a couple of changes there and so far that’s been beneficial to us.

“We just keep heading forward from here and see what happens next.”

Oak Hill (3-5-1) hosts Jay County at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Kenworthy is looking for the girls to carry the momentum forward against the Patriots.

“We want to build off this any way we can,” Kenworthy said. “I hope everyone is healthy and we keep moving the ball around like we did tonight.”