BOYS SOCCER: Win No. 1 for Ike, new coach

TITUSVILLE-The Eisenhower Knights boys soccer team notched its first win of the season Tuesday afternoon, defeating an undermanned Titusville squad on the road by a score of 5-1.

“(Titusville) could only field nine players, but they fought hard the whole game,” said Eisenhower’s Matt Decker, who earned his first career coaching win. “It was good to see that fight from them, and we were able to get all 26 of our guys in the game.”

The Rockets hung strong early in the game, but the Knights were able to strike 25 minutes in when Alex Johnson chipped one over the Titusville keeper to get his team on the board.

Logan Eadie scored on a ball from Ricky Zortman for the second goal, but Titusville answered quickly when a defensive lapse by the Knights allowed a breakaway goal to make it a 2-1 game heading into the half.

The second half was all Eisenhower, as Michael Spencer picked up a pair of goals and Josh Eernissee added another to put the game out of reach.

“We were kind of slow to start, but the second half looked a lot better,” said Decker. “We didn’t allow them too many opportunities. They only got four shots on goal all game.”

The Knights finished with 12 shots on goal, though many more oppportunities just missed.

Eisenhower (1-1) returns to action on Saturday, hosting Oil City in a non-region match at Eisenhower High School.