Knights start with road win

CORRY – Eisenhower’s boys soccer team got off to a good start in its non-region schedule, with a 3-0 win at Corry on Tuesday.

It wasn’t without a couple hiccups, as both teams originally listed the game as a home game. It was good luck that it was moved to Corry’s turf field as a downpour soaked Eisenhower’s grass field before the 4 p.m. start time.

But it did take the Knights a while to adjust to the slick turf with Grant Venman scoring about 25 minutes into the first half, off a corner kick from Josh Eernisse.

“The first half was a little sloppy…,” said Ike coach Matt Decker. “It was wet, which made (not being used to playing on turf) even worse. It took I’d say the whole first half to adjust.”

However, Decker said Venman’s score gave Eisenhower “a little energy and a little juice.”

The second half started with a beautiful combination from Casey Vincent up to Noah VanHouten, who got behind the defenders, but missed wide of the net.

Still up 1-0, but controlling the ball, Ike went up 2-0 when Eernisse put away a cross from Christian Hefright. Then with 1 1/2 minutes left, VanHouten dribbled through traffic and kicked a slick ball past Corry’s goalie for the 3-0 win.

“Turf is a difficult animal,” said Decker, of his Knights, which practiced all fall on their grass field at EHS.

But the Knights adjusted, he said, and outshot Corry 23-4 for the game.

Vincent contributed to the attack on offense, and WCCS co-op Eric Sorensen “played a great game” subbing off the bench in his first varsity start. Alex Johnson was the shutout goalie.

The Knights host Forest Area at 4 p.m. Thursday.