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Enochs reaches 100 career goals during Oak Glen’s victory

OUT IN FRONT — Oak Glen’s Madison McKay receives a pass in front of Brooke’s Brooklynn Mucheck on Thursday. - Andrew Grimm

NEW MANCHESTER — Though the lights may have gone out at the end of night, the Oak Glen girls soccer team and record-setting junior Reece Enochs had no trouble lighting up the scoreboard.

The Golden Bears wrapped up a 14-2-2 regular season with a 6-0 victory over Brooke Thursday night in the second game of a boys/girls doubleheader for the Shop with a Cop initiative with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. Enochs, who already set the single-season record for goals, hit another milestone with a hat-trick performance. Her first goal, which opened the scoring, was the 100th of her career.

“It was one of the things I’ve wanted to do since I was a freshman,” Enochs said. “I know the school record is 106, so I wanted to hit that by the end of my senior year, but it just so happens I got over 100 in my junior year.”

She added 101 and 102 for good measure, but for her, getting the win is what is most important.

“Everyone works extremely hard,” she said. “I would have never reached 100 if it weren’t for my teammates. Everyone is unselfish and works super hard. We want to go and win a state title.”

Her team-first mentality is what makes the accomplishment so special to see for Golden Bears head coach Ryan Wells.

“It is a goal Reece had, but she doesn’t like the spotlight,” Wells said. “To witness a kid get her 100th goal is always nice. The girls were more excited than her. That is just her personality. She went from scoring, to being the first to volunteer to be a ball girl when I subbed our jayvee team in.

“She is a weight-room kid. She works hard. She is the first one in drills. She pushes herself to make herself better and leads by example.”

After hitting the crossbar on her first quality chance of the game, Enochs just snuck the milestone goal across the goal line, as her shot was stopped by fill-in Brooke (5-10-2) keeper Estella Lahita. However, she took the ball across the goal line in doing so. It put the Golden Bears on top, 1-0, 13:36 in.

Lahita was in goal because of injuries to both of the Bruins’ regular keepers and made 10 saves.

With a little less than 10 minutes to go in the half, Enochs added her second to make it 2-0 at the break.

Just 3:29 into the second half, Abigail Myers got in on the scoring to make it 3-0. About 10 minutes later, Jori Alexander netted her first of two goals to make it 4-0.

Not even three minutes later, Enochs completed the hat trick to make it 5-0. Then, with 10:51 to go, Alexander capped the scoring.

With a little more than five minutes remaining, the power went out and the game was called final.

Despite the score, acting Brooke coach Jack Minger — filling in for Elias Hannauoi, who made a trip to his native Morocco — was happy with some of the things he saw.

“They are a very good team,” he said of the Golden Bears. “We are getting better. The girls are improving. We’re trying to get ready and prepared for sectionals. It was a good test to help get ready.”

Wells noticed the improvement on the Brooke side, too.

“Brooke is the most vastly improved team I have seen,” he said. “I told their coach that. They are young, so it is going to be fun playing them over the next few years.”

UP NEXT

Brooke: End the regular season Saturday at Lincoln.

Oak Glen: Hosts the winner of the Wheeling Central-Tyler Consolidated game on Thursday to open sectional action.

(Grimm can be reached at agrimm@heraldstaronline.com)

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