By Steve Keenan
Oak Hill continued its march to a possible unbeaten soccer campaign Tuesday with a 15-0 swamping of host Herbert Hoover.
The win raised the Red Devils’ record to 16-0-2 with a lone regular season contest remaining today at 5 p.m. at Riverside.
“It would be pretty disappointing for us” if they are not able to post a win against Riverside to finish an unbeaten regular season, said Kyle Kent, in his second year as head coach for the Red Devils.
“I have a lot of talent, I inherited a lot of talent,” Kent continued. “There truly is a team aspect.
“The majority of the players have been playing soccer together since they were young kids. There’s a lot of team chemistry.”
As of Tuesday’s win over Hoover, senior center-forward Jacob Kemlock led the Red Devils in goals with 26, while junior center-midfielder Jon Hardman had scored 15 times entering the week. Three other players — seniors Joel Bracken and Garrett Mullins and junior Ian Hunt — were likely to reach the 10-goal plateau by week’s end, Kent said earlier Tuesday.
Other senior starters include goalkeeper Brett Garris, who has registered 11 shutouts in 18 games, and defenders Grant Whitmore, Trevor Skaggs and Christian Heath. Kent hopes to get injured senior Cameron Heath back for the stretch run.
Oak Hill registered ties with Charleston Catholic and Princeton this season.
Kent says perhaps the Red Devils’ greatest effort occurred last Saturday versus Cross Lanes Christian. Facing almost sure defeat, Oak Hill responded in a big manner.
“We were down 3-1 to Cross Lanes Christian in the last 10 minutes, and we scored three goals in six minutes to beat them 4-3,” Kent said. “They really want that undefeated season.
“We respond to adversity very well.”
Oak Hill begins section tournament play Tuesday at 5 p.m. against either Shady Spring or Greenbrier East at Beckley.
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Jacob Kemlock scored four goals and assisted on three others as the Class AAA No. 4 Red Devils steamrolled the Herbert Hoover Huskies 15-0 Tuesday.
Jon Hardman and Dominic Re had two goals and an assist apiece. Trevor Skaggs also scored twice, while Andrew Hardman, Andre Letang, Joel Bracken, Garrett Mullins and Christian Heath added one apiece.
Both Hardmans, Letang, Bracken and Re each had one assist. Goalkeepers Brett Garris and Andrew Elliott each played a half and had an assist.
The Red Devils outshot the Huskies 30-2.
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