Mountaineers upset EnkaHuppe scores twice, while Gamez shines in the goal
The Tuscola High School boys soccer team won its season opener with a 2-0 upset of the Enka Jets Wednesday, Aug. 21, at C.E. Weatherby Stadium. Tuscola senior Steven Huppe scored both goals and was named the Mountaineers Most Valuable Player. But junior goal keeper Arturo Gamez “was right there with some great saves,” for the shutout, said Tuscola soccer coach John Douthit.
“We were the underdogs,” Douthit said. “Enka was picked to win by three.”
Huppe scored both goals in the first half, with his first on a free kick at the 24:50 mark. His second goal came at the 35-minute mark, about five minutes before half time.
Tuscola’s emphasis on fitness and nutrition for this season paid off, as the team made efficient use of its six substitutes, compared to Enka’s deep 10-man bench. “It was a well fought, well played soccer game. I thought we distributed the ball well and I liked our many combinations of moving the ball,” Douthit said. He also credited Huppe with his leadership on the field.
“He was a key factor in controlling the midfield, which is where we won the game,” Douthit said. “Logan Lambert and Forest Ward did a great job of playing defense. Our seniors played good, smart, aggressive soccer. I had great hopes for this season and this win shows our team has come to play. I’m very proud of our Tuscola boys.”
Tuscola’s record is 1-0. Enka dropped to 1-1.
The Mountaineers will host Swain County at 7 p.m. tonight at C.E. Weatherby Stadium.