ZEBULON — The East Wake Academy boys soccer team ran a scoring clinic in its season-opener against Neuse Charter School on Thursday.
Outscoring their opponent 8-2, the Eagles set a school record for most goals scored at home in a single game.
“I feel like our team played incredibly well for their first game of the season,” Eagles coach Michael Sloop said. “We moved the ball around, communicated and worked well as a unit from start to finish.
“In years past, we had trouble getting started in the game, offensively, but had no issues with that tonight.”
East Wake Academy got its first goal from freshman Bruce Campos in the 11th minute. Two minutes later, Campos found the net a second time on an assist by senior captain Justin Tart.
Tart in the 22nd minute recorded his second assist of the match, to junior Angelo Cabrera to put the Eagles up 3-0. Just one minute passed before Campos and Tart connected again, with Tart scoring off a feed by Campos.
Eagles seniors Brad Pickett and John Hargrove united for another goal in the 27th minute to give their team a five-goal advantage at the half. At that time, East Wake Academy had allowed only four shots on goal by Neuse Charter.
Campos earned a hat trick in the 57th minute after being fouled inside the box and scoring on a penalty kick. In the 76th minute, senior captain Isaiah Hertzig charged the box and finished off a deflected shot, giving the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
Neuse Charter’s two goals came just two minutes apart – the first off a well-placed corner kick and the second off a penalty kick awarded for illegal contact in the box by East Wake Academy.
A hat trick wasn’t enough for Campos, who scored his fourth and the final goal of the game in the 80th minute while his team was on a counter attack.
The firm start to the season was a comforting one for Sloop.
“I am excited about what this season has in store for us, and we will continue to practice tough and prepare for what our next opponents plan to bring at us,” he said.
The Eagles are set to host Granville Central Wednesday at 4 p.m.