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Enka eases into third round of soccer playoffs


10:57 PM, Nov. 03, 2012 EDT

Juan Escobedo of Enka scores on a header during SSaturday's game against Franklin. / John Coutlakis/jcoutlakis@citizen-times.com

CANDLER — 

Enka coach Daven Hunsicker has been waiting all season for his team to play the smart, fast and simple brand of soccer that he saw Saturday.

Hey, the timing couldn't be any better.

Juan Escobedo, Tristan Harris and Elijah Plemmons scored two goals apiece in a 8-1 rout of visiting Franklin in the second round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs.

Christian Dehza and Brad Smith added one each for the Mountain Athletic Conference 3-A champion Jets (17-6-1), who have equaled their playoff run from 2011.

Before that, the program had gone nine years without a postseason win.

"Today was really the first day that it came together for us, and we played the style I want to see," Hunsicker said.

"We've matched what we did last year in the playoffs, now maybe we can exceed it.

"Regardless of who we play, we're going to show up and be ready."

Enka will take on either Freedom (16-5-1) or St. Stephens (14-6-2) in Wednesday's third round.

The Jets would be at home if the opponent is St. Stephens.

"It's a great feeling for this to be my senior year and for us to have the chance to host all these playoff games," Escobedo said.

"As the game (against Franklin) wore on, we started to pick up more confidence."

Escobedo went into Saturday with the team lead in assists (18) and 14 goals, which was second only to Smith (20).

Saturday's goal was just the fourth of the season for Dehza and came on a rebound with 25:40 to go.

Goalkeeper Scott Fish and the Enka defense allowed just one goal -- Riggy Hernandez finished off a breakaway from about 12 yards out in the 15th minute.

"After we scored our first goal, we got a little overconfident," Dehza said. "But we got it together. It's exciting to keep winning playoff games."

 

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