HAMLIN, W.Va. — They say good things come in threes.
The Black Knights are big believers in that saying so far this season.
The Point Pleasant boys soccer team surrendered its first three goals of the year, yet picked up its third consecutive three-goal victory on Monday night following a 6-3 decision over host Lincoln County in its first road contest of the 2017 campaign.
The Black Knights (3-0) led wire-to-wire in the 80-minute affair as the guests stormed out to a commanding 4-0 advantage at the intermission.
Alex Carlisle started the scoring with an unassisted goal in the eighth minute after finding the top right corner of the net following a 25-yard boot.
Adam Veroski took a pass from Justin Staats and buried it in the net during the 15th minute, giving PPHS a 2-0 lead.
Point Pleasant caught a lucky bounce in the 22nd minute after Cole Walker sent a low crossing pass in front of the goal, which bounced off of a Panther defender and straight into the LCHS net for a 3-0 cushion.
Veroski completed the first half scoring in the 30th minute after going left to right across the face of the goal, then booted the ball to backside for a 4-0 Black Knight edge.
Lincoln County caught a break in the 50th minute as the hosts benefited from an own goal following a corner kick, then LCHS cut the deficit in half three minutes later as Nick Adkins scored on a free kick from 35 yards out for a 4-2 contest.
The Panthers then cut the lead down to one in the 58th minute as Luke Roberts scored on a cut back, but the hosts ultimately came no closer.
Walker increased the PPHS lead back out two after burying a rebound on a deflected shot from Garrett Hatten during the 65th minute, making it a 5-3 contest.
Hatten tacked on Point’s final score in the 72nd minute after tracking down a pass from Veroski, then Hatten fired a shot of the post and followed by knocking in the rebound while wrapping up the 6-3 triumph.
The game itself turned physical as PPHS was whistled for five of the seven yellow cards in the match. Both teams also had 10 fouls apiece called on them.
The Black Knights outshot the hosts 20-8, which included a 16-4 edge in shots on goal. Point also had four of the five corner kicks in the outing.
Afterwards, PPHS coach Chip Wood was pleased with the start by his troops … and eventually the finish.
“We played a good, composed game and demonstrated that we were the dominant team for the first 40 minutes,” Wood said. “Then we had a lull in second half and Lincoln County tried to pick up the energy up and be more physical. Once we settled back down, we dominated possession again and finished off the game.
“The weather made things a little awkward out there too, but we found a way to get out of there with a win.”
Point Pleasant — which has outscored its opponents 12-3 this fall — travels to Gallia Academy on Tuesday night.
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