NITRO, W.Va. — In a battle of unbeatens, only one could leave that way.
Host Nitro emphatically improved its mark to 4-0-1 this season following a 7-0 victory over the Point Pleasant boys soccer team on Wednesday night in a non-conference matchup in Kanawha County.
The visiting Black Knights (4-1) had their four-game winning streak come to a quick halt as the Wildcats received hat tricks from Zander Schmitt and Justin Mayfield while building a 6-0 advantage at the intermission.
Ben Douglas added a goal and two assists as NHS outshot Point Pleasant by a sizable 18-1 overall margin and also claimed an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Black Knights also received a red card with 16 minutes left in the first half, which gave Nitro a man advantage over the final 56 minutes of regulation. PPHS was whistled for 16 of the 21 fouls called in the contest.
It was the fourth game in five days for the Black Knights, something that might have played a small part in the final outcome.
Then again, as PPHS coach Chip Wood noted, the Wildcats were pretty solid overall.
“We played very poorly in the first half. We didn’t pay attention to our defensive positioning and we gave up too much space for their central players early on, allowing them too much time to create,” Wood said. “I was disappointed in our effort early on as a group, but we were playing our fourth game in five days against a state semi-finalist from last year that only lost a couple of players. Nitro really looked like the more experienced team tonight.”
The Black Knights had previously outscored its opponents 16-3 — which includes three shutouts — before suffering their first goalless game of the year.
Point Pleasant will have about a week off before returning to action Tuesday when it hosts Belpre at 7 p.m.