Buckhannon Upshur High School defeated Musselman High School in boys soccer 2-0 on Aug. 31.
The Bucs scored both of their goals during the first half. Matthew McCoy scored the first strike off an assist from Trey Short at the 27 minute mark. Marty Elliot added the second goal at the 29 minute mark on an assist from Dylan Hall. During the contest Hall also drew a penalty card for unsportsman-like conduct.
"We spent the week in practice working on diagonal runs and balancing our attack, two things we were lacking in our last game," B-U coach Mike Donato said. "Our attack came from all over the field, keeping their defense guessing. Although we were able to create a lot of opportunities, a lot of our shots didn't get on frame. Dylan was all over the field tonight. He made sure to be back to keep our backs in line, but had a lot of chances in the attacking third. Lucas Gullo stepped up for us today as well. Due to a few injuries, Gullo had to step in and play stopper and had a big game. We also had to call on Dane Seech to fill in as an outside back who had a great game as well."
Defensively, goalkeeper Chris Orwig recorded five saves for the Bucs. Goalie Michael Martin had seven saves for the Applemen. Overall, Buckhannon had nine shots on goal to Musselman's five attempts.
The Philip Barbour Colts defeated Keyser 5-0 in boys soccer on Aug. 31. The win brings the Colt's record to 2-2.
PBHS Coach Ron Jones said he is pleased with his team's performance. Sophomore midfielder Nick Triplet lead the scoring for the Colts with two goals. Also finding the net for the Colts were Senior midfielder Micah Shahan, who scored on a penalty kick, along with junior midfielder Marcus Long and sophomore forward Travis Booth.
"This game gave us a chance to experiment with different players, formations, and strategy," Jones said. "It seems we may be closer to using a dynamic which suits us better than the season start. We made the mistake of trying to play last season's game and fill in for the three seniors we lost. The key we've found is to throw out the old and start over with a new set based on current talent."
Junior goalie Dylan Westfall made seven saves for the shutout. During the game the Colts had 16 shots on goal to Keyser's seven attempts.
The Colts play in Grafton tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m.