Philip Barbour, B-U boys post soccer victories
RIDGLEY – Philip Barbour opened the season with a 2-0 win over Frankfort on Saturday.
Colts head coach Ron Jones said his team played a very “balanced” game and he is “pleased” with the performance. During the contest, senior Nick Triplett scored the first goal at the 14-minute mark of the first half. Junior Isaiah Summerfield added the second goal with 5:00 left in regulation.
“Our kids played very well,” Jones said. “It was probably the best my team has ever communicated. I’ve been trying to give the captains more authority and the seniors more responsibility to make calls on the field.”
The Colts dominated the game with 15 shots on goal compared to five attempted by the Falcons. However, Jones said the deciding factor was his team’s ability to control the pace of the game from the middle of the field.
“Our defense is good and tight,” Jones said. “It’s a beautiful thing. We stuffed them at midfield. Ben Ball and Shay Mitchell did an excellent job on defense and kept the ball from crossing midfield most of the match. Not much gets past those guys.”
In the net, goalkeepers Micah Shahan and Triplett combined to keep Frankfort scoreless. Shahan played in the goal during the first half and Triplett minded the net in the second half.
“I thought the goalkeeping was excellent,” Jones said. “I hope they can continue to play this well all season.”
The Colts will host Pocahontas County at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
B-U 16, Brooke 1
WELLSBURG – Buckhannon-Upshur’s offense was on target early and often as the Bucs opened the season with a 16-1 win over Brooke on Saturday.
Dylan Hall and Marty Elliot each had four goals for B-U, while Josh Tenney and Dakota McCartney added a pair of goals. Other goal scorers included Jacob Kennedy, Lucas Gullo, Matt McCoy and Christian Hamrick.
It’s difficult to pinpoint the efforts of just a one or a few players when we had 80 minutes of complete team soccer,” Buc coach Mike Donato said. “We wanted to set the tone of the game early and I believe we did that. Our game plan was to come out fast and and utilize the outside of the field, and with most of our goals coming from crosses, we accomplished that.
“Our reserves and (junior varsity) players got to see a lot of time today. Big parts of each half were spent placing them near a varsity player to learn where to position themselves, timing their runs and how and where to recover.”
Chris Orwig has two saves in net for B-U, which held a 31-3 advantage on shots on goal.
The Bucs will host Morgantown at 8 p.m. on Tuesday for a non-conference contest.