TENNERTON – Matt McCoy and Marty Elliot each tallied two goals to lead Buckhannon-Upshur to a 9-2 win over Philip Barbour Tuesday night in Big 10 Conference play.
The Bucs jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the first six minutes of the contest on scores by McCoy and Elliot.
Isaiah Summerfield cut the deficit to 2-1 when he scored off an assist from Travis Booth at the 11:00 mark.
But the Bucs answered with two quick scores by Trey Short and Elliot to regain a 4-1 edge.
Summerfield’s second goal – this one on a penalty kick – brough the Colts back to 4-2 at the 30:00 juncture.
Goals by Josh Tenney and Jordan Thomas then made it 6-2 at halftime.
B-U added goals by McCoy, Justin Walton and Lukas Samargo in the second half.
The Bucs held an 18-5 advantage on shots on goal. Chris Orwig tallied five saves for the winners, while Dylan Westfall had nine stops for Philip Barbour.
“This was a very intense and physical game,” B-U coach Mike Donato said. “Phillip Barbour plays very fast up top and took advantage of some defensive miscues in the first half, but our main goal in the second half was to simplify our play and not give up any goals.
“Our defense made fewer mistakes and played a lot smarter in the second half.”
Donato also praised Elliot for his play.
“Marty played his best game of the year tonight. He checked hard on all his runs and made every play that was asked of him. He was directly involved in four of our goals, and played a role in two others.”
B-U (4-1-0) will be back in action Thursday at at Lincoln, while the Colts (2-5-1) will visit Robert C. Byrd on the same night.