Bucs win Big 10 banner

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur High School boys’ soccer team officially secured the Big 10 Conference title and celebrated Senior Night with a 6-0 victory over Bridgeport Thursday night at Freal “Red’ Crites Memorial Stadium.

The Bucs are now 17-2 overall and went a perfect 12-0 in conference play.

All of the goals were scored in the second half of the contest but there was plenty of action in the first half as well.

The Bucs had several shots on goal in the first half but Indian goalkeeper Noah Rhine was up to the challenge. He was forced to make multiple saves, including a diving stop where he deflected the ball just enough so that it hit the post and was cleared.

Offensively, Bridgeport could manage only two shots before intermission but had three corner kicks. Anytime the Indians exerted pressure, B-U goalkeeper Christopher Orwig covered the ball with relative ease.

It did not take long for B-U to find the net in the second half when Dylan Hall hit a perfect cross kick to Marty Elliott who blasted it into the goal just 3 minutes into the session.

In the 47th minute, Elliott scored again on an assist from Trey Short.

Hall added two goals of his own not long after.

At the 50th minute, he lofted a shot from 30 yards out that Rhine could not reach. Two minutes later, he had the ball in the clear and kicked a clean shot to the far post.

Short collected a goal in the 56th minute when he unleashed an open shot from 25 yards out on an assist from Elliott.

The scoring concluded at the 73th minute on another Hall to Elliott strike. This time Hall executed a cross kick from the left side for the Elliott point-blank goal.

For the game, the Indians had four corner kicks to the Bucs’ three but the winners outshot Bridgeport by a 16-5 margin.

“I first want to commend the seniors we honored tonight for their commitment to the program and the sacrifices they have made,” B-U coach Mike Donato said. “During the first half, we were able to move the ball and play with good pace, but Bridgeport kept the middle tight. During halftime we made an adjustment to move the ball on the outside more to open up the middle .It worked and we got the 6 goals on just 11 shots. It was good to see Marty and Dylan keep working together and to start to build a little momentum as the season begins to wind down.”

B-U will conclude the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday at home against University.

The B-U girls, meanwhile, lost a 3-0 decision to Bridgeport in Thursday’s first game.

The Bucs (6-9-4) will entertain University at 11 a.m. on Saturday.