EHS boys come up just short, 3-2

By Ben Simmons

For The Inter-Mountain

WEIRTON — Caleb Shipley scored a pair of goals Saturday but it wasn’t enough to help Elkins pull off a victory in the season opener against the Red Riders. The Tigers fell to Weir High School, 3-2, in boys varsity soccer action on the road.

“For being the first game, I thought we did extremely well,” EHS coach Michael Sfameni said. “I was very pleased with how we moved the ball and just our overall level of fitness right now. It’s pretty good. Our technical skills are very good. I’m seeing a lot of good things. The only bad things are, we have so many people hurt and we have people who haven’t made their 14 practices yet. We’re not at full strength yet. So for the first game, I was very pleased.

“The Weir team we played was extremely good. They only lost three players from last year. That gives me a pretty good indication of where we need to be. If we’re coming out and we’re playing them and we’re chucking ahead 2-0, then I can’t complain. If it wasn’t for the injuries, I think it would have been a completely different game.”

Shipley scored two goals in the first half to put EHS up 2-0. Assists on the goals came from Jared Parsons and Ethan Sutton. Unfortunately, just before halftime, Weir snuck a goal past the Elkins keeper to make the score 2-1 at the intermission. Weir remained hot in the second half, tying the game up 2-2, then going ahead for good with about 6 minutes remaining in the contest.

“The first half we played extremely well,” Sfameni said. “What really killed us in the second half, we had two defensive starters get hurt. It was also extremely hot. It was about 85 degrees up there and we played on turf, so add another 20 degrees, so it felt like it was about 105 degrees with the sun beating down on us. They were just wore out. What really killed us was the heat and injuries.”

Elkins (0-1) is set to return to action Tuesday when the team hosts South Harrison at 7:30 p.m.