Buccaneers fall, 2-1

TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur took a 1-0 lead into intermission Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as George Washington High School blanked the Bucs during the second half in order to secure a 2-1 victory on the pitch in Class AAA prep soccer action.

“There’s a lot to be said about going toe to toe and even holding a lead against a top-quality opponent in GW,” B-UHS coach Mike Donato said. “I was very pleased with our ability to move the ball and create chances. We stepped up and put on a lot of pressure and forced them to play on limited touches. However, the few mistakes we made, GW was able to capitalize on. Unfortunately, we couldn’t capitalize on all of our chances and came up just short.”

Ryan Hurst put the Buccaneers on the board first at 19 minutes into the match when his initial shot ricocheted off the post and he then put the rebound away with a far post finish. The Patriots made things level 19 minutes into the second half when Chance Anderson used a poor clearance by B-U defenders and capitalized on an opportunity from inside the goal box with a near post goal to tie the game at 1-1. Noah Shaak capped the scoring for GWHS in the seventy-second when he put a keeper deflection in the back of the net for the match winning goal.

George Washington doubled the Bucs up, 8-4, in shots on goal, and Buckhannon earned twice as many corner kick opportunities with a 4-2 count. The visitors outfouled B-U 14-11, while yellow cards were issued to Buckhannon-Upshur’s Joel Prats-Casada for delay of game, and Kole Kessler for a reckless challenge with one minute remaining in the contest.

Logan Kelley racked up 6 saves while in net for B-U, and Cohen Burgess notched 3 stops for the Pats.

In junior varsity matters, Buckhannon trailed 2-0 at the half, cut the deficit to 1 goal in the second, but fell just short as GW took a 3-2 win. Goals for the Bucs were scored by Tyler Sandreth from 20 yards out, and Ryan Hurst with a far post finish. Coleman Shreve collected 5 saves at the keeper spot for B-UHS.

Buckhannon-Upshur now has 3 wins, 2 losses and 3 ties, and will return to Big 10 Conference action against the Bearcats in Grafton Tuesday.