Bucs earn 5-0 win over Colts

TENNERTON — Home-standing Buckhannon-Upshur continued their winning ways Tuesday by blanking fellow Big 10 Conference squad Philip Barbour 5-0 on the pitch.

The Bucs move to 8-3 with 5 ties on record, while the Colts slipped to 6 and 8, with 2 ties on their resume.

A commanding 18 to 4 shots on goal mark by Buckhannon paved the way for the hosts. The Bucs put in 2 goals in the first half, and kept the scoring column alive with 3 more visits past the goal line in the second half.

“Philip Barbour usually plays us physical and tough, and tonight was no different,” B-UHS coach Mike Donato said. “However, our space and movement allowed us to get around the physical play, and change our point of attack quickly with limited passes.

“We’ve also been working with our back line on pressing higher and rotating off the ball quicker, both of which we did well, particularly in the second half,” Donato said. “The biggest thing we emphasized in practice Monday was shot selection and finishing on frame. We saw some improvements on that tonight, as we were near 60 percent of total shots taken on goal. That trend will definitely need to continue.”

It was a physical game, with the Bucs picking up 14 fouls, and PB recording 12 infractions. Trevor Short picked up a yellow card in the first half with a reckless challenge call against the hosts. Cole Whited inked a yellow for dissent in the second half while on patrol for PB.

Short opened the scoring by putting Buckhannon on top for good with a 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the contest, with an assist from Ben Nolte. Ryan Hurst made it 2-0 at 15 minutes in with an assist from Joel Prats-Casado.

Zach Ward was assisted by Alek Seech for a 3-0 lead one minute into the second half. Short took a Prats-Casado assist into the net with 22 minutes left in the match, and Dawson Carpenter capped off the B-U scoring with less than 5 minutes remaining in the contest.

Logan Kelley defended the Buccaneers goal with 4 saves. Luke Burnett, with 5 stops, and Cameron Whetzel, with 8 saves, combined on keeper duties for Philip Barbour.

Buckhannon-Upshur will host Bridgeport Thursday, while PB will take on the East Fairmont Bees at George Byrer Field Thursday.