Lady Tigers stumble in Bridgeport

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tony Baisi Elkins High School sophomore Alyssa Severino gathers the ball in scoring territory at Bridgeport on Tuesday.

BRIDGEPORT — The Elkins High Lady Tigers came back from two goals down to tie the game Tuesday, but couldn’t hold off a late rally from Bridgeport to earn the victory.

The Indians captured a 3-2 win over Elkins in Big 10 Conference soccer action.

“It was a little disappointing,” EHS coach Scott Cutright said. “Our play was a little inconsistent tonight. We came out and didn’t play well the first half. Bridgeport beat us to a lot of 50/50 balls and pretty much dictated the pace in the first half. Then the girls responded in the second half and it took a little bit.

“We got two quick goals to tie things up. It looked like we had some momentum going our way and then it shifted again and Bridgeport had the game winner.”

Bridgeport’s Madison Ware found the net at the 17-minute mark to make the score 1-0, where it stayed until halftime. BHS opened the second half with a quick goal to make the lead 2-0.

Taylor Phillips, a junior, collects a runner that could be a goal kick, and elects to punt the ball instead for the Lady Tigers.

Elkins answered back when Nonee High converted an assist from Caitlin Weese into a goal. Less than 3 minutes later, High scored again off an assist from Sofia Triplett to tie the game 2-2.

Bridgeport’s Anna Cava scored the go-ahead goal at the 21 minute mark to give the Lady Indians the victory.

“We kind of just struggled to find the way we have been playing,” Cutright said. “I thought we had two good weeks earlier. We played some tough games and got some good wins. Coming into Bridgeport and not playing as consistent as we have been was kind of disappointing. We just have to move on from here. Our final week is next week with Senior Night on Tuesday and a big rivalry game with Buckhannon on Thursday.”

Elkins (11-5-1) will have a few days of rest before returning to action next Tuesday to host Philip Barbour on Senior Night. The team will then close out the regular season schedule on Thursday at Buckhannon-Upshur and begin sectional play the following week.