Colts race past Tigers, 5-2

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tony Baisi Elkins’ Liam Gongola (31) battles Philip Barbour’s Ben McDaniel, left, and Ethan Gregory for possession during Tuesday’s match at the George Byrer Field at BC Bank Park.

PHILIPPI — Philip Barbour peppered Elkins with 22 shots on goal to nab a 5-2 win over the Tigers Tuesday in a Big 10 Conference and sectional rivalry contest on George Byrer Field at BC Bank Park.

On senior night, the Colts dominated time of possession substantially over the first 40:00 to take a 2-0 lead at the break.

The Tigers cut the deficit to 2-1 early into the second half and later trailed by just one goal, at 3-2.

“I thought we played really well and as a team,” first-year PB mentor Will Gregory said. “It was nice to see us move the ball, and we are at our best when we get the ball off our foot to a teammate. I thought we had control of the match, but we let up there for a bit and just kept playing long.

“Even though we have speed, that’s (playing long) not what we want to do. That just wears us out and gets us out of shape and lets the opponent counter.”

Noah Ward tapped on the door with a shot in the first half’s 11-minute mark that was blocked by EHS keeper Greyson Howell before fellow senior Tanner Faulkiner cleaned it up to give PB a 1-0 lead it would not relinquish.

Later in the half, Ethan Gregory pushed the ball out in front where Caleb Shipley tracked it down and dribbled in for a soft finish that extended the lead to 2-0.

Elkins earned a corner-kick try with 10:00 left in the first half and it resulted in Liam Gongola punching it into the south goal to pull EHS to within one, at 2-1.

Near the halfway mark of time left in regulation, Shipley sent the leather down field where Ward gathered it and took it on in for a 3-1 PB lead.

With 15:29 left in the match, the Tigers cut back into the deficit again when Austin Elliott slipped one past Colts keeper Cameron Whetzel to make it 3-2. Shipley scored his second goal of the night later with nifty moves down the right side to set up a close range dagger with under 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Philip Barbour wasted little time in adding an insurance goal in the 72nd minute when Shipley found an open Dakota Taylor for the senior to cap the scoring at the Colts’ Corral with a successful boot from 13 yards away from the north end-zone netting.

Totals for both squads included PBHS with 22 shots on goal to Elkins’ three.

Howell played well under fire, collecting 17 saves for the Tigers. Whetzel recorded a solo stop, and Philip Barbour edged the visitors, 7-5, in corner-kick opportunities from the flagstick.

The Colts (9-5) will be on the road Thursday to face Big 10 foe Lewis County.

Elkins (7-8-4) will host senior night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Buckhannon-Upshur.

On Monday, the Tigers hosted Pendleton County for a make-up contest.

The Tigers claimed an 11-1 victory as Devan Fletcher and Liam Gongola both recorded hat tricks.

Other Tigers scoring goals were Aaron Elliott, Austin Elliott, Greyson Howell, Eli Mullenex and Sahavit Chunuan.