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Tigers get past Mountaineers in an offensive battle

Austin Elliott and Fletcher each score two goals in 6-4 win

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Elkins’ Aaron Elliott attempts to move around Liberty defender Hayden Atkins on Tuesday night.

ELKINS — Austin Elliott and Devan Fletcher scored two goals apiece to help power Elkins to a 6-4 win over Liberty Tuesday night in Big 10 Conference play at EHS Field.

The Tigers (3-2, 2-0 Big 10) struck first blood in the contest when Max Jackson gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with a goal 10 minutes into the match.

One minute later, David Gongola found the back of the net again for Elkins as the hosts carried a 2-0 advantage into the half.

The Mountaineers cut the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half before Elliott scored his first goal of the evening to push the Tigers’ lead back out to a two-goal advantage.

Liberty answered back with another score, but Elliott and Fletcher scored two more goals for Elkins within two minutes apart to make it 5-2 with 8 minutes remaining in regulation.

The Mountaineers again battled back with two straight scores to cut the deficit to 5-4.

However, Fletcher’s second goal of the game with two minutes remaining in regulation iced the win for the Tigers.

“I was proud of the way our guys played tonight,” Elkins coach Michael Sfameni said. “Every time Liberty scored, we would fight back with a goal of our own to answer.

“We just kept battling. All the scoring was exciting for our offense, but our defense was a little sloppy in the second half.

“Thank goodness we had enough juice on the offensive side to keep scoring.”

Elkins held a 9-8 advantage in shots-on-goal.

Tiger goalkeeper Tobias Cooper tallied four saves in a winning effort for the hosts.

Liberty, meanwhile, had a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.

Elkins will return to action at 8 p.m. on Thursday when it travels to Lincoln for another Big 10 Conference clash.

The Tigers will play back-to-back non-conference home games after Thursday’s matchup.

They will face Musselman at 6 p.m. on Friday and then square off against Oak Hill at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.