BUCKHANNON - After two tough losses to begin the season, Buckhannon-Upshur found the win column Saturday afternoon, producing an efficient 3-0 victory over the visiting Musselman Applemen.
The balanced attack included three different Bucs finding the net, and two goalkeepers leading the defensive effort in their first shutout of the season.
"Today was a fantastic team effort," B-U coach Mike Donato said. "We spent a lot of time perfecting our execution and game management, which showed a huge return on two of our goals."
Dylan Hall put the Bucs on the board early, scoring just seven minutes into the contest. He found the net off a Justin Walton corner kick, beating the Apple keeper off the back post. At the 26-minute mark, the lead was extended to 2-0 when Trey Short scored from 25 yards out off a direct free kick.
Playing "add-on" soccer, B-U produced an insurance goal just three minutes into the second half. Marty Eliot recorded the day's final tally, scoring off an assist from Short.
B-U also held a statistical edge in the contest, outshooting the Applemen in shots on goal, 7-6, and earning eight corner kicks to only one for Musselman. The aggressive Bucs committed 11 fouls on the day, with Musselman getting called for six.
"The midfielders did a great job not only being more aggressive on the attack, but more importantly, coming back on their recovery runs," Donato said.
Goalkeepers Chris Orwig and Cam Blake combined to register the shutout, along with a teamwork-effort defensively. Orwig tallied four keeper saves, with Blake producing two. Musselman keeper Michael Martin recorded four saves.
"Chris and Cam were right there to make some excellent saves," Donato said. "Another thing I was impressed with was our rotations and movement without the ball; especially between our center midfielders and defenders."
B-U entertains Robert C. Byrd at 8 p.m. on Wednesday for a Big 10 Conference contest.
GW 1, Elkins 0
CHARLESTON - Noah Miller scored the goal of the game to lead George Washington past Elkins 1-0 Saturday in non-conference action.
Graham Platz had the assists for the Patriots.
George Washington outshot the Tigers 9-0 in the contest and held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Tyler Gray had five keeper saves in goal for Elkins.
Adam Haddix, Cord Elmer and Jacob Schoonover each had non-keeper save for the Tigers.
"We spent a lot of time on the defensive end again in the game but continued to struggle to generate dangerous offensive chances," Elkins coach Andy Montgomery said. "The two narrow misses would have changed the flow of the game but couldn't find the net.
"I'm proud of the way we battled and hope we can work in practice this week to make our offense come to life."
Elkins (2-2-1) hosts rival Philip Barbour at 8 p.m. Thursday for a Big 10 Conference matchup.
PB 3, Notre Dame 0
PHILIPPI - Philip Barbour blanked Notre Dame 3-0 Saturday in prep soccer play.
Quentin Mouser, Scott Nesland and Saige Cline found the net for the Colts, who improved to 3-0-1. Tyler Schiefelbein had three saves in goal.
Philip Barbour travels to Pocahontas County today.