TENNERTON - It may take a while for the Lady Bucs' engine to get going, but when it gets revved up, it explodes. For the second consecutive game, Buckhannon-Upshur labored through the early minutes only to begin scoring goals in rapid-fire fashion Wednesday night.
B-U scored five goals in a 10-minute span late in the first half, setting the tone for a convincing 7-0 home victory over Big 10 Conference foe Robert C. Byrd. Hannah Stankus was the key offensive player on the night, scoring three of her game-high four goals during the first half surge.
"It seems like it takes a while to get going, and a lot of that is the timing with our passes early on," Buckhannon-Upshur coach Tom Hasbrouck said. "We started slowly in the Musselman game last Saturday also, but once we broke through, the offense began producing."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Buckhannon-Upshur’s Lindsey Beets looks to get past Robert C. Byrd’s Eryn Dumire Wednesday night the Lady Buccaneers’ 7-0 win in Tennerton.
Lindsey Beets opened the scoring 26 minutes into the contest, scoring unassisted goal off a rebound. From there, the goals came quick.
Stankus delivered explosively, finding the net three times in the next four minutes. The first came off a corner kick from Emily Godwin that was touched to Stankus from Haley Ware.
The second was an unassisted rebound off the Lady Eagles' goalkeeper, and the final tally of the onslaught was a combo from Beets and Jessica Feronti. Godwin closed the half's scoring off an assist from Brooklyn Waddell.
B-U added two second-half goals. Stankus scored her final tally of the night on a through ball from Godwin, who scored the final goal on a cross from Beets.
Kelsey Hinzman collected three saves in goal for the Lady Bucs, stopping each chance from the Lady Eagles as B-U outshout RCB 16-3. The Lady Bucs also led in corner kicks, 8-1. Robert C. Byrd goalkeeper Victoria Carvelli gathered eight saves.
Buckhannon-Upshur will hit the road Saturday to face Class AAA power George Washington in a key non-conference game at noon.
The Lady Bucs improved to 3-1 overall with the win. RCB falls to 2-3 on the season.
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TENNERTON?- Buckhannon-Upshur's defense produced its second consecutive shutout Wednesday night, stifling Big 10 Conference foe Robert C. Byrd for a tight 1-0 victory. B-U shutout Musselman Saturday, 3-0.
"This one was a total team effort," Buckhannon-Upshur coach Mike Donato said. "We were under a lot of pressure through most of the first half, and we did a great job of making plays and getting the ball cleared. And at the end, Chris (Orwig) saved us in goal."
Indeed, Orwig made two critical saves in the last five minutes of regulation, stopping shots from point-blank range. The final save came was a missile from only eight yards out with one minute remaining in the contest.
"You have to give RCB a lot of credit," Donato said. "They have some speed and athleticism, and they played a fast game."
B-U held its own in the first half and scored the game's lone goal in the 12th minute. Marty Elliott delivered a strong shot from 18 yards out off an assist from Josh Tenney.
In the second half, the ball spent most of the time on the B-U side, as Orwig and his defense withstood a constant flow of pressure. In the end, RCB won the statistical battle, outshooting the Bucs 10-7.
The Eagles had five corner kicks to only one for Buckhannon-Upshur. RCB's Cory Carvelli produced six saves, while Orwig snared 10.
The win was a bit of poetic justice for B-U. In their season opener against Brooke, the Bucs were on the opposite end of a similar contest, muscling the stat sheet and producing more shots, but falling a goal short on the scoreboard.
"We committed to staying tight defensively in the second half," Donato said. "They made some adjustments on us and we countered with some moves to answer that. Our kids did a good job of hustling and making the plays they had to."
Buckhannon-Upshur improves to 2-2 on the season and will remain home to face Shady Spring on Saturday. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.