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Buckhannon-Upshur too much for GW; WVWC wins

September 4, 2012
Jesse Skiles - Sports Correspondent , The Inter-Mountain

Buckhannon-Upshur's girls traveled to Charleston Saturday afternoon, collecting a critical road 1-0 victory over a strong George Washington squad. The victory concluded a strong week for coach Tom Hasbrouck's squad, as they raise their overall record to 4-1.

"This was a big road win for us," Hasbrouck said. "We really played well in the first half, we controlled play and moved the ball well. We created some good chances and we were able to finish one on a counter attack play."

Brooklyn Waddell scored the game's only goal 20 minutes into the first half. She was the recipient of an assist from Hannah Stankus, who received a pass and dribbled into the box before finding an open Waddell with a touch pass for the game winner.

George Washington would apply strong pressure in the second half, but could never execute the equalizer. Buckhannon-Upshur led 10-7 in shots on goal and 8-4 in corner kicks. Lady Buc goalkeeper Kelsey Hinzman recorded six saves, while keeper Olivia Miller tallied nine for the Patriots.

Buckhannon-Upshur returns home to host Philip Barbour at 6 p.m. today. The contest was not originally scheduled as a home contest, but has been moved to B-U.

High School Boys Soccer

Shady Spring 1, Buckhannon-Upshur 0

For the second time already in the early season, Buckhannon-Upshur's boys soccer team dominated the stat sheet only to come up a goal short on the scoreboard. Saturday's heartbreaking 1-0 home loss to Shady Spring left the team with a 2-3 record and a mountain of frustration.

"We were given a lot of opportunities in this game and could not capitalize," Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Mike Donato said. "Due to an injury to Trey Short and also being without Matthew Bellamy for this game, we had to move some things around to match Shady Spring's physical style of play. We did find some combinations that worked, but just couldn't get anything to connect."

Shady's physical style of play resulted in 13 total fouls to only four for B-U. Beyond that, the Bucs managed to keep the ball on the side of the Raleigh Coutnians, peppering the goal with chances, closing the game with 12 shots on goal to only three for the Tigers. B-U also earned a total of six corner kicks, while Shady only were awarded one.

Despite the chances for the Bucs, the net was only found once and it was on the Shady side. Casey Kilmer scored via penalty kick 20 minutes into the first half.

"This was just another one of those games that you could look at every stat in the book except goals and you would be certain we won this game," Donato said. "The only goal we gave up was a bad call inside the box, but we had plenty of time to overcome that and failed to do so."

Chris Orwig produced two saves for B-U, the only shots fired at him besides the penalty kick. Jonathan Beckett turned away all 12 shots from B-U.

College Volleyball

West Virginia Wesleyan College opened its 2102 volleyball campaign over the weekend, going 3-1 against four non-conference opponents at the annual Falcon Fest Tournament on the campus of Fairmont State.

Two of the three victories came in marathon five-game matches, with coach Jackie Murphy's young squad carving wins by making plays late.

Future conference foe Notre Dame College of Ohio provided the Bobcats with an early test, and the match turned out to be a grueling five-game affair that ended up totaling 212 points played. Wesleyan fell behind in the game count twice, falling 25-19 in game one, winning game two a tight 25-23, before falling convincingly 25-17 game three. The bobcats rallied to win game four in extra points 27-25, extending the match to a game five where they were able to close the deal 15-11.

Erin Bond led the way with 15 kills followed by Korin Wengryn with 10 and Camblin Leonard nine. Renata Comaprini recorded 23 digs while setter Casey Pattyn registered 42 assists.

Wesleyan rolled in its second match of the tourney, extinguishing Edinboro of the PSAC in straight games - 25-20, 25-21, 28-26. Bond and Colleen Black each posted eight kills to lead a balanced attack. Leonard added seven kills, Comaprini 16 digs, and Wengryn a match-high three blocks in the efficient victory.

Point Park stopped the Bobcats in Saturday's first game, defeating the Bobcats in straight games - 25-18, 25-18, 25-12. Wengryn led with eight kills, complemented by six from Samantha Swann. Pattyn recorded a double-double with 19 assists and 15 digs.

Murphy's squad ended the weekend like they started it, with another five-game, 200-point plus slugfest. In the end, Wesleyan again pulled out a victory in a see-saw affair - 21-25, 25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 15-13.

Wengryn saved a big game for last, posting 20 kills and four blocks. Bond and Swann added 12 and 11 kills respectively, with Leonard adding eight and Sarah Crowder seven. Comparini reached down for 21 digs, while Pattyn was busy setting, recording 52 assists and 12 digs.

Wesleyan has four more matches on the docket for this coming weekend, traveling to the Lock Haven Invitational at Pennsylvania's Lock Haven University. It opens play in that event Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., facing Queens.

Men's Soccer

Wesleyan 4, Gannon 3

West Virginia Wesleyan's men's soccer team opened its campaign Friday afternoon in heartbreaking fashion, falling on the road to a tough Gannon squad, 4-3, in double-overtime. Gannon tied the game in the final two minutes of regulation to force extra time.

For the first 60 minutes of the contest, it was a defensive tussle. Fifteen minutes into the second half, the only tally of the night was a first half goal by Gannon's Sean Pike less than five minutes into the game.

The fireworks started from there.

Wesleyan's Daniel Smee tied the game with a goal at the 60:23 mark. Less than ten minutes later, Matthew Brown put the Bobcats on top 2-1, scoring at 69:48. Less than three minutes afterward, Gannon provided an equalizer of their own, as Robbie Bennett knotted the score 2-2.

Brown responded quickly, putting Wesleyan back on top 3-2 in the 85th minute. But Brown's apparent game-winner was not to be, as Sean Washell tied the game again at 3-3 at the 88:02 mark.

Neither team could find the net in the first overtime period, but Gannon's Haffi Bjarnson did early in the second extra period, scoring the game-winner at 105:03. Wesleyan would outshoot Gannon in shots on goal 10-7, with each team earning four corner kicks apiece. The physical contest included 37 total fouls, 18 that were called on Wesleyan and 19 on Gannon.

Wesleyan returns to action this Friday, traveling California, Pennsylvania for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

Women's Soccer

West Virginia Wesleyan's women's soccer team traveled to Pennsylvania over the weekend, finishing 0-1-1 against a pair of strong Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference schools. Wesleyan lost to Bloomsburg 1-0 on Friday, and played Shippensburg to a 1-0 draw on Sunday.

Coach Patrick Holguin's squad battled Bloomsburg on even terms of possession, but could not find the net. The two squads each materialized four shots on goal, and the bobcats earned all three corner kicks.

Bloomsburg's Tara Huber scored the game's lone goal, scoring late in the second half at the game's 77th minute. Wesleyan goalkeeper Lauren Duncan had three saves, while Bloomsburg's Danielle Fiorelli recorded four in her shutout effort.

Wesleyan would outshoot Shippensburg 5-3 in Sunday's contest, but again came up empty in terms of goals. The bobcat defense was equal to the task, as Duncan and her defense registered their first shutout of the 2012 campaign.

Holguin's squad returns to Buckhannon for their home game of the season. It will be another non-conference game against a PSAC school as California, Pa. invades for a Wednesday night 7:00 PM kickoff under the lights.



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