TENNERTON - Buckhannon-Upshur posted a critical Big 10 Conference victory Tuesday night, snaring a hard-fought 4-2 win over rival Elkins.
"In typical Buckhannon-Upshur-Elkins fashion, this one got physical early," Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Mike Donato said. "We were telling our guys all day yesterday and during the game tonight, that our word was composure."
Dylan Hall scored the game's initial goal, following in an attempt teammate Trey Short at the 21 minute mark. Just six minutes before the half, Marty Elliot extended the B-U advantage to 2-0 with a one-timer off an assist from Matthew Bellamy.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Elkins High School’s Jacob Schoonover looks to get past Buckhannon-Upshur’s Lukas Samargo, left, and Josh Tenney Tuesday night in the Buccaneers’ 4-2 win in Tennerton.
Tommy Cain helped Elkins cut the deficit in half three minutes into the second stanza, making the Bucs pay for an uncleared ball and scoring from 30 yards out.
B-U responded with a pair of goals as a Bellamy tally off Short's second assist on the evening made it 3-1. Hall then gave the Bucs a three-goal advantage with four minutes remaining in the contest.
Jacob Schoonover found the back of the net in the 78th minute on a breakaway goal for Elkins to end the scoring in the contest.
"We had two goals scored tonight from seniors," Elkins head coach Andy Montgomery said. "We didn't take advantage of the chances we were presented. We came up against a little faster team that had a more coordinated attack tonight."
Buckhannon-Upshur led in shots on goal 13-7, but the Elkins pressure earned six of the evening's eight scorner kicks.
Tyler Gray recorded nine saves in goal for the Tigers, while B-U keeper Chris Orwig had five.
Elkins falls to 7-7-2 overall and 5-4-1 in the league. The Tigers return home Thursday to host RCB on Senior Night.
Buckhannon-Upshur improves to 11-7 with the win and will travel to Bridgeport the same night.
Philip Barbour 4, Liberty 1
PHILIPPI - Philip Barbour defeated Liberty 4-1 Tuesday night in Big 10 Conference action at George Byrer Field.
Matt Crickard, Saige Cline, Ben Ball and Tyler Schiefelbein all had goals for the Colts, who improve to 9-8-1 on the season.
Philip Barbour will visit rival Grafton on Thursday for another conference matchup.
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Buckhannon-Upshur 4, Elkins 1
TENNERTON - Hannah Stankus had two goals to lead Buckhannon-Upshur past rival Elkins 4-1 Tuesday night in Big 10 Conference action.
The Lady Buccaneers (17-1) got on the scoreboard first when Emily Godwin scored off an assists from Brooklyn Waddell at the 38 minute mark.
The Lady Bucs extended the lead to 2-0 seven minutes into the second half when Stankus scored off a pass from Waddell.
Taylor Starkey made it 3-0 when she scored off an assists from Jessica Feronti with 13 minutes left in the game.
Elkins (4-9-2) cut the deficit to 3-1 when Brianna Swecker scored an unassisted goal with nine minutes left in regulation.
The Lady Bucs ended the scoring when Stankus scored with two minutes left in the game to make it 4-1. Godwin was credited with the assist on the goal.
Buckhannon-Upshur outshot Elkins 12-3 in the contest and held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Kelsey Hinzman had two keeper saves in goal for the Lady Bucs.
"It definitely was not a thing of beauty, but we stayed patient and took the ball at the Elkins defense," Buckhannon-Upshur coach Tom Hasbrouck said. "Elkins confused us at first when they came out and packed in the defense. For most of the game they didn't even try to mount an attack. We were able to figure out how to beat their defense at halftime and the girls created more scoring opportunities in the second."
Charlie George had eight keeper saves in goal for the Lady Tigers.
"Our goal tonight was to slow down their offense," Elkins coach Scott Cutright said. "We put 11 people back on defense, because we had one goal tonight, and that was to limit B-U to less than five goals. I'm proud of how the girls played this evening."
Elkins will entertain Robert C. Byrd for Senior Night on Thursday.
Buckhannon-Upshur will travel to Bridgeport on for another league tilt the same night.
Game time is slated for 6 p.m.