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Lady Buccaneers fall in semifinals

November 7, 2012
By Jesse Skiles Sports Correspondent , The Inter-Mountain

CHARLESTON - Buckhannon-Upshur's magical 2012 girls soccer season came to an end on Tuesday afternoon as the Lady Bucs suffered a 3-0 loss to Winfield in the semifinals of the Class AAA state tournament.

B-U ends the season with the most wins in school history at 22-2.

The Lady Generals, who improve to 20-1-2, advance to the state title game and will face George Washington today.

"We just got outplayed today by a good team," Buckhannon-Upshur coach Tom Hasbrouck said. "They were a fast team and I felt our conditioning was not what it has been in the second half. I do not want to make any excuses, but not getting to practice outside since the storm, definitely had some effect on us."

Winfield scored early on by getting a goal from freshman Katie Bryant.

Buckhannon-Upshur appeared to tie the game just minutes later, finding the net on a goal that was nullified by an offsides call. A later breakaway possibility in the half was also called offsides.

"Both of those were close, it is really hard to say," Hasbrouck said.

Buckhannon-Upshur created several opportunities throughout the second half and goalkeeper Kelsey Hinzman made some nice saves, stopping other Winfield opportunities.

Any hopes of a Buckhannon-Upshur comeback faded with 10:15 left in regulation when Emily Cole's score put Winfield ahead, 2-0.

Jayne Lawman added an additional tally with only 12 seconds remaining to cap off the scoring in the contest.

Winfield held a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal. Hinzman collected seven saves in net for the Lady Bucs.

"Our girls had a good year and this group of seniors had a run that was very special," Hasbrouck said. "They're really sad and down right now, but they have a lot to be proud of. I told them that if this loss is the worst thing that ever happens to them, then they'll be alright."

Buckhannon-Upshur's talented senior class closes its career with a 71-12-2 record.



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