Elkins remained undefeated in Big 10 Conference soccer play with a 2-0 win over Fairmont Senior Tuesday night at EHS.
The EHS girls, meanwhile, suffered a 4-1 setback.
In the boys' game, Chris Bodkin and Trey Westerfeld scored the goals for Elkins, which improved to 6-4 overall and 4-0 in league games. The Tigers outshot Fairmont 7-2 and held a 2-0 advantage in corner kicks. Goalie Tyler Gray had two saves for Elkins while David Childers had four stops in the goal for Fairmont Senior (4-3, 2-2).
The Inter-Mountain photo by Ben Simmons
Elkins’ Megan Morral battles a Fairmont Senior player for possession during Big 10 Conference soccer play Tuesday night at EHS. The Tigers lost the match, 4-1.
"The first half was very even but we found an energy at halftime that allowed us to get the win," Elkins coach Andy Montgomery said. "It was great to see that hunger and a great team effort."
Montgomery attributed much of the team's success to defensive play.
"Our defense has been strong all year," Montgomery said. "The five in the defensive unit, Gray in goal, (Dalton) Bobes and (Adam) Haddix in the center and (Alex) Edwards and (Aaron) Lee on the wings have been so consistent and they hardly ever leave the field. We trust them and rely on them. Once again, in this game, they played well and disrupted what Fairmont tried to do. It's very comforting to have them in the back."
In the girls' matchup, four goals scored in the first half were too much for the Tigers to overcome against the Polar Bears.
Fairmont Senior opened the scoring when Avery Towns netted a penalty kick early in the game. The Polar Bears grabbed another quick score when Ivey Nucilli found the net.
Elkins fired back when sophomore Hailea Harper scored the Tigers' only goal, making the score 2-1. However, the Polar Bear offense was too much as Gabby Mascaro and Tressa Bonasso added scores before halftime. The second half was a deadlock on defense, as neither team could find the goal.
"I don't the score indicates the way we played," EHS coach Scott Cutright said. "We kept possession most of the game, it was just a few technical things that we have to fix. A few breakdowns gave them some opportunities and they finished those opportunities with scores. They are a good team and we played well against them."
The next contest for both Elkins teams is set for Thursday at East Fairmont. The girls' game is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 8 p.m.