TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur soccer Buccaneers ended a three-game slide with a 2-0 victory over East Fairmont at home Tuesday evening.
“We had some adjustments due to more injuries, but I felt once we got settled in at the start of the second half we played much better,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Mike Donato. “I’ll give East Fairmont credit, they put a lot of pressure on us in the first half and controlled possession but we had some solid defending from our back line.”
The Bucs took a 1-0 lead in the first half when Noah Radabaugh played a long throw in from Caleb Haney and scored with a shot to the near post in the 29th minute.
The game remained at 1-0 until the 78th minute when Tim Snyder iced the game for the Bucs when he came upon a through ball that deflected off of a Bee defender and scored with a shot to the finish to the back post after East Fairmont keeper Nick Myers took a poor angle on it.
East Fairmont held a 7-5 lead in shots-on-goal but Buckhannon-Upshur owned a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The Bucs were guilty of four fouls while East Fairmont was called for five.
Dalton Auvil made seven saves in net for the Bucs while Myers made three stops for the Bees.
“There were some great saves by Dalton to keep us in it,” said Donato.
The win improved the Bucs to 4-8-1 on the year.
“I really felt we came together and executed our game plan much better in the second half and saw some great hustle and play from the whole team,” concluded Donato. “I give a lot of credit to our seniors as they played their last regular season home game tonight. They stepped up big along with everyone for a great team win.”
The Bucs have six games remaining with all six on the road.
They will be back in action Thursday at Robert C. Byrd.
The game will begin at 6 p.m.
East Fairmont 0 0 – 0
Buckhannon-Upshur 1 1 – 2
Buckhannon-Upshur – Noah Radabaugh (Caleb Haney assist), 29th minute.
Buckhannon-Upshur – Tim Snyder (unassisted), 78th minute.
Shots-on-goal – East Fairmont: 7; Buckhannon-Upshur: 5.
Corner kicks – East Fairmont: 0; Buckhannon-Upshur: 4.
Fouls – East Fairmont: 5; Buckhannon-Upshur: 4.
Saves – East Fairmont: Nick Myers 3; Buckhannon-Upshur: Dalton Auvil 7.