BECKLEY – The Buckhannon-Upshur soccer Bucs ran into a buzz saw on the road Tuesday evening when they squared off against the Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles.
The Bucs were outshot by a 19-3 margin and wound up losing a 5-0 decision.
Woodrow Wilson scored three goals in a five-minute flurry between the 12th minute and 17th minute for a 3-0 lead at the half then added two more goals in the second half.
Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Mike Donato said that Woodrow Wilson’s depth was too much for his Bucs to overcome.
“The bottom line is we just got fatigued,” stated Donato. “The first 10-15 minutes of each half we were able to run stride for stride with them and built a little bit of possession. However Woodrow Wilson is a very deep team and was able to sub in five to six guys every few minutes and keep fresh legs on the pitch. With our roster size and depth were not currently built to keep up with that. In the end, they ended up using 24 total players to our 15, and even though our guys went hard and challenged every ball, if a team is able to rotate like that and not drop off that’s hard to keep up with.”
Woodrow Wilson’s Michael Fayiah scored the first Flying Eagle goal with an assist going to Connor Mollohan in the 12th minute, then three minutes later Mollohan cleaned up a loose ball on a corner kick for a score and Coby Dillon tallied an unassisted goal just inside the penalty area two minutes later to treat them to their 3-0 lead.
Tyler Snyder and Ishmael Fayiah had the second-half goals for Woodrow Wilson.
The Bucs trailed in corner kicks by a 6-1 margin.
Buckhannon-Upshur was guilty of four fouls while Woodrow Wilson was called for nine.
Dalton Auvil made 14 stops in net for B-U while Nick Gunner made three saves for the Flying Eagles.
“I give Dalton a lot of credit as that game could have been worse,” concluded Donato. “He made some critical saves that kept things close for a while including saving a penalty kick.”
Woodrow Wilson improved to 4-0-3 on the year.
The loss dropped the Bucs to 3-6-1.
They will return to the pitch Thursday hosting Fairmont Senior at 5:30 p.m. The Polar Bears will enter the game with a 7-0-2 record.
Buckhannon-Upshur 0 0 – 0
Woodrow Wilson 3 2 – 5
Woodrow Wilson – Michael Fayiah (Connor Mollohan assist), 12th minute.
Woodrow Wilson – Mollohan (unassisted), 15th minute.
Woodrow Wilson – Coby Dillon (unassisted), 17th minute.
Woodrow Wilson – Tyler Snyder (M. Fayiah assist), 58th minute.
Woodrow Wilson – Ishmael Fayiah (unassisted), 63rd minute.
Shots-on-goal – Buckhannon-Upshur: 3; Woodrow Wilson: 19.
Corner kicks – Buckhannon-Upshur: 1; Woodrow Wilson: 6.
Fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 4; Woodrow Wilson: 9.
Saves – Buckhannon-Upshur: Dalton Auvil 14; Woodrow Wilson: Nick Gunner 3.