TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School boys soccer team opened Big 10 Conference play with a 7-0 win at Lincoln on Thursday, before returning home Saturday afternoon to battle Greenbrier East to a 1-1 deadlock at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium.
The Bucs are now 2-1-2 on the season and will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Big 10 foe Preston.
B-U used first-half goals by Joel Prats-Casado (penalty kick), Alek Seech and Zach Ward to take a 3-0 halftime lead against Lincoln.
Seech added two goals in the second half to garner a hat trick, while freshmen Ryan Hurst and Bryer Ketterman also found the back of the net.
“Alek definitely made a statement in the game,” B-U coach Mike Donato said. “Through the past few games and practice, he has really come into his own at the midfield.”
Prats-Casado, Tyler Hollen, Haven Tyson and Lane Tenney tallied assists on the night.
The Bucs held a 20-3 advantage on shots on goal, with Logan Kelley stopping three shots and Jared Nelson 13 for the Cougars.
“I’m always happy with a clean sheet, but in the first half we came out a little slow in movement and possession,” Donato said. “I felt we tried to get a little too elaborate with our movement and quit playing a simple possession game.
“Once Joel got the PK, we started to settle down and play with great two touch movement, particularly in the second half.”
The Bucs needed a late goal by senior and all-stater Trevor Short to earn Saturday’s tie.
In his first action of the season due to an injury, Short took a pass from Hollen and found the back of the net in the 76th minute.
Greenbrier East’s goal came in the 18th minute on a score by Ian Momanamy.
The Bucs held a 9-6 edge on shots on goal and each team attempted five corner kicks. Kelley had five stops for B-U in goal, while David Ickes collected eight stops for the Spartans.
“We started and finished this game very aggressive and strong,” Donato said. “We pressured high and stepped hard to every ball, creating a lot of chances early, but were unable to finish.
“We had to rely on some younger players and different rotations, but managed to stay focused and got to see what Trevor does best.”