WESTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School soccer team cruised to the Lewis County Tournament championship played this past weekend at Robert L. Bland Middle School.
The Little Bucs defeated West Fairmont on Friday by a 2-0 score and then downed Taylor County easily by a 5-1 score for the championship Saturday.
In Friday’s contest with West Fairmont, Christian Dowell gave the Little Bucs a 1-0 lead with a goal after playing a pass from Noah Radabaugh in the 22nd minute.
Dowell iced the game away for the Little Bucs in the second half scoring on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute of action.
Carter Zuliani and the Buckhannon-Upshur defense did the rest preserving the shutout.
Zuliani made five stops in the win in net for the Little Bucs.
In the title game with Taylor County, the Little Bucs left little doubt as to who the dominant team was.
Dowell put the Little Bucs up by a 1-0 score in the eighth minute with a goal.
The assist was credited to Jonas Barton.
Five minutes later, Dowell put the Little Bucs up 2-0 finding the back of the net with a penalty kick.
Radabaugh got into the scoring act with a goal in the 22nd minute with Dowell getting the assist.
Right before the first half ended, Grafton got on the scoreboard with a goal in the 28th minute to make it a 3-1 contest.
Jackson Davis upped the Little Buc lead to 4-1 with a goal in the 37th minute.
Colton Smith was credited with the assist.
Radabaugh wrapped up the scoring for the Little Bucs with a goal in the 49th minute after playing a pass from Barton.
Zuliani turned away one shot for the Little Bucs in net
The Little Bucs ended their soccer season with a 12-1-2 record.
West Fairmont 0 0 – 0
Buckhannon-Upshur 1 1 – 2
Buckhannon-Upshur – Christian Dowell (Noah Radabaugh assist), 22nd minute.
Buckhannon-Upshur – Dowell (penalty kick), 53rd minute.
Saves – Buckhannon-Upshur: Carter Zuliani 5.
Taylor County 1 0 – 1
Buckhannon-Upshur 3 2 – 5
Buckhannon-Upshur – Christian Dowell (Jonas Barton assist), 8th minute.
Buckhannon-Upshur – Dowell (penalty kick), 13th minute.
Buckhannon-Upshur – Noah Radabaugh (Dowell assist), 22nd minute.
Taylor County – goal, 28th minute.
Buckhannon-Upshur – Jackson Davis (Colton Smith assist), 37th minute.
Buckhannon-Upshur – Radabaugh (Barton assist), 49th minute.
Saves – Buckhannon-Upshur – Carter Zuliani 1.