Soccer Buccaneers come up just short against Polar Bears in 1-0 setback

Buckhannon-Upshur’s Ryan Hurst (12) battles Fairmont Senior’s Carson Mundell (14) for a loose ball during their contet Tuesday evening at the high school. The Bucs dropped a 1-0 decision to the Polar Bears.

TENNERTON – If you enjoy the game of soccer, then you probably enjoyed watching the Buckhannon-Upshur – Fairmont Senior contest Tuesday evening at Ted Crites Alumni Field at Tom Hasbrouck Stadium.

Unfortunately, though if you were a Buccaneer fan, you probably were quite as pleased with the final result.

With a game between two of the top teams in the state, the Polar Bears eked out a 1-0 win over the Buccaneers with a late second-half goal.

That goal came in the 70th minute off the foot of Jonas Branch who dribbled to the center and split a pair of B-U defenders and scored with a shot to the far post.

“That's about as good of a high school soccer game you will see in the state,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Mike Donato. “Fairmont Senior is probably the favorite to repeat as AA/A champions so we knew he had quite a challenge, but with the adjustments we made based on Saturday and a great practice on Monday we were more than ready. I couldn't have asked for a better effort from our team tonight, particularly in the second half.”

The Bucs were outshot by a 10-4 margin but owned a 4-2 lead in corner kicks.

Both teams were guilty of five fouls.

B-U keeper Dalton Auvil made nine saves for the Bucs while Fairmont Senior keeper Eli Day turned away four shots.

The win improved Fairmont Senior to 8-1 on the season.

The Bucs dropped to 5-2-1 on the season.

They will return to action today when they host East Fairmont at 5:30 p.m. and then travel to Greenbrier East Saturday for a new game on the schedule at noon.

The boxscore:

Fairmont Senior                      0  1 – 1

Buckhannon-Upshur            0  0 – 0

Scoring

Fairmont Senior – Jonas Branch (unassisted goal), 70th minute

Shots-on-goal – Fairmont Senior 10; Buckhannon-Upshur 4.

Corner kicks – Fairmont Senior: 2; Buckhannon-Upshur 4.

Fouls – Fairmont Senior 5; Buckhannon-Upshur 5.

Saves – Fairmont Senior: Eli Day 4; Buckhannon-Upshur: Dalton Auvil 9.

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