TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur soccer Buccaneers were shell-shocked by a very good Brooke Bruins team Saturday afternoon in a non-conference clash at the high school.
The Bucs suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Bruins.
The Bucs were never able to sustain an attack in the first half as they fell behind by a 4-0 score.
The game was scoreless for the first 19 minutes before Telmo Randazzo put Brooke on the board after playing a ball from Liam Cronin and scoring with a shot to the far post.
Ten minutes later, Blaise Bachmelter stole a pass and played a through ball to Eddie Marks, who scored with a shot to the near post giving Brooke a 2-0 lead.
Just two minutes later, Hunter Adams played a ball to the middle of the field to Marks who put a shot past B-U keeper Dalton Auvil to up the Bruin lead to 3-0.
Marks then set up Nick Cekinovich with a pass, which led to a goal in the 34th minute as Brooke took a 4-0 lead at the break.
Ryan Hurst finally put the Bucs on the scoreboard just three minutes into the second half as he controlled a deflection off of Brooke keeper Andrew Coursin and finished with a shot to the near post making it a 4-1 game.
Adams scored a goal with the assist going to Randazzo in the 58th minute to increase the Brooke lead to 5-1.
Zach Calef-Boring wrapped up the scoring for the Bucs as he played a cross to the center of the field from Josh Gregory and scored with a goal to the near post.
“We just couldn't get over the slow start that has been plaguing us the past few games,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Mike Donato. “We got outstepped to most of the balls in the first half and by the time we started to play better in the second half we had put ourselves in too big of a hole to dig out of. I do give our guys credit for playing better in the second half and not letting the halftime deficit get to them.”
Despite the loss, the Bucs owned a 14-12 lead in shots-on-goal and a 4-2 lead in corner kicks.
The Bucs were guilty of six fouls while the Bruins were called for five.
Auvil made five saves for the Bucs while Coursin turned away 12 shots for the Bruins.
Brooke improved to 7-1-1 on the season.
The Bucs dropped to 5-1-1 on the year.
They will return to action today as they host the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears at 5:30 p.m.
Brooke 4 1 – 5
Buckhannon-Upshur 0 2 – 2
Brooke – Telmo Randazzo (Liam Cronin assist), 19th minute
Brooke – Eddie Marks (Blaise Bachmelter assist), 29th minute
Brooke – Marks (Hunter Adams assist), 31st minute
Brooke – Nick Cekinovich (Marks assist), 34th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Ryan Hurst (unassisted), 43rd minute
Brooke – Adams (Randazzo assist), 58th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Zach Calef-Boring (Josh Gregory assist), 66th minute
Shots-on-goal – Brooke 12; Buckhannon-Upshur 14.
Corner kicks – Brooke 2; Buckhannon-Upshur 4.
Fouls – Brooke 5; Buckhannon-Upshur 6.
Saves – Brooke: Andrew Coursin 12; Buckhannon-Upshur: Dalton Auvil 5.