Soccer Bucs beat Lewis County to end summer session

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur boy’s soccer team concluded their summer workout sessions with a 6-1 scrimmage win over the Lewis County Minutemen Wednesday afternoon at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium.

It was the only time during the three weeks the Bucs were able to scrimmage 11-on-11.

“This was really the first time we were able to get out on the pitch and see anything on a full-scale,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Mike Donato. “It was really nice to see the guys get out and play a little bit of 11 on 11. We were able to see some kinks that still need to be worked out. It was a good three weeks for us and we are looking forward to getting back out here on July 30 for our preseason.”

Donato said he averaged between eight and 14 players during the three-week session.

“It’s not where I was hoping it would be, but we always found something to do,” stated Donato. “The turnout was okay, it was better some days than others. The guys that were here were pretty consistent, dedicated and put in a lot of hard work.”

Donato said the three-week period is a time of evaluating and experimenting.

“A lot of these guys I am seeing for the first time, we have a fair amount of freshman players,” he commented. “I am able to see what type of player they are and where they fit best on the field. It also allows us to experiment some as well with new drills and things I have picked up in the off-season. 

“We worked on a lot of different things as far as trying to do some preseason evaluations and trying different formations and putting players in different positions. This three-week period is my time to play with that a little bit.”

Donato split his squad into two teams for a 7 vs. 7 tournament two weeks ago at East-West Stadium.

“Both teams played well,” remarked Donato. “One team went 1-1-1 and the other went 2-1-0. Parkersburg beat us both times.”

Donato and his Bucs will start their 2018 season at home on Friday, Aug. 17 when they host the Ripley Vikings.

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