Soccer Bucs fight to 1-1 tie with University on the road

Junior Ethan Dowling works his way around a University player during the Saturday, October 8 game.

MORGANTOWN — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School Buccaneers soccer team (5-10-1, 4-4-1 in Big 10 Conference Play), coached by Mike Donato traveled to take on the University Hawks on Saturday, October 8.

After a slow start to the game for the attacks of both teams, with each team playing conservatively and feeling each other out, the Hawks drew first blood, striking in the twenty-second minute as Stefon Demoss, dribbled across top of penalty area and sailed the ball into the back of net.

The Buccaneers responded just eight minutes later, as Josh Gregory confidently sank a penalty kick to score the equalizing goal, tying the game at 1 to 1.

Momentum shifted back and forth between these evenly matched teams for the rest of the first half. In the second half, neither was able to separate themselves and pull ahead with another goal. As regulation ended the score was still deadlocked in a 1 to 1 tie.

While Coach Donato’s team couldn’t pull away and outright secure the win on the road, he was pleased with the way his team played, saying, “This was one of our first games that we had our full roster of players available for at least most of the match. As the game progressed we found some balance in our formation and started to pass really well. The PK we earned did allow us to tie the game but came at a cost as we lost [Noah] Radabaugh for the rest of the game with an ankle injury, but hopefully he’ll be good to go for Elkins on Tuesday.”

Veteran B-U goalkeeper Dalton Auvil was an absolute star in the net for the Buccaneers, collecting six saves en route to collecting a tie against a stout University attack. The Hawks kept Auvil on his toes all afternoon, sending seven shots on goal his way, however Auvil delivered yet another masterful performance in what a storied career for the senior has been, helping his team stay in the game with his quick hands and even quicker wit.

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