TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur soccer Bucs looked good in their only scrimmage of the season last Thursday at home against the Parkersburg Big Reds.
The Bucs won the scrimmage by a 4-0 score with the varsity squad playing 60 minutes and winning it by a 3-0 score and the junior varsity team playing 20 minutes and winning by a 1-0 score.
“There was definitely a lot of anticipation building into this game considering this would be the only scrimmage we'd get this season,” noted Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Mike Donato. “This first time under the new guidelines and the weather delays added some nuances that made for an interesting evening. I have to commend our administration and community for working tirelessly to allow us to have a season while keeping our students and families safe.”
Ryan Hurst had a hat trick for the Bucs in the varsity contest scoring in the fifth, the 11th and the 30th minute.
His first two goals were unassisted with the third one being set up by Nick Calef-Boring.
Calef-Boring had the lone goal in the junior varsity tilt.
Dalton Auvil had five saves for the Bucs in net while Dirk Riley didn’t see a shot for B-U.
“For the game itself, we used this opportunity to finalize depth charts and try some guys at different positions,” stated Donato. “We're still looking to trim down our varsity roster to 18-19 so a lot was on the line for these guys as they looked to impress the coaching staff. We also were able to note some things that we need to clean up before our season starts, mostly situational positioning and some communication miscues, but I know these guys will be ready for that instruction and adjustments to get ready for the regular season.”
The Bucs will open their season Thursday when they host Lincoln at 5:30 p.m.