TENNERTON – Unsatisfied with his team’s play to start their contest with the Webster County Highlanders Thursday night at Ted Crites Alumni Field at Tom Hasbrouck Stadium, Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Mike Donato sent a message to his squad at the nine-minute mark.
Donato threatened his starters with a full-team substitution after lackadaisical play and the message was well received.
After just scoring their first goal when Donato made his remark, the Bucs ended their disjointed start and played solid soccer the rest of the way en route to a 13-1 victory over the Highlanders, who are in their first year of the sport at the high school level.
“Although we eventually started to string passes together and move the ball, we still had a bit of a slow starting regarding our flow of play,” stated Donato. “Once we settled down, we found the open spaces on the pitch and started to move the ball a lot better as the game went on.”
With everyone on the roster eventually seeing action, Donato was pleased with how his younger players handled themselves during the contest.
“I was very happy for our young reserve players,” noted Donato. “They made the most of their opportunities tonight.”
The schedule originally had the Bucs going to North Marion but the Huskies didn’t field a boys team this fall, so Webster County stepped up and filled the gap in the B-U schedule.
“I can't thank Webster County enough for helping us fill a spot in our schedule,” said Donato. “We lost our North Marion game when they folded their season due to low numbers. It's the first season for the Webster County program so they were in need of games as well, so it worked out for everyone.”
Following their slow start to the contest, Ryan Hurst finally put the Bucs on the board when he deflected a shot into the net off of a Webster County defender at the nine-minute mark.
It was the first of four goals for Hurst on the night.
Lane Tenney scored consecutive goals for the Bucs in the 11th and 15th minute of the game.
He scored on a free kick from the left sideline about 20 yards on the first goal and received a pass from Josh Gregory and sent a shot from just outside the penalty area for the next score to treat the Bucs to a 3-0 lead.
Hurst intercepted a goal kick and dribbled it back in and scored with a shot to the back post in the 19th minute.
Zach Calef-Boring got into the scoring act with two goals in a minute.
He was brought down in the box which set up a penalty kick for the first score, which he nailed a grounder to the left side of the net and then came back a minute later and put in a rebound following a shot that initially hit the post.
That gave the Bucs a 6-0 lead.
Dirk Riley dribbled in and scored from five yards out to make it a 7-0 game and Hurst tallied his third goal after playing a cross from the right side of the field from Bailey Cleavenger and finding the back of the net to make it 8-0.
Caden Andrick blasted in a shot from 25 yards out to give the Bucs a 9-0 advantage with nine minutes left in the half
Webster County scored their lone goal of the game in the 32nd minute when Logan Leichliter scored on a penalty kick.
Hurst wrapped up the first half scoring with his fourth goal when he played a through ball from Gregory and scored with a goal to the near post.
Noah Radabaugh scored a pair of goals for the Bucs in the second half.
In the 54th minute, he accepted a pass from Cleavenger, dribbled into the box and scored with a shot to the back post and then 13 minutes later, he took a pass in the middle of the field from Quinton Daniel and nailed a goal to the far post.
Ethan Dowling wrapped up the B-U scoring in the 73rd minute after playing a cross from Owen Cutright and finishing with a shot to the back post.
The Bucs owned a 21-3 lead in shots-on-goal and an 8-1 margin in corner kicks.
The Bucs were guilty of three fouls while Webster County was called for two.
Dalton Auvil made one save for the Bucs in net while Dirk Riley made two as the two keepers shared time in the net.
Webster County’s Reese Williams made 17 saves.
The Bucs improved to 3-0-1 on the season.
They will return to action today when they face Musselman at home at 1 p.m.
Webster County 1 0 – 1
Buckhannon-Upshur 10 3 – 13
Buckhannon-Upshur – Ryan Hurst (unassisted), 9th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Lane Tenney (unassisted), 11th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Tenney (Josh Gregory assist), 15th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Hurst (unassisted), 19th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Zach Calef-Boring (penalty kick), 21st minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Zach Calef-Boring (unassisted goal), 22nd minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Dirk Riley (unassisted goal), 24th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Hurst (Bailey Cleavenger assist), 30th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Caden Andrick (unassisted goal), 31st minute
Webster County – Logan Leichliter (penalty kick), 32nd minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Hurst (Gregory assist), 35th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Noah Radabaugh (Cleavenger assist), 54th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Radabaugh (Quinton Daniel assist), 67th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Ethan Dowling (Owen Cutright assist), 73rd minute
Shots-on-goal – Webster County 3; Buckhannon-Upshur 21
Corner kicks – Webster County 1; Buckhannon-Upshur 8.
Fouls – Webster County 2; Buckhannon-Upshur 3.
Saves – Webster County: Reese Williams 17; Buckhannon-Upshur: Dalton Auvil 1; Dirk Riley 2.