TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur soccer Lady Bucs had an offensive explosion in their season opener Saturday afternoon against the visiting Brooke Bruins.
The Lady Bucs had six players get into the scoring act as they dominated Brooke in a 10-0 victory.
“It was a good opening game for us,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jackie Zulaini. “Brooke is a young and rather inexperienced team and it was good that we were able to work on some things against that type of opponent.”
Last year, the Lady Bucs opened their season with a 19-0 win against Brooke.
Freshman Catherine Oliveto led the charge for the Buckhannon-Upshur offense with three goals while Brooklyn Maxwell and Cameron Zuliani each had two apiece.
Madison Ware, Audrey Gaudet
The Lady Bucs didn’t’ waste any time getting on the score board as Oliveto played a ball from Zuliani for the first goal just four minutes into the game.
Three minutes later, Ware ran onto a deflected ball and made it a 2-0 game.
Maxwell put in a corner kick that went off the thigh of the Brooke keeper at the 15-minute mark to up the Buckhannon-Upshur lead to 3-0.
Gaudet made Brooke pay with a goal when their keeper fumbled the ball in front of the net in the 25th minute to treat the Lady Bucs to a 4-0 lead.
That was the score at intermission as Buckhannon-Upshur scored six times in the second half.
B-U scored twice in a 30-second span to start the second half.
Maxwell scored on a fast break after accepting a pass from Oliveto and Oliveto then split the defense in a one-on-one and scored to give Buckhannon-Upshur a 6-0 advantage.
Greenough made it 7-0 with a penalty kick in the 53rd minute.
Zuliani scored her first goal in the 57th minute with a strike to the center of the goal, and after Oliveto scored her third goal of the day, Zuliani came back with another score to wrap up the game.
“Overall, we saw much more improvement after our two scrimmages,” said Zuliani. “We had more movement and combination passing that was created from that movement. We had some nice goals and scoring came from several different players. It was great to see everyone get a great deal of playing time. We still need to keep improving on our cardiovascular endurance, which is getting better. Also, we have a coupe ineligible players and a couple with injuries, when we get them back, it will give us even more options.”
The Lady Bucs held a 19-0 advantage in shots-on-goal and a 5-0 margin in corner kicks.
B-U keeper Claire Coffman didn’t have to make a save in the victory.
In the first
“At the end of the game I told them to each think of something individually they can work on to help the team and really focus on that,” remarked Zuliani. “If each player can improve on their weaknesses, it will just make us stronger as a team.”
The Lady Bucs will have a busy week this week with three road games.
They visit Liberty at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Morgantown Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and wrap up the week at
“We have a very tough week ahead with road games against three very good opponents,” remarked Zuliani. “Liberty is always good and Morgantown and Ripley will be two of the top teams this season in AAA.”
Brooke 0 0 – 0
Buckhannon-Upshur 4 6 – 10
Buckhannon-Upshur – Catherine Oliveto (Cameron Zuliani assist), 4th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Madison Ware (unassisted), 7th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Brooklyn Maxwell (Oliveto assist), 15th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Audrey Gaudet (unassisted), 25th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Maxwell (Oliveto assist), 46th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Oliveto (Ellie Greenough assist), 46th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Greenough (penalty kick),
Buckhannon-Upshur – Zuliani (Maxwell assist), 57th minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Oliveto (unassisted), 73rd minute
Buckhannon-Upshur – Zuliani (unassisted), 76th minute
Shots-on-goal: Brooke 0, Buckhannon-Upshur 19
Corner kicks: Brooke 0, Buckhannon-Upshur 5
Fouls: Brooke 4, Buckhannon-Upshur 4
Saves: Buckhannon-Upshur: Claire Coffman: 0