TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc soccer team shook off their disappointing last second loss to Wheeling Park on Saturday with a thrilling 1-0 victory over the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears Tuesday night at Ted Crites Alumni Field at Tom Hasbrouck Stadium.
The Polar Bears entered the game ranked fifth according to the latest MaxPrep rankings while the Lady Bucs, who played with two starters out due to injury, checked in ranked eighth in the state.
The lone goal of the game belonged to Cameron Zuliani in the 20th minute of the first half.
Kennedy Samargo cleared the ball from the B-U end and Zuliani ran onto it, beat a Polar Bear defender, and then went one-on-one with Fairmont Senior keeper Rebecca Cox and buried a shot to the back of the net.
The B-U defense and keeper Kyndal Davis did the rest of the work for the Lady Bucs as they pitched a shutout throughout the game.
“The girls stepped it up and played well,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jackie Zuliani. “We had to change things up a bit due to two starters still being out and we have a couple of others who have injuries and their playing time was limited. We called on some of the girls to step up and give us more minutes and they delivered. Ashley Caitlin, Allison Andrew, Miranda Greene and Sheridan Phillips all played well. Kiki Arbogast and Iris Tenney were asked to play a couple different positions to held out and they did a nice job.”
Buckhannon-Upshur limited Fairmont Senior to just three shots-on-goal with Davis turning away all three shots.
“Our defense did better at holding their shape and made better decisions overall,” noted Zuliani. “I am very proud of them for their effort.”
The Lady Bucs had six shots-on-goal and four corner kicks.
“Cameron had a nice goal to get us on the board,” stated Zuliani. “We had a few more opportunities but couldn’t capitalize on them. Fairmont Senior did a nice job containing us. They packed the box making it hard to get shots off.”
The loss dropped Fairmont Senior to 5-2 on the season while the Lady Bucs improved to 7-2 overall and they remained perfect in the Big 10 Conference with a 6-0 record.
“Overall, it was a good conference win for us,” concluded Zuliani. “We need to keep it going though because the season will be over before we know it.”
They will return to action today hosting East Fairmont in another conference battle starting at 7:30 p.m.
Fairmont Senior 0 0 – 0
Buckhannon-Upshur 1 0 – 1
Buckhannon-Upshur – Cameron Zuliani (Kennedy Samargo assist), 20th minute
Shots-on-goal – Fairmont Senior 3; Buckhannon-Upshur 6.
Corner kicks – Fairmont Senior 3; Buckhannon-Upshur 4.
Saves – Fairmont Senior: Rebecca Cox 5; Buckhannon-Upshur: Kyndal Davis 3.