Bearcats Soccer plays one up, one down last week

GRAFTON—The Grafton Hight School (GHS) Bearcats Boys Soccer Team would suffer their first loss of the season in a scorcher in both play and weather. 

On Saturday, September 18 the boys traveled to Charleston Catholic High School (CCHS) to play on the turf at Schoenbaum Field. 

The heat would play a factor as the team didn’t look as crisp and seemed to play on their heels for most of the game. 

The first half would find that the game was tilting evermore in Charleston’s favor, as they entered halftime with a 2-0 lead over the Bearcats.

The second half would be much of the same as the first, with almost mirrored play, as Charleston was able to find the net another two times. 

And as the final buzzer sounded the score stood at GHS 0 and CCHS 4. 

“We just couldn’t seem to muster any offense. For the most part our defense played ok, but we just couldn’t sustain the possession of the ball. We did have one bright spot in our goalie Bryson Kittle, as he had some great one on one saves,” voiced Head Coach Jack Wolverton.

The Cats then welcomed the Elkins High School Tigers to McKinney Field on Tuesday, and while there were monsoon conditions, it would be a pivotal Big 10 matchup for the Bearcats.

Before the game some future Bearcats from the Taylor County Soccer Association U12 Boys “Storm,” coached by Ryan Stallings, accompanied the Bearcats during team introductions. 

The first half would find that the game was shaping up to be a defensive battle. The Bearcats a good deal of ball possession and some decent passing. That coupled with the mid-field controlling the ball most of the time, put heat on the Tigers.

As the buzzer sounded for half time, both teams would go into the break scoreless. 

Around the twenty-five-minute mark of the second half, Gage McVicker made a great run, opening himself up for a hard shot. The Elkins goalie could only deflect the ball.

Taking advantage of the deflection, Spencer Copeland pounced, driving the ball into the back of the net to give the Bearcats the lead and the win, as the 1-0 score would hold until the final whistle. 

The Bearcats will be back in on the the turf of McKinney Field as they take on Philip Barbour on Saturday. Play is set to being at 1:00 p.m., so come make some noise for the Bearcats!

GHS vs Charleston Catholic

Individual team stats: 

Abraham:  2 steals

Hulley: 3 steals.

England: 1 steal, 1 shot. 

McVicker: 1 assist, 1 shot, 4 steals.

Sanders: 3 shots.

Nibert: 2 steals.

L. Miller: 1 steal.

Wolverton: 4 steals. 

D. Miller: 3 steals

Chambers: 1 steal.

Kittle: 13 saves.

Gainer: 2 saves.

GHS vs Elkins

Individual team stats: 

Abraham:  2 shots. 

Hulley: 2 shots, 6 steals.

Copeland: 1 goal, 2 shots. 

McVicker: 1 assist, 1 shot, 4 steals.

Sanders: 3 steals.

Nibert: 2 steals.

L. Miller: 2 steals.

Wolverton: 4 steals. 

D. Miller: 3 steals

Chambers: 1 shot, 1 steal.



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