TAYLOR COUNTY— Taylor County Youth Soccer (TCYS) teams kicked off their seasons earlier this month, and here is a look at the start for some of our local teams.
In play for the U12 boys, the Taylor County Storm, coached by Ryan Stallings, opened with a contest against Marion County on April 2, recording a 6-2 win to start things strong. Goals for the Storm were scored by Bryton Andrews, who connected for three, along with Colin McCarthy, Liam Mouse and Grayson Gobel, who each contributed one.
The following day, on April 3, the Storm faced off against a team from Morgantown and was able to build onto their winning start, taking the 5-1 victory. Andrews would again lead in goals for his team with two. Sawyer Stallings, Levi Terry and Gobel each knocked in one.
This season, the U10 girls Taylor County Sting Rays are being led by head coach Justin Weaver and have earned a solid start with an early 3-0 record.
Dominating against Marion County Soccer Club (Barnes), the Sting Rays took the commanding 10-1 victory to open their season. Adree Wiles was impressive on the ball, scoring five goals, while Kayleigh Weaver sent the ball to the back of the net four times, and Ella Moore connected on one of her own.
Meeting up with Marion County Soccer Club team (Allen) directly following their first game, the Sting Rays found the stamina to outlast the Marion County teams, collecting their second win by a score of 4-2. Goals for the Rays came from Lexi Mlinarcik and Wiles, each with two.
In their contest against Clarksburg (Seyfert), with aggression the String Rays held their opponent scoreless, while offensively they were able to score seven for a final of 7-0. Moore and Weaver had two goals each, with Mlinarcik, Avery Alexander and Wiles each adding one.
Also, in U10 play for the girls of Taylor County, coach Abby McDonald’s Taylor County Whales are also off to a winning start.
The Whales met a Preston County team of the field on April 7, where they would control the contest from the start. The matchup ended with a lopsided victory in favor of the Whales, 11-0. Chloe McDonald and Hali Wood each had three goals during the games, while Ashton Hodges recorded two and Rylee Knight, Mya Tustin and Reagan Summers each had one.
Next up, the Whales took on a Monongalia County team on April 10. With goals scored by McDonald and Ashton Hodges the Whales retained the perfect start to their season with a 2-0 victory.
And finally, the U15 Matrix, coached by Travis Uhl, battled it out with Clarksburg on April 9. Keeping the Clarksburg team out of the net, the Matrix also started with a solid win, hustling their way to a 5-0 victory.
The five goals for the Matrix were scored by five members of the team who included, Kaige Andrews, Bryce Kelley, Brayden Bailey, Noah Uhl and Raymond Sarceno.