GRAFTON—The Bearcat soccer team took on their backyard rival Philip Barbour (PB) on the turf of McKinney Field Saturday night, knowing the contest would be battle.
While Grafton was well prepared for an intense matchup ahead, it would be PB that would pull away early and secure the 3-0 victory.
The first half of action saw a great deal of midfield possession for both teams, allowing each a couple shots on goal. However, neither team was able to connect with the net, ending the first quarter scoreless.
Starting out the second quarter, play mimicked that of the first until PB made their move around the 25-minute mark, taking advantage of a through ball and sending it into the back of Grafton’s net to be the first on the scoreboard leading 1-0.
From there, PB found their streak, navigating through the Grafton defenders and connecting for two more goals in just a five-minute span of time, extending their lead to 3-0.
This score carried on throughout the remainder of the contest, as the Bearcats were unable to find the net and committed several fouls.
“This game was a battle with a lot of foul calls, mostly on us,” shared Grafton coach Jack Wolverton. “This game was everything we thought it would be. We had a few breakdowns, and PB made some good shots.”
The Bearcats traveled to Fairmont last night looking for redemption, as they took on the Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears at East West Stadium. Due to press deadlines, that contest will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.
Individual player stats:Landen Hulley: 1 shot, 6 steals, Layne England: 2 shots, Gage McVicker: 3 steals, Colton Sanders: 4 steals, Zach Nibert: 2 steals, Levi Miller: 2 steals, Gavin Wolverton: 4 steals, Devin Weaver: 1 steal, Adrian Joyce: 1 shot, Garin Chambers: 2 steals, Bryson Kittle: 80 mins., 3 saves.