GRAFTON—The TCMS boys’ soccer team wrapped up their season this past weekend, participating in the annual Robert L. Bland tournament in Weston.
The Knights defeated Elkins in their first-round match on Friday by the score of 3-0. Kamden Hulley scored the first goal for the Knights on a nice cross from teammate Adrian Joyce. The Knights then added two other goals off of beautifully-placed corner kicks by Landen Hulley. Stratten Wooddell finished the first with a great header, while Ethan Weaver finished off the second for the final score of the contest. The victory would give the Knights the #1 seed heading into the championship game on Saturday.
“I was pleased with how the boys played tonight,” said TCMS head coach Travis Uhl. “They started off a bit slow though due to the cold temperatures and the excitement of playing after two weeks off.”
On Saturday, the Knights would face Buckhannon-Upshur, with both teams hungry for a win after the last contest between the two schools ended in a 0-0 tie. The Knights fell behind quickly as Buckhannon scored within the first five minutes of the match. The Knights would then
suffer an own goal and Buckhannon would score once again to extend their lead to 3-0.
The Knights would come alive with less than two minutes to go in the half, however. After a strong shot by Kamden Hulley, B-U’s goalie misplayed the ball and the Knights’ M.J. Niggemyer was there to clean it up for a TCMS goal.
In the second half, the Knights played hard but they couldn’t find the back of the net and the Buccaneers would secure the win.
“Our youth really showed against a veteran Buckhannon team,” stated Uhl. “Our boys were definitely smaller, but we didn’t back down. We had the talent to win, but we needed to play mistake free. Unfortunately, we made a few mistakes and Buckhannon capitalized on them.”
Uhl went on to state that he really feels good about the future of the team as the returning players are an outstanding group with lots of talent.
“Hopefully next year we can show how good we can be with the valuable experience we gained with so many young players on the team,” Uhl went on to say.