CLARKSBURG— Opening their season with a hard-fought contest that concluded in a 1-0 loss to Washington Irving (WI), the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights boys’ soccer team is still on track for a promising season.
The WI Mountain Toppers only managed to score one goal, which was achieved in the first ten minutes of play. From there, the Knights’ Keeper Tyler Clemm made multiple saves, keeping his team within striking distance.
The Knights refused to allow the Mountain Toppers a chance to run away with it. Clemm’s saves, combined with a tough and physical defense from TCMS kept them in the game, and showed great promise for the season ahead.
On the offensive end, the Knights nearly escaped the loss with a tie when TCMS player Noah “Flea” Foley sent a perfect pass to teammate Noah Uhl with just two minutes of action remaining. However, the goalkeeper for WI was able to pull off the save and keep the ball out of the net.
According to head coach Travis Uhl, despite the loss, there was plenty to celebrate during the team’s first contest.
“The back line, consisting of center backs Bryce Kelly and Brayden ‘Beastmode’ Bailey played outstanding,” voiced Uhl.
He went on to say that he was especially impressed with outside backs Colt McVicker and newcomer Gage Alexander.
“Colt played some of the best outside back that I’ve seen in some time, and Alexander did very well and proved that the stage was not too big for him under the lights as a sixth grader,” Uhl boasted.
“I was pleased with the overall performance of the team, just disappointed in the end result. I wish I could have put them in a better position to achieve a victory. I think a good foundation has been set for the season. We have things to work on, but the future looks bright,” he added.
Sports Editor’s note: Stats for this contest were requested but were not available by press time on Tuesday.