GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School boys soccer team took to the pitch for two contests last week.
COVID-19 changed the schedule as the Knights were set for the rematch against Elkins on Monday and Mt. Middle on Wednesday.
“It is unfortunate that we are unable to get the rematches at home, but we have to put everyone’s safety first,” expressed head coach Travis Uhl.
The Knights did pick up a game against a very tough West Fairmont Middle School team, losing the first contest at McKinney Field 4-1 back on September 29.
According to coach Uhl, West Fairmont wanted to pick up a game since their schedule was also affected by COVID-19, and they agreed to return for a second match at McKinney field.
The Knights also had the opportunity to recognize their eighth graders Ethan Weaver, Avery Duckworth, Caleb Stewart, and James Stanley.
However, the Knights still fell short, but managed to hold the Polar Bears to just two goals, with a final score of 0-2.
“We decided to change up our formation the day before we played them. We felt it was the best way to match up against their talents,” shared Uhl. “The boys responded with an outstanding defensive performance.”
Uhl continued by saying, “Eighth grader Ethan Weaver played probably the best game of his career at outside back. I was also extremely pleased with how seventh grader Bryce Kelly locked down the middle of the back line. West just could not get a shot off around Bryce. You still just have to tip your cap to how well West Fairmont played.”
The Knights did get a moral victory as they did not allow a shot on goal in the second half.
During the team’s second contest of the week they took on East Fairmont Middle School, looking forward to the rematch, as East had defeated them in Fairmont previously.
Unfortunately, East got the better of the boys again and claimed a 4-0 victory.
“The boys were just a little flat the first half and were having trouble with their first touch. I thought they played much better on the second half, but we just couldn’t get the ball to bounce our way as seventh grader Brayden Bailey had an incredible shot on goal, that the goalie mishandled. It fell into the net area, but did not completely cross the line. It was just one of those types of nights,” Uhl shared.
The Knights look to rebound next week as they travel to Robert L. Bland on Monday, October 19.