PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Soccer team opened their season on Friday, with a home contest against Barbour County.
Barbour County started off strong, out-hustling the Knights for most of the first half. In addition to more possessions, the team recorded more shots on goal, racking up four.
And while TCMS might have started out sluggish, they would eventually find their groove.
As Barbour County controlled the ball, moving within scoring range, the Knights fought valiantly to keep them from scoring.
At the seven-minute mark, in an incredible save, Knight’s keeper Braydon Taylor made a full extension dive to keep Barbour off the scoreboard.
As the Knights entered halftime, the score sat at nil nil.
Coming out of halftime, TCMS found the energy they had been lacking during the first part of play, and started the second as if they had something to prove.
However, with several early second half chances, the Knights could not seem to find the back of the net.
Barbour took advantage after a foul on a break away by the Knight defense. On the ensuing free kick, Barbour found the back of the net off a deflection of the Knights.
With their made goal, Barbour County was the first on the board, 1-0.
Refusing to allow the game to sway in favor of Barbour, the Knights rallied.
At the 19-minute mark, midfielder Cameron Gray sent a cross field pass to a streaking Branson Collins. Collins dribbled the ball away from the defense and put a nice shot just past the Barbour keeper, tying things up.
With growing momentum, TCMS wasted no time adding to the score. Just three minutes later, Knight midfielder Noah Blue used some fancy footwork to create space and scored on a beautiful arching shot from just inside the penalty box, bringing putting the Knights up 2-1 at the 22-minute mark.
Now that they held the lead, the Knights were determined to bring home the W, and kept their pace quick and their shots smart.
Three minutes later, at the 25-minute mark a slow pass by a Barbour defender allowed Gray to slide in and put a hard shot past the keeper, from 18 yards out. That final goal secured the fate of the game.
As the final buzzer sounded, Knights fans’ cheers filled the stadium, as TCMS had secured the victory 3-1 over Barbour.
The TCMS Knights Soccer team will be back in action this evening, traveling to Weston to take on the Patriots of R.L. Bland Middle School.