TAYLOR COUNTY—Dedication, teamwork, athleticism and skill proved to be the ticket to success for the U10 and U12 Taylor County Sting, as they took to the field in recent tournament play.
On Saturday, the teams headed to the Bridge Sports Complex to participate in the North Central West Virginia (NCWV) Soccer League tournament.
The U10 Sting hit the green looking to continue with their winning ways, and after all was said and done, they finished out their season with an outstanding 16-0-1 record.
According to Coach Andrew Moore, the team, comprised of Eliza Gouzd, Kenlee Fowler, Avery Alexander, Ella Moore, Bria Moore, Ellie Bolyard, Lylah Weaver, Peyton Simmons, Quinlyn Hays, Summer McCauley and Arizona Eskridge, started play taking on Bridgeport Brozenick.
After shutting them out 8-0, the ladies set their sights on Clarksburg Hill, in the second round of action. The Sting, showcasing great teamwork and skill worked to keep the Clarksburg team out of the goal, and claimed a 5-1 victory.
Under the direction and leadership of Coach Moore and Coach Justin Weaver, the U10 Sting dominated play, shutting out the MCSC Masturzo in an impressive 7-0 contest.
“Those wins allowed us to play in the championship game against MCSC Fidler,” shared Moore. “The first time these two teams met during regular season play, the matchup resulted in a 2-2 tie.”
Looking for redemption, the Sting hit the field with determination and hard work. And while Fidler jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, the Sting held strong and battled their way back, tying things up before the half.
The second half of action saw a great deal of back-and-forth action, with neither team relinquishing a goal, and when the final whistle sounded, the score sat at 3-3.
The Sting entered into a sudden death overtime, and with time ticking off of the clock, they made a move on the goal that would prove successful.
“Just a little over two minutes into the five-minute overtime, Ella Moore was able to place a ball into the back of the net for the win,” Moore revealed. “The girls played really well today, and we are beyond proud of their efforts! They have had an outstanding season, so it’s no wonder we were able to claim the U10 Championship!”
The Taylor County U12 Sting, under the leadership of Coaches Justin Weaver and Keith Hodges, also sought victory during the tournament, and when all was said and done, they claimed the title of U12 NCWV Soccer League Champions.
The U12 ladies, comprised of Abagail Klauscher, Adriene Wiles, Ainsley Feathers, Allison Kirkpatrick, Arianna Riggins, Ashton Hodges, Hali Wood, Jaydence Garcia, Jensis Peters, Jenna Smith, Kayleigh Weaver, Keevah Kandal, Kenzie Norman, Kyah Norman, Laken Dillon, Lexi Mlinarcik, Reagan Summers, Rylie Knight and Taylor Yeager, started off their tournament play with a 5-1 win over Marion County Conrad, followed by a 2-1 victory over MCSC Sphon.
With two wins under the belt for the day, the ladies hit the turf ready to take down Marion County Satterfield, and they did just that in a 6-2 contest.
The U12 Sting then met up with regular season foes, Shinnston Walsh, who defeated them earlier in the season in a close contest 1-0.
The ladies, looking for redemption, took to the contest with a determination that was easily seen, as they worked to control the ball, and took a 2-1 lead into the half.
The second half of action saw an unrelenting Sting team, who was unwilling to settle for anything less than a win, and when the final whistle sounded, the ladies had done just that, outscoring Shinnston 5-2.
Congratulations to the U10 and U12 Sting on outstanding performances being named champs of the NCWV Soccer League Tournament!