PRUNTYTOWN—The TCMS Knights Boys’ soccer team took to the pitch for their very last game of the regular season on Thursday against a very tough West Fairmont team in rematch of their September 23rd faceoff in Fairmont.
In this matchup, West Fairmont scored three goals, two of them early in the contest, and held the Knights scoreless by the count of 3-0 at McKinney Field in Grafton.
Within the first five minutes of the match, West Fairmont scored on an absolute rocket that Knights’ goalkeeper Justin Gainer got his hands on, but just couldn’t keep out of the net. The Cubs would use that momentum to score again shortly thereafter, a perfectly timed shot to take a 2-0 lead.
The Knights’ defense would prevent any more West Fairmont goals until mid-way through the second half, when the Cubs would score their third and final goal of the contest to extend their lead to 3-0, which would also be the final score.
Though the Knights forced some pressure situations and threatened at times, they just couldn’t find a way to get through the tough and experienced Cubs’ defense.
“Each time we started to get pressure or threaten, they found a way to clear the ball, or would kick it out of bounds to stop our momentum,” explained TCMS head coach Travis Uhl.
“You have to tip your cap to a talented team like that. We needed to be perfect to win and we just had a few lapses that they capitalized on.”
Uhl was also disappointed that his older players didn’t get that last home win before taking their talents to Grafton High School next season.
“I really wish we could have sent our eighth graders out with a win at McKinney Field for their last home game,” Uhl said. “Landen Hulley, Jude Minard, “Adrian “Speedy” Joyce, Justin Gainer, and Alex Himes played their hearts out and did everything they could. I’m very proud of them.”
The Knights will be back in action on November 1st-2nd as they travel to Robert L. Bland Middle School for a tournament to conclude the middle school soccer season.