The wind might have been blowing Tuesday, but the University High Junior Bucs soccer team was able to sail to a 5-0 win over rival Elizabethton.
The victory sent the Junior Bucs to a 4-0 record and a 3-0 mark against other Region 1A/AA foes. The Cyclones left with a 3-5 mark overall and 2-2 in the league.
“I think we are all happy with the win,” University High head coach Victor Chirica said.
The teams faced winds blowing 10 to 15 mph, with the wind at University High’s back in the opening half at Civitan Park.
The scoring got started when Kevin Mast received a cross from Dominic Avento and deposited the ball into the back of the net. His goal came in the 14th minute. Mast later added two assists in the second half.
Westley Ongtengco later on flicked the ball past Elizabethton’s Luke Broyles who came out of his goal in the 37th minute. Ongtengco went up the left side of the net on a ball played to him by Connor Williams.
“At halftime I felt like we made two errors and we would come out and fix it,” Elizabethton head coach Bill McClay said.
Williams added his name in the goal-scoring column twice in the final 40 minutes. Both of his scores were from beyond 25 yards. The first was on a free kick in the 45th minute. In the 77th minute Williams played a ball from Mast and sent a bullet shot into the lower right corner from 30 yards away.
In between Williams’ scores freshman Lowell Williams notched a goal from near the top of the 18-yard box into the far left corner. Mast was credited with the assist on the play.
“I thought we might be able to get the ball forward, but couldn’t keep the ball,” McClay said. “It was not a very consistent effort.”
Elizabethton tried to rally late. The Cyclones tried to capitalize on two corner kicks in the 75th minute, but Darion Simerly’s shot just missed wide of the goal.
University High was able to uncork 27 shots towards the goal, 13 on goal. On the other side Elizabethton was credited with seven shots and three on goal.
Benjamin Page stopped all three shots from the Cyclones in the Junior Bucs’ goal in the shutout victory. One of those saves came in the 28th minute when he jumped up on a cross from his right side. Broyles was credited with nine saves for Elizabethton.
Tuesday’s contest was a rematch from the Region 1A/AA semifinals a season ago in which the Junior Bucs won 2-1.
The Junior Bucs return to the pitch Thursday with a makeup game at Chuckey-Doak.