Knights boys soccer team places first in OVAC
Having secured the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference regular season championship last week, the varsity boys soccer team at Tyler Consolidated is primed to finish off their regular season in fine fashion.
The Silver Knights won a game and tied a game last week, putting their regular season record at 9-4-1.
“We should have won both games,” said head coach of the Knights, Scott Wall. “But if we have to choose between losing and tying, I’ll take the tie anytime.”
On Sept. 22, Consolidated welcomed the Blue Eagles of Magnolia to Burgbacher Field in Middlebourne for their second meeting of the year. With both teams vying for bragging rights, the game was a tough one, both physically and mentally for the players, but nobody came out the winner when the score ended in a 3-3 tie.
“They played pretty good against us,” Wall said. “They limited our offense and their goal keeper did a good job in the net. But we also kept on our game as well. I think we took 16 shots on goal and were able to limit them to eight.”
For the Knights, Justin Cooper scored two goals and Giovanni Fomer dos Santos scored the goal which tied the game. Spencer Kinnard was credited with two assists and Skylar Kinnard had five saves as the goal keeper.
Magnolia scored their three points on free kicks.
Five yellow cards were issued to players of the game, four to Magnolia and one to Tyler.
At home again on Thursday, the Silver and Black played host to the Yellow Jackets of Williamstown, handing them a 9-0 loss for the home team’s fourth shut-out of the year.
“We’ve been on the other side of losses like this in the past, so it was nice for a change to be the team scoring, not being scored on,” the coach said. “All of our kids got in and we moved some people around to different positions.”
Four different Knights were able to score in the game: Cooper and Spencer Kinnard each scored hat-tricks, with each of them netting three goals apiece. Dustin Snider scored two goals and had two assists; and freshman Dustin Tawney scored the popular goal of the day.
“Our defense played really well,” Wall said. “And we had some kids who really stepped up.”
“Alex Jones, Trent Tuttle, Aaron Estep and Waylon Rosenlieb all had a good day. We limited Williamstown to four shots while we took 29 shots on goal.”
“In fact, all of the kids did well. We’ve been working on touches and handling the soccer ball, keeping it simple, and it’s paying off.”
Consolidated played against Stubenville at Brooke on Monday in the first round of the OVAC championships, and wound up with the loss to the Big Reds, 1-0.
The next regular scheduled game for the Silver and Black will be on Oct. 6 at St. Marys.