TCHS Soccer Poised for Success
Tyler Consolidated soccer squads played their hearts out Saturday and showed promise for a new season.
The Silver Knights posted a 3-1 victory over visiting North Marion High.
Though the Lady Knights soccer team was defeated 5-0 by Steubenville Central, they made a good showing.
Levi Morgan paced Tyler Consolidated with a pair of goals and the Knights were also aided by a goal from Jarett Lemasters and an assist by Dan Miller, while Luke Daugherty tallied four saves for Tyler.
The Knights drew first blood with a quick kick from senior Levi Morgan that split a defender and the goalie to take a 1-0 lead. Moments later senior Jarett Lemasters split the defense and added another goal off an assist from Dan Miller that sent the Knights into the locker room ahead 2-0 at the half. Both teams found the net in the second half with Morgan getting his second of the game and the Knights defense proved to be to much. Forrest Funkhauser netted a goal for North Marion and Chandler Funkhauser made 12 saves.
Knights goalie Luke Daugherty had a big game with great coverage around the net resulting in four saves.
“After a few start of the season jitters we came out and played well as a team,” TCHS Coach Scott Walls said. “Luke Daugherty showed good senior leadership as did Morgan and Lemasters. We also got some fine play from the younger kids and our midfielders led by Trent Shepherd made a huge difference.”
Lady Knights’ soccer team was dealt a loss in Steubenville.
“We were met with a very good Steubenville Central squad,” TCHS Coach Ben Thomas said. “In all, Central took 26 shots on goal against us and when that happens, we are destined to give up a goal or two. In fact, we gave up five goals.”
Thomas said the young team did muster up some offense and had several opportunities for scoring. Kenna Smith had two shots on goal, Kara Smith, Belle Camerlin, and Megan Vandruff each had one shot on goal. However, the Silver Knights came away with no goals in the game.
Autumn Wells had a great debut at goalie with 21 saves in the game.
“As a rookie, she showed herself well in goal,” Thomas said. “I told her at the beginning of the season, that perhaps soccer for her will be like track and field for her brother Hogan Wells who started throwing discuss and shotput his Jr. year. Hogan had a great two year career in track breaking discuss’ records and doing well at the state track meet. Autumn, now a junior, is on pace to be a force to be reckon with in the goal keeping position. I am proud of the hard work she has put forth in just the three weeks of soccer practice.”
The Lady Knights played Tuesday and will play again Thursday this week at Linsly and home against Oak Glen.
“We need to continue improving if we are going to have any success. Building offense is a top priority as we move forward in the season,” Thomas said.
The Silver Knights will be on the home field tonight against Wheeling Central starting at 5:30 p.m.