Silver Knights Move to OVAC Tournament
MIDDLEBOURNE – The Knights’ boys’ soccer team is running like a fine-oiled machine.
Sporting a 6-1-2 record entering the game with the Blue Devils from St. Marys, the Knights never let up and doubled up the Devils with a 4-2 win on Sept. 12 on the home turf with that new Union Bank scoreboard.
Leading the way for the Knights were Quintin Richmond with two goals, while Nate Lantz and Jarrett Lemasters each added a goal and Brandon Bonar was credited with an assist.
The majority of the game was played on the Knights’ side of the field as they had 24 shots at the goal compared to nine for St. Marys. Knights’ goal keeper Luke Daugherty was credited with two saves on the night. Daugherty is proving to be one of the better goalkeepers as he has been making big plays day in and day out.
“We had three goals in the first ten minutes and then I felt like we got away from doing things that lead to success,” TCHS Coach Scott Wall said. “We gave up a couple of goals which raised my stress level. Luckily, we got to half time with the lead. After some adjustments and a commitment to return to playing the way we should, we were able to score another goal and hold onto the lead 4-2. Quintin Richmond played well for us and kept us on the winning side.”
The Linsly School traveled to Middlebourne hopeful for a win, but endured a long bus ride home winless on Sept. 14.
Levi Morgan scored the lone goal of the game on an assist by Bonar with 18:30 left in the second half to give the Silver Knights a big win over Linsly. The win raised the Knights record to 8-1-2. The game was a defensive struggle throughout with the Knights holding the Cadets scoreless to grab the win.
“When you play Linsly, you never know what to expect. Most times than not, however, they field a college-ready team of players,” Wall said. “This year, we held our own with them. Our defense wasn’t always pretty, but they worked together and got the job done. Mark Wilson and Evan Maxwell were very steady and reliable in the back in front of Luke Daugherty who, in my opinion, is becoming one of the state’s best goalkeepers. Levi Morgan was the man to help us take home win by scoring a much needed goal in the second half.”
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“I am proud of how our guys have played and represented their school. Our record is currently 8 – 1 – 2 and we will be playing in the OVAC playoffs next week. We are currently the #2 seed and if that stays, we will host Linsly at home tonight for a shot to get to the championship on Saturday the 24th at Wheeling Island,” Wall said.