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Soccer Knights come up short in two games played last week

By Staff | Oct 8, 2014

Blake Carpenter

Two losses of two games in a week is not quite where the Tyler Consolidated boys soccer team was hoping to be at this juncture of their season, but that is exactly what happened.

On Oct. 2, the Knights traveled to Parkerburg Catholic to take on the the Crusaders, only to return home with the 4-2 loss.

“They (the Crusaders) were able to slow us down,” said Knight head coach, Scott Wall. “They have a small field, and that threw us off a bit I think, at least it seemed to. We played well, despite giving up goals.”

The Knight goals came from senior Blake Carpenter off a header from a corner kick; and from Brandon Bonar who also scored off a missed corner kick and followed it in to put the ball in the back of the net. Goal keeper Nate Lantz had four saves in goal.

The Silver played host to South Harrison on Oct. 4, and again, felt the sting of loss as they fell to their visitors 2-0.

“This was a good game for both teams,” Wall said. “It was a good game for a fan of soccer to watch, lots of passing, good footwork, good soccer with neither team dominating.”

With under a minute to play in the first half, Harrison put the ball into the net to take the lead in the game 1- nil at the half.

Then, in the second half, with the clock running down to 15 minutes to play, the visitors made their second goal of the day, and eventually taking the win, 2-0.

“They are a good team,” the coach said. “The main difference in the game is the fact that they took 11 shots at the goal, we took five.”

Lantz had 10 saves as the keeper in the game.

With Sectional play-offs looming in two weeks, the Silver Knights are hustling to get some W’s in the win column of their schedule. The team hosted Magnolia on Tuesday and will play at East Fairmont on Oct. 11. The team will recognize senior members of the team on Oct. 18 when they host Liberty (Harrison) at Burgbacher Field at 11 a.m.