The Times West Virginian

September 20, 2013

FSHS girls pull through; boys fall short: PHOTOS

By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Senior girls’ squad was able to score four second-half goals and pull through for a 4-0 victory over Buckhannon-Upshur on Thursday, while the boys’ team, despite battling through, fell by a score of 2-1.

For the Lady Polar Bears, the game was quiet in the first half. Neither team got much accomplished, but the Polar Bears were able to muster up eight shots, with just two on goal, as compared to the Buccaneers’ lone shot for the first half.

Fairmont Senior did come close to scoring just about halfway through the half when Tressa Bonasso’s shot was just barley deflected.

“Tressa’s got more intensity in that little body than I’ve seen in most people,” coach Ryann Moore said of her sophomore forward. “She gets knocked down multiple times and gets back up quicker than someone can keep her down. If we could bottle her intensity, we’d have some good things going for us.”

As it turned out in the second half, her team did have some good things going for it.

Just six minutes into the half, forward Ivey Nucilli netted the first goal of the game. Gabi Mascaro followed suit with back-to-back goals of her own, and the team’s third in three minutes, to give Fairmont Senior a 3-0 advantage.

“That’s the second time that’s happened,” Mascaro said of her back-to-back goals. “It happened last game. I don’t know what happens. I just come out so mad and really want to get that goal when we have none.”

Mia Manzo added one more goal for the Bears and they trotted off the field with a 4-0 victory.

They will play again on Saturday on the road against Trinity at 5 p.m.

The boys had a much tougher battle, with Buckhannon being one of the best AAA teams in the state, but, despite a loss, coach Jim Denardi was satisfied with his team.

“I thought we played really well,” he said. “We did a lot of growing up.”

The score was knotted up at zero midway through the first half until Buckhannon’s Trey Short was able to squeak a goal past David Childers, who had many great saves on the night.

Fairmont Senior would claw back, though, when Sam Tonkovich put the ball in the net off a deflection.

As the game was coming down to the wire, Buckhannon’s Jordan Thomas took a pass in the center of the field and drilled it through before Childers had time to react, bringing the final score to 2-1.

“We’ve had a couple of rough games lately, but the boys really played well tonight,” Denardi said.  “Tonight was probably one of our better performances of the year.”

The boys’ team will also play on the road Saturday against Tyler Consolidated at 1 p.m.

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