Knights Beat Eagles In Sectional Championship
The Magnolia Blue Eagles’ soccer team defeated Morgantown Trinity 4-2 in the WV Class A-AA Region I Sectionals at the Magnolia Hydro Field Oct. 19.
Trinity poured everything they had at Mike Winters in goal and the rest of the Eagles’ defensive unit early on, out-shooting Magnolia 8-2 at this point of the game.
However, Ethan Arman and Evan Heslop got the Magnolia sidelines in an uproar with a pair of sizzling shots from 18 feet out that just missed going in. One was a little high and the other just grazed the right goal-post.
Quickly after Heslop’s shot, Michael Jones buried a one-touch shot from about 18 feet out that tickled the twine for the game’s first tally.
The Trinity Warriors fought back and made a couple nice shots that Magnolia keeper Mike Winters turned away. Jones then quickly lined a shot that a Warrior defender knocked out of harm’s way with a nice non-goalie save.
The rest of the first half was played in front of the Eagle’s net as Trinity pounded Winters on 14 shots, saving six, with the rest missing the net, either too high or too wide, while the Trinity keeper only had to make one save.
In the second half, things got a little heated, as both the Eagles and the Trinity Warriors would put on a show.
Trinity missed a wide-open netter and Heslop made a nice non-goalie save to keep the Eagles’ lead safe. The Magnolia defense held tough and turned away countless Trinity opportunities with nice steals.
But, Trinity kept the pressure on the Eagles’ defense and would bury an 18 footer that Winters didn’t have a chance to get to.
However, Isaac Howell would quickly turn the tables with a nice goal to give the Blue Eagles the lead back, at 2-1.
Winters made a nice save a few moments later and would challenge the Trinity offense, beating them to the ball quite a few times to take any shot opportunities they might have had.
Magnolia would miss a direct kick by Jones and Trinity would recover and take it right down the field before blowing one by Winters to tie the game up at 2-2.
Trinity would challenge Magnolia twice more, but Winters and his defenders kept the charge to a minimum.
From this point of the game, it was all Magnolia as the Eagles’ defense earned their wings and the offense flew to the ball and challenged Trinity the rest of the way.
Magnolia had a nice opportunity to score off a Chase Cain corner kick, but Howell’s shot at goal was sent back by a nice Trinity defensive play.
Jones hooked a direct kick in front of the Trinity goal, but his teammates were just a little late on the put-back.
With the game heading into the final minutes, Magnolia scored twice, the first one was Saris “Just” Kongpichetkel on a break-away and the other could have been either Jones, Cain, or Heslop, however Heslop had more of a foot on it as the other two, to get the final tally.
Magnolia goals were by Michael Jones, Isaac Howell, Saris Kongpichetkel, and Evan Heslop. Winters made 13 saves for the Eagles. Magnolia was out-shot 13-4 in the first half, but out-dueled Trinity 15-14 in the second half.
“What a game,” said Magnolia Head Coach Brian Jones. “Trinity has a nice team that passes very well. We played our best game of the season both offensively and defensively.”
The Magnolia Blue Eagles Co-Ed Soccer Team season came to an end in the Region I Section II Championship, 2-0 to the Silver Knights of Tyler Consolidated at the Eagles Hydro Field in New Martinsville, Oct. 21.
Brandan Frey and Justin Cooper each scored a goal, while Waylon Rosenlieb and Skylar Kinnard each added an assist for the Knights. Their keeper, Einar Mellen, only had to make three saves, while the Blue Eagles’ Mike Winters turned away eight Silver Knight shots.
The Eagles ended the season with a 9-6-2 record.
They had six seniors: Jason Long, Isaac Howell, Ethan Arman, Seth Blake, Chase Cain, Hillary Malec and Nicole Schoolcraft. Also leaving the team next year will be exchange student Saris ‘Just’ Kongpichetkel. Magnolia was coached by Brian Jones and Heidi Johnson. “We matured a lot over the season and will return a very talented bunch of underclassmen, that I expect will do a very good job,” said Coach Jones.