The Logan High School soccer team had a productive weekend as the Wildcats split in action in the 10-team Bishop’s Cup tournament at Huntington.
Logan (2-3-1), won its second ever match in school history on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Parkersburg Catholic at the YMCA’s Kennedy Center soccer pitch.
The Wildcats were blanked 2 to nil last Friday by Clarksburg Notre Dame.
In Saturday’s win, Logan took the lead for good 1-0 with Kyle Browning’s goal.
“After that we started hitting our grove,” Logan coach Jay Trump said. “If you would have looked at the scorer’s book it looked like a dart board. With the shots we were getting, Dino Noe was able to find the open lanes getting the ball where it was needed.”
Browning scored his second goal to make it 2-0. Walker Jeffery then added another goal as Logan won easily.
“For the first year there is a learning curve and we feel like we have come a long way since Day One,” Trump said.
In Friday’s loss to the Irish of Clarksburg Notre Dame, Logan fell into a 2-0 hole at halftime.
That’s how the game stayed.
“You could still see the fight was still left in our eyes,” Trump said. “Dino Noe had to leave us to get ready for a football game back at the Logan Wildcats Football Stadium. We all took a step back and said, ‘It’s not over until the horn goes off in the end. Let’s play this game like we are starting over with it being 0-0 and see what happens.’ The team came together and in the end when the last seconds went off the score was 2-0 with the Cats holding them scoreless the entire second half.”
Trump said several played well on defense.
“This was led by Joey Vinson in the back defense. We had to move Stephen Clemens from defense to midfield where we lost Noe to the football game,” Trump said. “Along the back defense we put Austin Thompson to cover. For a player that has never played before he plays his heart out. Along in the back was Michael Honeycutt and Whitney Evans. You’ve got to have a strong defense to play this game or you will get killed at it. To hold them scoreless the entire second half we had a strong defense.”
Trump said playing in the tourney was a good experience for his young team.
“With this all being said I felt like we went there and was amazed with the Bishops Cup Tournament. It was amazing,” he said. “To Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School that put it on this year a big thank you for the invite. That Logan High soccer team held their own on the fields with very hard and experienced competition.”
LHS is scheduled to get back into action with Thursday’s home match against Winfield (5-0) at 5:30 p.m. The Generals are ranked sixth in the state in this week’s West Virginia High School Soccer Association state rankings.
East Fairmont (5-0) is first, George Washington (6-0) second, Nitro (3-0-1) third, Parkersburg (4-1-1) fourth and Oak Hill (6-0) fifth.
Nitro and Winfield are new members of the Cardinal Conference.
Herbert Hoover (7-0), another league member, is ranked No. 9 in the state.
2016 Logan High School
Soccer Schedule (2-3-1):
Aug. 20: at Nitro, L 1-11
Aug. 23: Riverside, L 0-4
Aug. 27: Poca, T 1-1
Aug. 30: at Mingo Central, W 7-1
Sept. 2: vs. Notre Dame (Huntington tourney), L 0-2
Sept. 3: vs. Parkersburg Catholic (Huntington tourney), W 3-0
Sept. 8: Winfield, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 12: Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Sept. 14: Lincoln County, 6 p.m. (JV only)
Sept. 15: at Sissonville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17: Belfry (Ky.), 10 a.m.
Sept. 24: at Herbert Hoover, 11 a.m.
Oct. 1: at Belfry (Ky.), 10 a.m.
Oct. 6: Mingo Central, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 10: at Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Oct. 12: Lincoln County, 6 p.m. (JV only)
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).