Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 21, 2013

Lady Beavers fall to Pocahontas girls

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

EAST RIVER — “We’ve won a game, we’ve tied a few, but I’ve never been more proud. In this loss they actually played as a team. It was a great game.”

Those were the comments of Bluefield High School girls soccer coach Ricky Lester following his team’s defeat at the hands of Pocahontas County, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at a rainy, soggy East River Soccer Complex.

The two teams played to a draw in the first 40 minutes, Bluefield taking the lead on a goal by Abby Atwell at the 15:30 mark of the first half. Pocahontas County later tied at when Haley Duncan put in a rebound with 10:18 to go in the half.

Goals by Makela Jonese and Ally Burns put the visitors ahead 3-1 before Atwell, on a breakaway, scored her second goal of the game to pull the Lady Beavers to within one.

Bluefield played aggressively, and with 45 seconds remaining Lexy Trigg was loose on a breakaway but the Pocahontas County goalkeeper made a tremendous diving save to keep the ball out of the goal.

“We had Lexy several one-on-ones but a slippery field, just a tough game to play in, such bad weather,” Lester said. “We just came up a little bit short.”

“It (the weather) was tough on both teams, a lot of footbing problems, a real challenge for them to controll the ball as wet as it was,” said Pocahontas County coach David Jonese. “I thought both teams did a really good job handling the ball and keeping it very intense.”

Bluefield played with 11 girls in this game, allowing for no substitutions. Lester said the team, has played four games with nine girls, three games with 10 and this was their second game with a full compliment of players.

Pocahontas County is 4-4 while Bluefield is 1-8-2.