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Weir High boys soccer team cruises to 11-0 victory, prepares for Oak Glen

RECEIVING — Weir High’s Brayden Lawton sets up a pass attempt to teammate Christian Flannigan during the Red Riders’ Region 1 Section 1 contest Monday against Tyler Consolidated. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

WEIRTON — Many positives can come from an 11-0 boys soccer sectional contest to prepare the winning team for the next round.

Weir High is hoping that is the case after winning its Region 1 Section 1 opener over Tyler Consolidated on Monday. For one, it marked the first time this season that the third-seeded Red Riders (6-10) defeated any opponent by more than two goals.

“We actually have not had a big win all season,” Weir High head coach Matt Kopp said. “We normally don’t have to play this game because we’re normally in the top two seeds. I’m a little disappointed in that, but it also was good to get a little confidence back in them. Our second half of the season was rough. We played Morgantown, Wheeling Park, Fairmont Senior and so on. I was glad we were able to come out and take advantage in a game where we needed to take advantage and do what they were supposed to do.”

Weir High definitely took advantage early and often. It led 4-0 before the 30-minute in the first half and 7-0 at halftime. Leading the charge was Antonio Pittman, who collected a pair of goals and two assists.

“I was very proud of him. He was able to get those goals and an assist within the first five or so minutes in the game,” Kopp said. “He’s a freshman and one of the better freshmen we’ve had in the last few years. He sees the game and controls the game as a center mid striker. He kind of works the game and was a big reason why we were able to take advantage early.”

Jacob Morgan also scored twice. Other goals came from Michael Iafrate, Johnny Kirlangitis, Dante Bruno, Christian Flannigan and Alex Orris. Bruno also had two assists, while one each were recorded by Iafrate, Dominic Guiddy and Brayden Lawton. The final two goals were own goals by Tyler Consolidated.

Goalkeeper Johnathan Howard, who averages 8.6 saves per game, did not need to make one Monday, as Tyler did not have a shot on goal.

UP NEXT

Weir High: Travels to face second-seeded Oak Glen on Thursday. The game will start 30 minutes after the girls contests that begins at 5 p.m. The Golden Bears bested the Red Riders, 4-3, on Sept. 14 at Weir High.

“It was a weird game. By the time we really got our lineup in, we were already down by two or three,” Kopp said. “Obviously, there are no guarantees. It can go either way, especially during playoff time. We think it could and should, but you never know. They’re good enough to beat us. If we lose, it won’t be because we didn’t deserve it. Their goalie (Jacob Clark) can easily keep us out because we didn’t do enough to beat him.”

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