Red Riders still going through the motions, fall to Fairmont Senior

SETTING UP — Weir High’s Evan Gilbert races past Fairmont Senior’s Isaac Branch, left, and Michael Floyd on Saturday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

WEIRTON — Weir High boys soccer coach Matthew Kopp knew his team was facing a tough challenge on Saturday when it welcomed Fairmont Senior to Jimmy Carey Stadium.

The Polar Bears proved to be just that, pulling away to hand the Red Riders a 6-1 defeat.

“They are definitely one of the top teams in the state,” Kopp said of Fairmont Senior. “You come into this, and you’ve got to fight for survival. You sit back and try to defend, clear the ball and get chances when you can get them on set pieces and counters, but they just apply so much pressure and have so many different assets for talent that, eventually, they are going to break through. They broke through on a lot of set pieces that we should have been able to hold them off on.”

Kopp thought his Red Riders (1-3) started to find it’s way against the tough Polar Bears (2-0) in the second half, but the deficit was already 5-0 when James Litlleton put Weir on the board with 9:03 to play.

“I think if we would have came out like we did in the second half in the first half, it would have been a different game,” he said. “I think when we see them again it should be a different game. We just didn’t come into it ready for their type of talent in this situation.”

Though he did not make excuses of it, injuries are something Kopp felt hurt his team.

“We have had a lot of injuries, both (Saturday) and through the season so far that we are filling in for,” he said. “They took it to us and did what they were supposed to do. It was a good game by them. We have got to keep working to get better and be able to compete with them later on in the year.”

The Polar Bears got goals from four different players, including two each from John Davis and Bubby Towns. Seth Stilgenbauer and Nicky Keefover added the other Polar Bears goals.

Weir is back in action Monday, hosting Tyler Consolidated.

Fairmont Senior is off until Thursday when it travels to face Bridgeport, W.Va.