Weir boys unable to overcome first-half deficit, defeated by Morgantown, 5-2
WEIRTON — The Weir boys soccer team outscored Morgantown in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome a four-goal deficit.
The damage was done in the first half, and the Mohigans defeated the Red Riders, 5-2, in the second game of a girls and boys doubleheader Tuesday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium.
“We have tried to switch how we play since the Linsly game,” Weir (10-3-1) head coach Matt Kopp said. “We decided to switch back to the way we were playing when we beat good teams like Philip Barbour. We asked them to show us they could do it, and they showed us. We told them to look at Morgantown and to learn from them. We want to learn how to move the ball like that and to be calm with the ball. We were able to score off of counters, but I want us to be a calmer with the ball.”
Morgantown made some mistakes on both ends of the field.
“They are a solid team. They put pressure on us.” Morgantown (11-4) head coach Sam Snyder said. “We had mental lapses on both ends, resulting in goals being scored or not being scored. We didn’t score a couple of times, and they were able to score a couple of times. Learning is one thing early in the season, but when it comes to October it is unacceptable. We want to go on a playoff run.
“I challenged them to complete 400 passes. I challenged them to score multiple goals. I challenged them to get a shutout. I will have to go back and look at the film and see if we had the 400 passes and to make a completion evaluation of our performance.”
Skylar Jackson collected a goal and an assist to lead the way for Weir’s offense, while Joe Iafrate tallied a goal. Elijah Stewart assisted on Iafrate’s goal. Jonathan Howard made four saves in goal.
“As a head coach, I have a terrible record at Weir,” Snyder said. “We were able to score early and take the lead, and that took some of the stress off. We had a strong performance. We had some good combo play where we were able to open things up and get some quality chances.
“On a negative, Weir was able to score off counters. Their counters are really good. We are going to have to work on our defense against counters.”
Ali Mohommed delivered two goals for Morgantown, while Ben Rosiello, Aiden Pfeifer and Mossima Darmilio each tallied one. Ahmad Mikky and Muhammad Uqaily tallied assists. Carter Cave made two saves in goal.
“They are a quality program,” Kopp said. “I watched tape of them against University. I knew it was going to be a difficult day. I did not expect this, but I knew we were going to have to do everything right. We were going to have to do everything well. They play at a high level. They have an established program at Morgantown. I knew it was going to be a difficult day.”
Pfeifer’s goal came on a penalty kick.
Iafrate recorded the first goal for the Red Riders, while Jackson netted the second one.
“We have a tough stretch upcoming,” Kopp said. “We play East Liverpool, and then we play Wheeling Park, University again and Fairmont Senior. We play some big schools. We are going to have to play teams like this in the tournament. We are going to have to learn how to play against these teams. We can compete, but we have to beat these schools. We are not there yet.”
Weir: Travels to East Liverpool at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Morgantown: Hosts Lewis County at noon Saturday.