Blue Knight men win 9th straight match

The 20th-ranked Urbana University men’s soccer team won its ninth straight match Friday afternoon, setting a new school record for consecutive NCAA wins with a 4-0 triumph over Concord. The first-place Blue Knights are now 9-1-1 overall and 7-1 against Mountain East Conference foes, and UU has now captured its most league wins since joining the MEC two years ago.

Lewis Dunne, who scored his second career game-winner against the Mountain Lions, converted two penalty kicks, with the first giving UU the 1-0 lead in the 37th minute. His second PK goal came late in the second half after the Blue Knights were comfortably ahead, tying UU’s season-high goal total in a match this season. The junior from Ellesmere Port, England, now has a career-high four goals on the season.

Before the visitors could recollect themselves after Dunne’s first goal, the lightning-quick UU attack struck again in the ensuing minute.

Junior Ben Fitzpatrick scored for the third time in four games, beating the CU keeper on a rebound in the box. Fitzpatrick, one of two captains for UU, helped control the pace during the entire match.

Fitzpatrick also dished a great ball for an assist to Alex Zanotti, who finished with a screamer off his left foot at the top of the box, putting UU up 3-0 in the 71st minute.

UU put on a beautiful offensive display, which featured 30 shots and 14 shots on goal – the exact same numbers from the previous home game against Shepherd.

Senior Nathan Jones improved to 8-0 between the posts, recording his fifth shutout. He didn’t face much pressure due to a stifling UU defense, and was forced to defend against only five total shot attempts.

Leading the barrage on offense was Raoui Lassoued, who attempted nine shots and came close to scoring on nearly every attempt.

Fitzpatrick finished with five shots, while Dunne and senior Michael McFarlane ended with four shots apiece.

The Blue Knights also registered nine corner kicks and only gave up one corner to Concord.

UU will have nearly a week off, before the biggest match of the year.

The Blue Knights are set to battle No. 5 Charleston for first place on Thursday, Oct. 15. That contest will begin at 4 p.m. in Charleston, W. Va., as UU looks to avenge its only loss of the season.

Graham girls fall to NW

Northwestern beat Graham, 2-1, in CBC girls soccer.

Graham scored first on a header by Miller from a corner kick delivered by White.

Junior high volleyball

The WL-S 7th graders defeated Triad, 25-20, 25-21. Olivia Muirhead had 8 aces, Selena Weaver had 3 kills and Emily Scott added 3 good serve receives for the Tigers.

The WL-S 8th graders also beat Triad, 21-25, 25-16, 25-15. Alex Burton had 6 kills and 4 good serve receives, Kaylah Erwin had 4 kills and 4 aces, Kennah Erwin added 10 aces and Sydnee Payer had 3 solo blocks for the Tigers.

Junior high football

WL-S defeated Central Catholic, 63-0. The Tigers pulled out to a 34-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and had a 55-0 lead by halftime.

Ethan Cole had two touchdowns and kicked an extra point for the Tigers. Zayne Reed threw a touchdown to Matthew Loffing, Eli McGill and Jaison Council. Zander Piatt, Isaac Lee and Ethan Larson each rushed for a touchdown in the win. Kyle Wolfe, Keeghan Brown, Lane Boggs and Cooper Havens each added to the scoring with 2-point conversion runs.

On defense, Isaiah McGill had an interception for a touchdown and Trenton Douthewaite also had an interception. Isaac Lee and Blayne Oder each had a fumble recovery and Cooper Havens had a sack.

The Tigers (6-0) will play their final game of the season on Thursday at home vs. Cedarville.

Citizen staff report