Cyclones play U-H to scoreless tie on the pitch

Published 2:05 am Friday, March 25, 2022

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
There is just something special about when the Elizabethton and University High soccer teams meet on the pitch year in and year out and Thursday’s game at Citizens Bank Stadium wasn’t any different.
For 90 minutes, both teams battled each other back and forth and the end result was a 0-0 tie when the final whistle sounded to end the contest.
The Cyclones had a couple of opportunities in the first half but every time the ball got anywhere near the net, U-H goalkeeper Sam McGee was making sure to sweep up any shot sent his direction.
Mason Williams was equally impressive as he battled any play that came within reach of the goal keeper’s box to earn the shutout for the Cyclones.
“The two really good opportunities that we had, the keeper stopped the ball,” said Cyclone head coach Bill McClay. “This is the first game that we haven’t scored in on the season.
“Defensively, that is two shutouts in a row so we will take that.”
The Cyclones were playing without Eli Williams who has three goals and three assists on the season and Isaac Hurley who had totaled four goals.
McClay said the spring break couldn’t come at a better time as his team has been conditioning since November and welcomes the time off.
“They deserve the break and hopefully we can get past a couple of injuries,” McClay said. “We did a lot of things well tonight, but in the second half they packed it in there so we are going to have to do more side to side.”

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