FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV News) – It doesn’t take an entomologist to figure out the keys to the East Fairmont High School men’s soccer team winning Saturday’s game: A stingy bee keeper and a difficult attacker to mark than a bee swarm.
East Fairmont goalie Mylaki Starsick recorded 10 saves and Levi Carpenter unleashed a three-goal surge in eight minutes at the end of the second half as the Bees parted in a tie and opened the season 2021 with a 4-1 win over Frankfort on a scorching Saturday afternoon at the Est-Ouest stadium.
The game was tied 1-1 at half-time and Frankfurt (0-1) threatened to take their first lead with a series of challenges early in the second half. Starsick made a save on Carson Adams’ point blank shot in front of the right post in the 47th minute and deflected a 20-yard attempt out of bounds three minutes later.
The ensuing corner hit the left post and after a scramble Starsick beat a Falcon forward towards the ball in the box.
East Fairmont coach Eric Wright said Stasick kept the bees in the game when the Falcons grabbed the momentum in the second half.
“Mylaki is a great goalie, one of the best in the state,” said Wright. “He kept us in there. “
Carpenter started the game from an outside midfield until Wright put him in the lead at the end of the second half.
“When we moved him to the top he completely changed the game for us,” Wright said.
East Fairmont (1-0) only managed one shot in the first 20+ minutes of the second half, but Carpenter made up for lost time. Carpenter edged out Frankfort’s defense in the Falcon’s half, slipped a defender into the box and beat the goalie on a 15-yard shot to give the Bees a 2-1 lead at 64:43.
Six minutes later, after the Bees withstood two challenges from Falcon, Carpenter beat the defense again. Frankfort goalkeeper Jake Layton came out of his line to clear the ball away from Carpenter, but the ball went straight to Ashton Cole, who shot into an empty net to extend the lead to 3-1 at 70:16.
Carpenter topped the score at 72:53 as Carpenter scored in a breakaway that was almost an instant recovery of his first goal.
“Levi is like a ball of energy,” Wright said. “And that’s what we needed upstairs at the time.”
East Fairmont broke a scoreless tie at 19:11 when Cole’s chip just inside the box passed the Frankfort goalkeeper. The ball bounced right over a Falcon defender and CJ Brandli hit the ball right in front of goal to put the Bees in the 1-0 lead.
The lead was short lived as a foul from Bees in the box led to a Frankfurt penalty at 22:20. Stasick stopped Levi Sgaggero’s pk, but Sgaggero scored the rebound to tie the game at 1-1.
Saturday’s game was East Fairmont’s first game of the season after Friday’s game at Weir was canceled due to pitch conditions. The Bees are back in action Tuesday at home against Wheeling Central Catholic. Kick-off is at 8:00 p.m. at the Est-Ouest stadium.