In first game as full-fledged varsity squad, Tigers give Union a scare.

It wasn’t a win.

But the St. James High School boys’ soccer team sure made a positive statement in its first game as a full-fledged varsity program.

In their season-opener Tuesday the Tigers limited highly-regarded Union to just a second-half goal in a 1-0 Four Rivers Conference setback on the newly-remodeled St. James High Multi-Purpose Field.

After a scoreless first half, the Union Wildcats scored on a penalty with 10 minutes remaining for the game-winner.

St. James’ starting keeper, senior Adam Goad, suffered a concussion and will likely miss the next two weeks. Also, the Tigers’ top scorer from last year’s inaugural squad, senior forward Brenn Bartz, suffered a pulled groin muscle.

“Although this was a tough loss for our kids, I consider it a major victory for the team,” said St. James head coach Tom Sawyer. “Union is a strong Class (3) school with a long history and a top-notch soccer program. We had a couple of good scoring chances in both halves and it was a well-fought game from start to finish.

“Unfortunately Goad got a minor concussion and it’s not clear yet when Bartz will be able to return. Both are important players to the team and their loss will have a significant impact.”

The Tigers were scheduled to play another league game at Sullivan today.