Last Thursday, Coach Brian Byrd and the Rich Mountain Bucks men’s soccer team hosted the Bethesda University Flames all the way from Anaheim, California for an exhibition game.

Midway through the first half, Rich Mountain’s Maurice Theart scored the first goal of the contest to get the Bucks on the board. The Bucks held the lead throughout the match, until the Flames tied it up with 15 minutes left to play in the second half.

After a tie at the end of regulation, the two teams went into a round of penalty kicks. Both teams remained knotted at 1-1 following five penalty kicks, so the game moved on to 1v1 sudden death. Rich Mountain then went on to win the matchup 2-1.

“This was a great emotional win for us,” said head coach Brian Byrd. “The guys were really wanting some outside competition to go head-to-head with, and this was a physical, heated, and emotional match.”

Byrd continued, “To beat a team that was in their seventh game of the season, and in mid-season form, was a challenge, but we stood our ground and came out with the W.”

In terms of a key play maker during the contest, Byrd pin-pointed goalie Edward Garcia. “Edwards had a great game and came up with 3 key saves in the penalty kick shootout. He was our man of the match.”

Next Monday, both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Rich Mountain will travel to Northeast Texas Community College for an exhibition contest with the Eagles.

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