Both the Rich Mountain men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted Rose State at Bearcat Stadium on Sunday, September 29.
The Bucks women’s team (1-6-2, 1-3-2) matched up with the #10 ranked Lady Raiders (8-0-2, 5-0-1) of Rose State. Nineteen minutes into the match, April Hill scored for the first goal of the game for the Lady Raiders, as they eventually took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Bucks defense held Rose State until the 79 minute mark. Laura Carvajal scored the Lady Raiders second goal of the game, just four minutes before Chelsie Hay sealed the contest and extended the away teams lead to 3-0.
“We had no energy,” said Bucks Coach Brian Byrd following the game. “It was disappointing to say the least. The environment was flat all around, and we have to show up with a bit more passion than that.”
Moving on to the men’s game, the Bucks (4-2-2, 1-1-2) faced off with the Rose State Raiders (4-6-0, 2-3-0). Rose State was the only team to score in the first half, as Abduquadri Bolakale hit the back of the net for the Raiders 26:28 into the game.
After trailing 1-0 at halftime, Maurice Theart nailed a penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1 at the 57:15 mark. The momentum for the Bucks quickly shifted though, as the Raiders went on to score at the 62 minute mark, and again with 8 minutes left in the contest, to make the final score 3-1.
Following the men’s game, Coach Byrd noted, “We were the better team all around, but it goes to show what two small mistakes can do and how they can change a game.”
Byrd continued, “The guys have moved on and are ready to make things right. I believe in this team, they believe in themselves. We will make this right. It’s one loss - not the end of the season. We are achieving so much in our inaugural year.”
On Thursday, October 3, the Bucks will travel to Northern Oklahoma College to take on the Mavericks. Northern’s women’s team hold an overall record 3-6, while the men tally a sluggish 2-8 record.
Coach Byrd expects a better showing from his teams on Thursday, as well as on Sunday, as the Bucks host Northeastern A&M at Bearcat Stadium.