After big games at LSU-Eunice on Saturday, both the Rich Mountain men’s and women’s soccer teams opened conference play on Wednesday at Northeastern A&M in Oklahoma.
In the first game on Saturday, the Bucks women’s team faced off against the Bengals of LSU-Eunice. The Rich Mountain women fell short 5-0. Samaris Alvarado scored three goals for LSU-Eunice, as Marcela Ramirez and Chloe Dean knocked in one goal each as well.
Bucks Head Coach, Brian Byrd, commented on the girls game saying, “We got off to a slow start. The heat beat us down.”
Byrd added, “The girls really listened at halftime and made some proper adjustments, and we played toe-to-toe with them in the second half. I really feel like we made a break through at halftime that will help us the rest of the season.”
“These girls are special. They really care and are working hard. I’m super proud to be their coach.”
In the men’s game, the Bucks scored their first goal of the game 28 minutes into the contest, when Euwin Stevens assisted Mackenzie Crerie to the goal.
Rich Mountain held the Bengals scoreless and added another goal to their side of the scoreboard when Daniel Perez scored on a penalty kick during the 84th minute. The Bucks completed the shutout and won the match 2-0.
“This was a big win for us, and a huge step forward for a new program” said Coach Byrd. “LSU-Eunice got a lot of national attention last year, so nobody expected us to travel to their place and compete, much less win in that fashion.”
Byrd continued, “The boys have bought into the program and training. They are in this to make a statement and compete for it all. We are in good form right now, and we need to keep the momentum going into conference play. I really think that this is the start of something special here at UA Rich Mountain.”
The Bucks will be back in action on Sunday at Bearcat Stadium as Murray State comes to town. The women’s contest is scheduled to kickoff at 2:00pm with the men to follow at 4:00pm. Byrd noted, “I hope the community will keep the strong support up and fill the stadium on Sunday.”