The Rich Mountain Bucks soccer teams traveled to Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa last Thursday, October 3.
In the women's match, the Bucks (1-8-2, 1-5-2) and Lady Mavericks (4-6-0, 3-4-0) were scoreless 0-0 at halftime. However, in the second half, NOC tallied four total goals to win the game. Emma Peak scored twice for the Lady Mavericks, as Janet Moreno and Sofie Joergensen both added one goal a piece.
"We started the game well and the girls fought hard. The wind changed in the second half, and our opponents had a major advantage in the second half that they fully used to their advantage," said Coach Byrd following the women's game.
"We don't like to make excuses, and there are definitely things we can fix."
Rich Mountain (4-2-2, 1-2-2) was the first team to score in the men's contest as Euwin Stevens hit the back of the net off of an assist from Josh Gounden. At halftime, the Bucks led 1-0.
In the second half, the Mavericks of NOC scored a goal of their own to tie the goal a 1-1. The score remained 1-1 until the end of regulation, and after two overtime periods the game ended in a tie.
"The boys put in a solid effort and played a really good match. We had a few chances to put it away in overtime, but you had to give credit is due and their goalkeeper made a couple of unreal saves to keep them in the game," said Coach Byrd.
On Sunday, October 6, the Bucks soccer teams hosted Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College at Bearcat Stadium to kickoff the second half of Region II play.
The Bucks held the Lady Norse (3-8-1, 2-5-1) to only two goals in the opening half, to trail 2-0 at halftime. However, in the second half, NEO turned up the heat and scored four goals within a 20-minute time period to put the icing on the cake and win the match 6-0.
"We played really feel in the first half. Unfortunately, we let some negative comments get under our skin and played with a little frustration. It is something we have to grow into and mature. We cannot allow ourselves to get frustrated like that and have the wheels come over," noted Byrd after the loss.
With 29 minutes remaining in the men's game, the contest was postponed due to weather. The Bucks held a 1-0 and will retain that lead when the match is rescheduled.
Rich Mountain Soccer is back on road on Thursday, October 10, as the Bucks travel to Murray State College to take on the Aggies.
Going into Thursday's game, Coach Byrd says, "Both teams have had a very good week of practice and they are ready and prepared to take on Murray State."
"They are a very respected program on both the girls and guys side within the NJCAA and we look forward to those games and take advantage of the opportunity."
"There is a lot at stake in the guy's game when it comes to qualification for the Regional Tournament. I expect an intense match between those guys and I look forward to it."
This Sunday, October 13, the Bucks women's team will host Redlands Community College, as the men take on Bacone College at Bearcat Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00pm for the women's game and 5:00pm for the men's.