The Rich Mountain Bucks men's soccer team has made history tonight. In their first regular season game in school history, the Bucks defeated the Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens 6-0.
In the first half, Daniel Perez (Wickes, AR) scored the first goal of the game and the first goal in program history. Perez hit the shot with 28:05 left in the first half of play. Exactly seven minutes later, Maurice Theart (Parklands, South Africa) hit the back of the goal thanks to an assist by Caleb Summerfield (Plymouth, England).
The Bucks led the game 2-0 at the twenty-minute mark in the first half, before Theart scored again for Rich Mountain with another assist from Summerfield at the 16:54 mark.
With 6:42 left before halftime, Euwin Stevens scored for the Bucks off of a corner kick.
At halftime, Rich Mountain led the Red Ravens 4-0.
The Bucks kept dominating in the second half, as Marcos Pires (Itu, Sao Paula, Brazil) knocked in a goal assisted by Christian Lua (Mena, AR). Rich Mountain held the Red Ravens scoreless the entire game and extended their lead with the last goal of the match at the 17:57 mark as Christian Encarnacion hit the back of the net from an assist by Josh Gounden (Durban, South Africa).
Following the game, Daniel Perez who scored the first goal in Bucks history commented on the scoring play saying, "I saw the goal open and I just decided to shoot." The former Cossatot Eagle who was speechless of the moment added, "It went in."
Perez made note, "The game was great. I'm excited."
Bucks Head Coach, Brian Byrd, stated on the men's win saying, "We worked really hard on keeping our shape and defending."
"I am super proud of Daniel [Perez] on scoring the first goal in team history."
Prior to the Bucks win, the Rich Mountain women's team fell short to Coffeyville 5-1. Inek Johnson (Lubbock, TX) scored the first goal in Bucks history for the women's squad.
Byrd commented on the women's game, "The girls worked really hard and fought through some pretty severe heat with a 2pm kickoff." Byrd added that when the women's team garners a couple of players back from injuries that they will be back in rhythm for some wins.
Next up for Rich Mountain Soccer, both the men's and women's teams will take on Neosho tomorrow. Kickoff is set for 11am for the women and 1pm for the men.