[JULY 15, 2019 | MENA, Ark.] The inaugural Bucks Soccer team is set to take the field in the first play of the season during a scrimmage match held August 15 at Bearcat Stadium. The game will follow the ‘Meet the Bucks’ event in which all student-athletes for both soccer and cross-country will be introduced as well as all of the coaching staff for soccer, cross-country, softball, and baseball.
Head Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach Brian Byrd had a late start into the recruiting season but with his broad connections in the soccer community within the DFW area and internationally, he quickly rebound and is excited to demonstrate the high level of talent of his teams during the ‘Meet the Bucks’ event on August 15.
All members of the Youth Soccer Association, past or present, are encouraged to wear their most recent team jersey and meet at the UA Rich Mountain Bucks tent at 5:30 p.m. for an opportunity to ‘Run with the Bucks’ during their intros, be part of the National Anthem, assist with balls, etc. “These are all future Bucks as far as we’re concerned so we are looking forward to building relationships and encouraging their love of the sport,” said Coach Byrd.
Anticipating strong community support for the ‘Meet the Bucks’ event, Coach Byrd has issued a challenge to Buck fans to pack the stands, demonstrating to these new and returning student-athletes the widespread community support. Everyone is encouraged to show their spirit by wearing their Buck swag or red shirts. Businesses can show their support by Painting the Town red and black August 15.
To date, there are 41 members of the mens’ soccer team, 28 of whom are international students; 20 women, three who are international. “The talent we’ve been able to assemble by building a team of local, regional, and international talent is incredible. Even if you didn’t think you were a soccer fan, I encourage everyone to come to the scrimmage and the local games because I think the level we will be playing at will blow your mind,” said Coach Byrd.
The event is designed to be a community wide ‘pep rally’ with an Honorary Cheer Squad comprised of Acorn, Mena, and Cossatot River cheerleaders. “We are also working to have a pep band. You can’t have a pep rally without a pep band!” said Director of Community Relations LeAnn Dilbeck. “There has been so much community enthusiasm and support around the new Bucks Athletics, we are hoping to bring all of that together for a high energy event that will build our student-athletes’ spirits as they start their new seasons.”
The event starts at 6 p.m. and is completely free to the public. Be sure to follow the Bucks Athletics pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for upcoming news and events.