The Rich Mountain Bucks men's soccer team has made history last Wednesday, August 21. 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."
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.
On Saturday, August 24, the Rich Mountain men's soccer team won their second game of the season with a 2-1 victory over Harding University, an NCAA DII college. Daniel Perez and Maurice Theart each scored a goal for Bucks in their win.
Following the Bucks win on Saturday, Coach Byrd commented, "This is a great win over a four-year, DII school. We still have a lot to work on."
Byrd added, "We persevered through some heavy pressure, but we got a couple of goals and held out for the 90 minutes. I'm proud of the boys' efforts. This is just the beginning, we have a long way to go."
In their most second games, both the Rich Mountain men's and women's teams traveled to Jacksonville College on Tuesday, August 27. Both Bucks squads suffered close losses, as the women's team fell 3-0, and the men's team 3-2.
Rich Mountain Soccer will be back in action on Sunday, September 1, at Paris Junior College, before the Bucks men's team hosts Lyon College on Monday, September 2, at Bearcat Stadium.