Bucks Prepare For Regular Season Play

After the Meet the Bucks event and a few scrimmages, the Rich Mountain Bucks soccer teams are ready for the regular season. Last Tuesday, August 13, the Bucks traveled to Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas for a scrimmage. The Rich Mountain women's team defeated the Scots 2-1, before the Bucks men's team won 5-4.

At the Meet the Bucks event last Thursday, all of the Rich Mountain athletes and coaches were introduced to the fans in the stands. Following their introductions, the men's soccer team faced off in a scrimmage. No official score was kept, however, Maurice Theart of Parklands, South Africa scored two goals of his own for the red team.

Following the game, Theart commented on the atmosphere saying, "It was amazing. I just want to say thank you to all the people that came out."

Theart continued, "It really means a lot to us. The team is really bonding now, and we have started to play better."

The Bucks Head Coach, Brian Byrd, noted on the Meet the Bucks event, "The atmosphere was really cool. A big thanks to everybody that made this happen."

On the scrimmage Byrd stated, "When we get the top eleven out of this whole group it is going to be something pretty special."

Two days after the Meet the Bucks event, Rich Mountain Soccer traveled to Mt. Pleasant, Texas to scrimmage the Northeast Texas Eagles. The Bucks women's team was defeated 3-0 before the men's team lost 11-2.

Less than 24 hours later, the Rich Mountain men's soccer team was geared up again and took on the Ouachita Baptist Tigers in a scrimmage at Bearcat Stadium on Sunday. After two 45-minute halves and a 10-minute overtime period, neither team was able to strike the back of the net as the contest ended in a 0-0 tie.

Following all of the preseason play, Coach Byrd noted on his teams saying, "Everyone has had their chance to shine in the couple of scrimmages we have played. From this point on it is real."

Byrd added, "Starting Wednesday all the games count, and our goal of getting to the National Tournament starts."

On the first couple weeks of training and scrimmages Byrd said, "The brutal heat has made it rough, but everyone has fought through it. I'm super proud of all the guys and girls for pushing through it, working hard, and for believing in the coaching."

"I'm looking forward to a great season."

This Wednesday, August 21, the Bucks traveled to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas to take on the Red Ravens. Rich Mountain Soccer will be back in action on Thursday, August 22, as the Bucks travel to Neosho, before the men's team hosts Harding University on Saturday, August 24, at 2:00pm at Bearcat Stadium.

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