The Rich Mountain Bucks men's soccer team improved their record to 2-1 on Sunday, September 1, with a 2-0 win over the Paris Junior College Dragons. In the first half, Cesar Requena (Lima, Peru) scored the first goal for the Bucks with an assist by Maurice Theart (Parklands, South Africa). Theart scored a goal of his own in the second half, thanks to an assist from Josh Gounden (Durban, South Africa).
Bucks Head Coach Brian Byrd called the game a "huge win" for his team. "They are a very good team from Region 14, which is the toughest conference in the country."
Byrd added, "We played really well. We defended and attacked well. We learned a lot, and I am real proud of the boys. It was a big win for us."
On Labor Day, the Bucks hosted a JV scrimmage with the Lyon College Scots at Bearcat Stadium. After trailing 1-0 at halftime, Rich Mountain prevailed and won the scrimmage 2-1. Byrd noted on the scrimmage, "A lot of players showed up and wanted to make their case for the starting lineup. A couple of players really shined."
This Saturday, September 7, both the Rich Mountain men's and women's (0-2) soccer teams will be in action at LSU-Eunice. On the upcoming game, Coach Byrd stated, "LSU_Eunice is going to be a tough match."
"They were one of the best teams in the country last year, and that is why I scheduled them."
The Bucks game this Saturday is their final non-conference match before traveling to Northeastern A&M on September 11 for their first conference game of the season.