The first season of Rich Mountain Soccer has officially come to an end, after a historic run by Coach Byrd and the Bucks. 

Rich Mountain traveled to Wichita, Kansas last weekend to compete in the Plains District Tournament at the Stryker Sports Complex. In the semi-final round, the Bucks (8-4-5) matched up with the Cavaliers (12-5-3) of Johnson County Community College.

Johnson County controlled much of the game from the very start, as Chavoy Malcolm scored the Cavalier’s first goal in the 37th minute of the first half. After taking a 1-0 lead into the halftime break, Johnson County continued to control in the second period. Brad Tulley gave the Cavaliers an insurance goal in the 70th minute, as Johnson County went on to win the match 2-0.

“We simply ran out of legs,” said Bucks Coach Brian Byrd . “We had 36 hours to prepare while traveling home from Oklahoma, then to wake up and drive to Wichita.”

“The other teams in the tournament had 5-8 days of rest and preparation.”

Byrd was very pleased with his team following their run saying, “The boys still fought hard to the end, however. I am beyond proud of our inaugural season.”

“The rest of the country has taken notice and we are on the map of recruits all over the world.”

“These guys simply played for one another the with season,” Byrd added. “They wanted to make the community proud and I believe they did.”

Lastly, Byrd noted, “Winning the Conference Championship in our first year is pretty historic, and lifting that trophy really felt great for all of us.”

“We are just getting things started around here.”

In their inaugural season, the Bucks finished with an overall record of 8-4-5, and made history by winning their first ever Region 2 Championship.

Congratulations to Coach Byrd and all of the Rich Mountain Bucks on a tremendous season. 

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