Pontiac, MI (June 15, 2012)- The Michigan Bucks completed their fourth United Soccer League (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) game in the last eight days in similar fashion, shutting out all four opponents. The stingy Bucks defense, led by goal keeper Adam Grinwis (6-1, 5 shutouts on the season) kept a hard working FC London team off the scoreboard and dropped them to third place in the Great Lakes Division. Attacking midfielder Scott Caldwell headed home a Steve Miller cross in the game’s 9th minute with what would prove to be the game winner.
The Bucks started the game attacking the young London defense with strikers Stefan St. Louis and Steve Miller pounding the ball down both flanks. St. Louis would prove to be the most dangerous of the Bucks forwards but was not able to convert a goal from his relentless pressure. With the Bucks leading the game and securely in first place in the division (6-0-1, 19 points) and London (3-2-2, 11 points) now in third, the Canadian rivals were desperate to try and get some points on the evening.
The Bucks came out driving in the second half as well and had a couple of early opportunities before Man of the Match Adam Grinwis would step up in the 62nd minute to put his stamp on the game. Grinwis came charging out to collect a through ball in his penalty area when he was whistled for a foul. London was awarded a penalty kick, where striker Tom Owens stepped up to try and pull the visitor’s level. Grinwis shook off the referee’s decision to award the visitors the spot kick and proceeded to make a diving stop on Owens’ effort to preserve his fifth shutout of the season and to keep the Bucks run of clean sheets in tact for the past four consecutive games.
The Bucks would continue to press for the second goal of the game but would miss high and wide on a couple of great opportunities before Anthony Grant smacked a 20 yard free kick off the post and the follow up rebound by Tom Catalano looked to be in for the second goal of the game, but was cleared off the line at the last second. Bucks coach Gary Parsons made some strategic defensive moves to kill off the game’s final 20 minutes. “We knew they were going to be a hard working determined team that was desperate for three points,” said Parsons. “Our plan was simple; stick to our game plan and play Bucks soccer for 90 minutes. They needed to take some chances in the second half to get a result. Our plan was to be patient and counter attack when the opportunity arose. We played a decent game, but didn’t put it away like we had hoped to. It was a bit nerve wracking at the end, but we are getting used to that around here. We have played and shutout four very good teams in consecutive games within the past eight days. I don’t have a whole lot to complain about,” finished the reigning PDL Coach of the Year.
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The Bucks grueling season continues with home games on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. The Bucks will host the Toronto Lynx on Tuesday and the Cincinnati Kings on Thursday both at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac (7:30 PM kickoff). As a special thank you to all of our loyal fans who have supported the Bucks throughout the regular season and the US Open Cup, the Bucks will be offering $10 tickets to either of next week’s games for only $3. Fans need only show up at the box office at either game to get the ticket savings. Discounted tickets are compliments of Ultimate Soccer Arenas and the Michigan Bucks. No presale or registration is necessary.