Pontiac, MI (June 19, 2012)- The Michigan Bucks hit the halfway mark of the 2012 PDL season with a 1-0 shutout of the Toronto Lynx on Tuesday night at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac to run their regular season record to 7-0-1,(22 points) and sit alone atop the Great Lakes Division. The one goal victory was the team’s third consecutive 1-0 victory and fifth consecutive shutout, putting the team eight points clear of second place
and FC London (14 points). The Bucks 7-0-1 start to the season is second all time to their 8-0 start in 2008 (when they went on to win the PDL regular season title for the second time).
The Bucks attacking style of soccer continued on Tuesday night as they outshot the Lynx 25-8 and had a decisive advantage in corner kicks (10-1), but for the fifth time in the past six matches game could not muster up more than one goal. The first half started similar to the first match of the season with the young team from
, with the hard working visitors disrupting the Bucks offensive rhythm. Along the way, Bucks goal keeper Adam Grinwis was called on to make several key saves in the game’s first 45 minutes to record his fourth league victory and fourth shutout of the season.
After the first twenty minutes, the home side settled in and began their usual assault on the opponent’s goal and finished the half with 13 shots on goal, forcing Lynx keeper Matthew Silva into three saves. Silva would prove to be the Man of the Match for
and would save his best work for the second half. Bucks forwards Steve Miller and Anthony Grant combined well with attacking mid Tom Catalano to put constant pressure on the
goal, but the game was scoreless at halftime.
Bucks head coach Gary Parsons brought in Bucks striker Nermin Crnkic to start the second half to try and light a fire under the offense. Nermin made an immediate impact and made countless runs at the
defense creating one corner kick after another. It was from a well deserved corner that the Bucks finally broke the night’s scoring drought after watching Silva make several incredible saves to keep the teams scoreless. In the 71st minute Catalano served a corner kick that was headed to the opposite side of the box by Justin Sass to an onrushing Crnkic who hit a one time volley from 20 yards out into the top corner for his fifth goal of the season and third game winner. The Bucks would continue to press the final twenty minutes to put the game away, but Silva continued to shine in the nets for the Lynx.
Parsons was happy with the team’s start but concerned about the finishing in the final third. “We have had over 20 shots in just about every game in which we have only scored one goal this season, so it does get frustrating for everyone. Sometimes your finishing is awful, sometimes the keeper is outstanding and other nights you think it is just not your night. Tonight their keeper was outstanding and kept them in the game. It could have been over at halftime but they scrap and just won’t go away,” said Parsons. “At the end of the day, you need to learn how to win 1-0 games if you are going to do something special on the year so from that point of view we are getting very good. Our fans aren’t leaving early to any Bucks game so we know they are getting their money’s worth. We do need to learn to put people away long before the 80th minute and I am confident we will get that right during the second half of the season.”
The Bucks won’t have much time to make adjustments as the Cincinnati Kings come to town on Thursday for the second game of Ultimate Soccer Arena’s Fan Appreciation Week. Thanks to the owners of
, all Bucks normally priced tickets ($10/$7) are only $3 at the door when the Bucks battle the Kings for the second of three matches this year. Michigan defeated
4-2 on the road on June 1. Presale tickets are available at the Bucks web site at www.buckssoccer.com.
BUCKS SUMMER CAMPS FILLING UP FAST!
The Michigan Bucks only two week long summer camps inside air conditioned Ultimate Soccer Arenas are filling up fast. Don’t miss out on your child’s opportunity to get high level training from the Bucks professional and college all stars, who are some of the best soccer trainers in the area. The Bucks camp is designed to accommodate boys and girls ages 6-15 and all skill levels. All players will be placed in a group that best suits their talent level to insure that all campers enjoy the week’s soccer education. Siblings and youth teams are encouraged to attend camp together as well. The Bucks camps run July 9-13 and July 30- Aug 3. Both camps are Monday- Friday from 9-3.
Campers will receive a Bucks t shirt, certificate of completion and four tickets to an upcoming Bucks game all for only $199. Campers can register today at the Bucks web site at www.buckssoccer.com and click on the CAMPS link.