Bridgeview, IL (June 26, 2012)- The Michigan Bucks ran their Premier Development League (PDL) unbeaten streak to ten games on Tuesday when they came away with a hard fought 1-1 tie with perennial Great Lakes division rivals the Chicago Fire Premier. It took a last minute tally by the Fire to end a team record 675 minute (nearly seven and a half games) span without conceding a goal. The 88th minute tally from Fire defender Eric Pothast offset a first half strike by Stefan St. Louis to give the Fire a much needed point to keep them in the playoff hunt.
The tie keeps the Bucks unbeaten on the season (8-0-2, 26 points) and nine points clear of second place
atop the division. The Fire go to 3-4-3 (12 points) for their 2012 campaign, just three points behind FC London for the third and final playoff spot with less than three weeks left in the season.
The Bucks came out attacking in the first half but could only finish the one opportunity in the 27th minute. Nermin Crnkic broke down the sideline and ripped a shot that was saved into the middle of the box, where an opportunistic
was the first to the ball and headed home his fifth goal of the season to garner Bucks’ Man of the Match honors.
’ goal also tied him for the team lead with Tom Catalano and Crnkic, who also have five tallies for the season.
Adam Grinwis stood tall in the
goal registering several outstanding saves (of seven in total) that kept the Fire off the scoreboard. Just when it appeared that Grinwis would record his sixth shutout of the season, the Fire pulled back the game tying tally following a Bucks foul and yellow card to Kevin Cope. The ensuing free kick went into the box, was saved by Grinwis twice and knocked past him when the Bucks defenders failed to clear. Grinwis’ record on the season goes to 7-1-1 (5 shutouts) including his great four game stretch in the US Open Cup.
The Bucks will prepare for the second of three road matches this week when they travel to
for a rematch with FC London on Friday night. The game sets up to be a key match up for all Great Lakes division playoff hopefuls, as
looks to avenge a 1-0 defeat from the Bucks at Ultimate Soccer Arenas less than two weeks ago. With a FC London win and a
loss this week, the Canadians can leap frog the team from
into second place behind the Bucks. Meanwhile, the Bucks will be looking to put some additional distance between themselves and the rest of the pack knowing the final two games of the season are back to back games with the second place Rovers.
Following the Friday night match in
, the Bucks will make a quick return trip to Bridgeview to take on the Fire for the third and final time of the season on Sunday afternoon. The Bucks next home match will be Saturday night, July 7 against the Cincinnati Kings at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in
. All tickets for this match are $10 Adults and $7 Youth but can be purchased for the special pre sale price of only $6 online by visiting the Bucks web site at www.buckssoccer.com and clicking on the TICKETS link.