Bucks Stumble in Dayton for Second Straight Season
Head to Canton Cup on Saturday to host Chaos
Dayton, OH (May 24, 2017)- The Michigan Bucks ventured away from Pontiac for the first time this season and for the first time in four matches yielded a goal and came away with a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Dayton Dutch Lions. The Bucks dominated the game for ninety minutes and made only two errors all night- but those two errors ended up costing the team their three game 2017 winning streak.
The Bucks dominated possession in the first half of play but struggled to get their offense on track playing on a very narrow field at DOC Stadium. The first half was littered with throw ins and off sides as the team tried to get the opening score of the game. Dayton goal keeper Michael Yantz ended up being the star on the evening for the home side, as he registered seven saves, but weathered the Bucks attack for the entire game. Bucks defensive midfielders Tom Owens and Brad Dunwell did most of the organizing work, while wingers Jordan Snell and Francis Atuahene bombed up and down the outside flanks looking for an opening. The home side went into the halftime break scoreless, while not registering an offensive shot on goal.
The Bucks came out in the second half and continued the one way traffic as they constantly knocked balls over the top to create chances. The stingy Lions defense was up to the task and when the Bucks beat the back line, they could not beat Yantz in the net. Atuahene looked like he was going to finally get the Bucks on the board in the 62nd minute when he flew into the penalty area from a tight angle but his shot went over the bar for a Lions goal kick.
The Bucks seemed to have everything in order and were solid defensively for the entire game, except for two mental errors. In the 69th minute, Bucks goal keeper Drew Shepherd left his goal to attempt to keep a ball from going over the end line near the edge of the 18 yard box. He succeeded in keeping the ball in play but when he pushed the ball off the end line, Lions striker Gustavo Nasimento said “thank you very much” and calmly put the ball into an empty goal for a 1-0 lead.
Nine minutes later the Bucks would get lazy for a moment on the back line and gave reserve forward Hussin Al-Yassiri a free break on Shepherd, who came way out to meet the forward but could not stop his shot and Dayton had a 2-0 lead with ten minutes to play. The two goals are the only goals yielded by Shepherd and the Bucks defense all season.
The Bucks continued to pound to try and get back into the game and they finally broke through when Captain Tom Owens sent a long ball over the top to the left flank where Bucks new comber Jacob Bevan collected the pass and made a bee line for the goal and beat Yantz with a low left footed shot on the near post to cut the lead to 2-1. The Bucks would have several other chances as time expired but could not get the equalizer and saw their PDL record fall to 1-1 on the season, while Dayton jumped into first place in the Great Lakes Division with a 2-0 record.
Bucks Director of Coaching Gary Parsons was reserved after the game but did compliment the home side. “We told the guys before the game that in the PDL, all 14 games matter and nobody cares what you did last week or last year. Dayton came out and played us tough on their home field and we did a pretty good job for the most part. But soccer is a funny game. You can have possession 90% of the time, but if you don’t score and the other team does, you lose. We made two huge mistakes tonight and they made us pay for them. We will learn from this and since we have to play them two more times this season, we will have the ability to still win the season series. Until then we focus on our next home game this coming Saturday,” said the long time Bucks coach.
The Bucks host the West Virginia Chaos on Saturday at the Canton Cup Memorial Day Soccer Tournament when they kick off their matinee game (Noon) at Independence Park for the tenth consecutive season. Admission to the Bucks game at the 35th annual tournament is free compliments of the Canton Cup organizing committee and the Canton Soccer Club. The annual event is the highlight on one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in North America, where over 600 teams compete from all over the mid west and Canada.
BUCKS HOST US OPEN CUP AND TOM FORD CELEBRATION ON TUESDAY, MAY 30th IN PONTIAC
The Michigan Bucks will host professional side St. Louis FC (USL- D2) on Tuesday, May 30 at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac (8 PM kick off) in the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup soccer tournament. The team will also use the event to Celebrate the Career of Tom Ford and to kick off the “Help T Ford Kick ALS!!!”
Campaign. On May 10, Ford learned that he suffers from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and was recently forced to step down from his role of the past 30 years as the Associate Athletic Trainer at Oakland University. The majority of the proceeds for all tickets purchased to this event will be donated to Tom Ford and his family, who will be honored at halftime with a special presentation from his Oakland University family and friends. Tickets for the match will be $10 at the door (all ages, 5 and under free) but can be purchased at the special price of only $8 online at www.buckssoccer.com.
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