Bucks Unbeaten Steak Goes to Eight With Scoreless Draw
Host Dayton on Wed at Ultimate Soccer Arenas for Scout Night
Jeffersonville, IN (June 23, 2017)- The Michigan Bucks traveled to the Louisville region on Thursday and extended their current unbeaten streak to eight games with a scoreless draw against the Derby City Rovers. The Bucks league record improved to 5-1-2 (17 points), where the team still lurks in second place behind K-W United with a record of 7-2-1 (22 points) with two games in hand. The Bucks host the Dayton Dutch Lions this Wednesday night at Ultimate Soccer Arenas (7:30 PM kick off) prior to a home and home series with K-W on July 2 and July 5 to determine first place in the PDL’s Great Lakes division.
The Bucks and Rovers battled for ninety minutes in a steady rain and the visitors tried to jump on the hosts early with a couple of scoring chances that were denied by Rovers’ goal keeper Chandler Gaunce. Austin Ricci (Toronto, ON/ Oakland University) had the two best looks at goal and looked to have the eventual game winner on a couple of different opportunities. His first half shot from close range was denied by Gaunce and his eventual tap in was called off due to a dangerous play on the part of Bucks defender Danilo Markovic (Queens, NY/ Sienna College), whose attempted bicycle kick came in contact with a Derby City defender prior to the goal.
The balance of the game was possession by the Bucks looking for the opportunity to score the go ahead goal, but the Rovers tight defense let them control the ball without much dangerous penetration during the second half. The Bucks did end up out shooting the Rovers 16-11 and had a distinct advantage on corner kicks (10-4) but could not finish. The scoreless draw was the first time in 13 matches this season the Bucks have been shutout. It also marked the first shutout from Bucks keeper Anthony Mwembia (France/ Bowling Green) in his second consecutive start in goal.
The Bucks now look to finish the three game season series with the Dayton Dutch Lions on Wednesday when the team from Ohio comes to Pontiac for its only appearance of the season. Dayton handed the Bucks their only regular season loss in Dayton in May and the Bucks returned the favor at the DOC in Dayton earlier this month to even the season series at one game apiece. Dayton is clinging for its playoff life with a record of 4-4-1 (13 points) and desperately needs three points from the Bucks to try and catch them in second place and the final playoff spot.
Wednesday night’s home match for the Bucks will celebrate Scout Night at Ultimate Soccer Arenas and the first 200 scouts will receive a special Michigan Bucks Scout Night badge to commemorate the night to go along with the special recognition the team has in store. Tickets for the game are $10 Adults and $7 Youth (16 and under) at the door. Children 5 and under are free. Scouts get in for only $3 at the door and all accompanying family members get in for only $5 each.
To keep up with the defending PDL champion Michigan Bucks as the head into the final month of the season where they will look to defend their title, please visit the Bucks website at www.buckssoccer.com for more information. Follow us on Facebook at @MichiganBucksSoccer and on Twitter @MichiganBucks.
BUCKS 2 SUMMER CAMPS AT ULTIMATE STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS!
The Michigan Bucks are holding two Bucks Youth Soccer Camps at Ultimate Soccer Arenas from Monday-Thursday, July 10-13 and July 31- August 3. Camp is open to all youth players’ ages 6-15 and all players will be matched with the Bucks players and coaches according to their skill level. All players will receive season tickets to the Bucks final four home games in June and July. Campers can register online at www.buckssoccer.com and click on the “CAMPS” link at the top of the page. The first camper in the family pays only $179 and all other siblings go to camp for only $149 for the week. To inquire about daily camp registration for those that cannot attend all four days of either session, please contact Caroline Eagan at firstname.lastname@example.org.