The Bucs came away with a thrilling 1-0 OT win against the Liberty Flames Tuesday. With the Bucs coming off a close loss to High Point Aug. 31, they were looking for their first victory of the season.
In the first half, both teams were competing at the same level. However, the Bucs had more possession time. Liberty was able to keep up the pace with the Bucs. The Bucs would come away in the first half with five shots, one save, two corner kicks and five fouls. Both teams were unable to score in the first half of play.
The second half of the game saw the Bucs come out with a ton of momentum. Early on they were able to control possession.
The offense was very persistent. Liberty held on though with a good defensive effort with three saves. The Bucs were able to come away with 16 shots in the second half of play. However, the second period ended with no score.
The game would then go into overtime with the first team to score winning the game. The Bucs would battle until the last minute of the game. The winning goal was by sophomore Danny Barlow (Newcastle, New England) with an assist by junior Bruno Andrade (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and senior Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tennessee), giving the Bucs their first win of the season.
“Our goal for this year is to build into the year,” said head coach David Casper.
Even though it has been a rough start for the Bucs, Casper encourages his team to be positive.
“I want to build a culture here by being motivated and positive,” said Casper.
Junior John Lucchesi (Johnson City, Tennessee) has high hopes for the team this year.
“Personally, I want to help my team accomplish goals,” said Lucchesi.
The Bucs’ record improves to 1-3 with plenty of season left to play. The Bucs will play Appalachian State at home Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.