Bucs notch first win/goals of the season!
|Southwestern notched its first win of the season against newcomer SHSU during a crowded Parent's weekend match-up. With an extra week of practice for the new guys, and the return of Matt Gainey, the Bucs had 13 players available for the game.
That was all they needed as SU jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back in a 22-5 win. By half-time, Southwestern was up 9-0. SHSU did not make its first goal of the game until the third quarter was winding down.
Marc Harrison had several goals, along with fellow attack Pete Banzhaf, who received the game ball for his efforts. For the first time in several games, our middies made significant contributions. Matt Gainey added 7 goals and a couple of assists, David Caldwell added a couple of scores, and newcomer Matt added his first goal of a promising career.
The second half was one to watch as everyone on the field and sidelines were rooting for Junior middie, Eric Stein. Stein has played well for a couple of years, receiving his teammates vote for most improved player last year, but he had never scored a goal. Stein literally took more shots in this one game than in his entire career.
As many point blank shots were made by the goalie, posts were hit, and other things that simply did not allow his shots to hit the net, everyone began to wonder if he would still be searching for the first goal of his career at the end of the game. With a little over half of the fourth quarter remaining, Stein took a face off, one of many he won during the day and came down the right side of the field past several players and scored his first goal unassisted.
With the "monkey off his back", we all hope the scoring opens up for a much needed potent middie line.
Overall it was just the game the struggling Bucs needed to get back on track and to realize how fun the game can be. Everyone played well in a total team effort. With a steady lineup, the Bucs hope to continue their winning ways against the Trinity Tigers next weekend at home. SU won against Trinity for its first ever USLIA win last year in San Antonio. It should be a close game.