2017-04-20 / Sports

Bucks score first win with 5-0 home victory


WINDING UP FOR THE SHUTOUT Roscommon senior center midfielder Sydney Blanchard (2) winds up for a shot against visiting Big Rapids Crossroads Academy April 18. Blanchard scored two goals in the Bucks’ 5-0 shutout win. (Photo by Thomas Reznich) WINDING UP FOR THE SHUTOUT Roscommon senior center midfielder Sydney Blanchard (2) winds up for a shot against visiting Big Rapids Crossroads Academy April 18. Blanchard scored two goals in the Bucks’ 5-0 shutout win. (Photo by Thomas Reznich) Roscommon began its soccer sea­son with a loss on the road and a win at home.

On April 11 at Clare, the Bucks fell to the Pioneers 2-1.

Coach John Sinnaeve said a “much- improved” Pioneer team was able to stop their attack in the first half with a 0-0 score at the break.

“For the first 20 minutes both teams were adjusting to each other and then about halfway through the half the Bucks were able to move the ball down to Clare’s side of the pitch, taking a num­ber of shot that were stopped by Clare’s keeper,” he said.

The Bucks were able to put pressure on Clare in the second half and seven minutes in, a Pioneer was called for a hand ball in the box and senior Sydney Blanchard converted the penalty kick for a 1-0 Roscommon lead.

A couple minutes later, Clare scored on a breakaway by Carea Mullins. The score remain tied until 12 minutes left in the game when Clare’s Gwen Sherwood dribbled by a couple of Bucks and placed a nice shot past the keeper into the goal.

“For our first game I thought we played a solid game. We were able to outshoot Clare 14-5 but just couldn’t get it past their keeper, which I have to say, is one of the best keepers I have seen in a while,” Sinnaeve said.

Roscommon picked up its first win of the season at home April 18 with a 5-0 drubbing of Big Rapids Crossroads.

It didn’t take long for the Bucks to get on the board when Marisa Janisse delivered a pass to Blanchard who beat the defense to score three minutes into the game.

About two mintues later, Janisse found Kaeley Hahn who took a dribble past the keeper and scored to put the Bucks up 2-0.

Leading 2-0 at the half, the Bucks kept up the pressure, scoring 10 minutes into the half on a shot by Delanie Shanks. With seven minutes left in the game, Blanchard scored her second goal for a 4-0 Roscommon lead. The final Buck goal of the game came on a shot by Pey­ton Church which the keeper couldn’t handle and deflected into the net.

“Every day I’m seeing improvement with this team on all aspects of the game ,both the defense and offense are getting use to each other. Our offense and de­fense had a strong showing tonight with 26 shots on goal and only allowing four on our end,” Sinnaeve said.

The Bucks will host the 5th annual Autism Awareness game against the Os­coda Owls tonight (Thursday) at 5 p.m. They will also host Gladwin Friday at 5 p.m.

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