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[2/7/09] The Bucs, after being told on the field the night before that there were no refs for the game against Harding, came back to Hendrix to play the Warriors, a second year DIII Varsity team. The Bucs travelled to Conway last year in the Warriors seminal season, and played them to a very close 9-8 loss. The Bucs knew they could play with Hendrix and did just that. In fact, the game was eerily similar in many ways to the one played last year.

The game started with both teams feeling each other out until Hendrix took a two goal lead toward the end of the first. The Bucs were able to answer back and eventually tie the game at 3 in the second quarter off strong play by Attackman Irish before the Warriors put one final goal in to take a 4-3 lead into the half.

The Bucs started the 3rd with a perfect top corner shot by Webb to tie the game at 4. Shortly after, however, the Warriors answered back to take a 5-4 lead with around 7 minutes left in the third. Neither team would score again until under five minutes were left in the game. Both teams had plenty of opportunities to either get separation or tie and take the lead. McDonough was amazing in goal, stopping numerous shots on goal, and the Hendrix goalie also made a few point blank saves that would have given the momentum to the Bucs.

With time running out, the Warriors were able to find the back of the net with about 4 miutes remaining to take a 6-4 lead. The Bucs pressured and Hendrix placed one more goal in with a little over a minute left in the game to seal the victory.

Overall, the game was very close, with both teams making mistakes that cost goals. The Bucs did an amzaing job in transition, not allowing any fast break goals, and also in getting the ball down the field off saves. Both teams were definetely better than the respective teams that played last year and the level of play showed. However, a game such as this showed the Bucs they still have many things to work on.

Many thanks to the Parker family who provided the team with a hearty meal a little earlier than expected on Friday night after the game against Harding was cancelled. The Bucs are showing their potential early on in this final season. Two more tough games are on the schedule this next week.

The Bucs take the short trip to Austin on Thursday night to play the Texas Longhorns, and then return home to face Missouri State on Sunday in an OOC game. Both teams are nationally ranked and the outcome will determine quite a bit for both teams nationally as the season unfolds.

- Bill Bowman