Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Michigan Bucks claim second championship
August 3rd, 2014 4:36PM

TAGS:  usl


[PDL] The Michigan Bucks won their second PDL championship with a 1-0 victory over the Kitsap Pumas on a goal by Tom Owens just before the hour mark in the final at Ultimate Soccer Arenas on Sunday afternoon.
Owens picked up a short clearance by the Pumas defense and drove freely into the penalty area, firing a low shot into the right corner of the net that capped a good spell of pressure.
“Usually I’m someone who would try to take a touch, or pass it,” Owens said. “I took a touch, and no one closed me down, and I took another one and before I know it I’m 12 yards out, so I thought why not take a shot, and lucky enough for me it went in the bottom corner. Unbelievable feeling.”
Michigan goalkeeper Adam Grinwis, the championship game MVP, had to be sharp two minutes later as he saved a near-post deflection off his own defender. Kitsap almost found an equalizer with 15 minutes to go as a Miguel Gonzalez’s close-range header was tipped over the crossbar by Grinwis, who made another crucial save on Septi Danciu two minutes later.
“It got a little crazy toward the end," Grinwis said of Gonzalez’s chance. "They were throwing everything they had, and I think it took a slight deflection about six yards out. I think instinct just kicked in; I got a hand to it and got super-lucky to see it go over the bar.”

The Bucks' previous title came in 2006. They were also regular-season champions in 2008 and 2012.

AWARDS. The Bucks' Dzenan Catic was named the PDL Most Valuable Player to go along with his Golden Boot (16 regular-season goals and a pair of postseason goals). Other awards went to Young Player of the Year Ricardo Velazco (FC Tucson), Goalkeeper of the Year Billy Thompson (FC Tucson) and Coach of the Year Michael Jeffries (Des Moines Menace).

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Kei Kamara    
"There was part of me saying, there's no way they can get two goals in the ...
U.S. Abroad: Bedoya sees red for Canaries    
Alejandro Bedoya's first Ligue 1 start for Nantes in more than two months ended ignominiously as ...
Red Bulls-Crew SC Takeaways: Columbus holds on, barely    
A 2-0 lead from the first leg proved to be just enough for Columbus to capture ...
FC Dallas-Portland Takeaways: Timbers are peaking    
On the verge of elimination in the shootout of the knockout round against Sporting Kansas City, ...
Video Pick: Klopp gets Scouse lesson from boy reporter     
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp sits down for an interview with 9-year-old Kop Kids reporter Isaac, who ...
MLS Best XI: A new order    
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane, earning his fourth consecutive selection, was the only repeat selection on ...
What They're Saying: Livorno president Aldo Spinelli    
"I'm relaxed. At this time, the coach is not at risk." -- Livorno president Aldo Spinelli ...
U.S. Abroad: Fabian Johnson is on fire    
American midfielder Fabian Johnson is suddenly one of the hottest scorers in Germany. He scored two ...
Scoreboard: NCAA Division I Men's Tournament    
Unseeded Boston College knocked out Big East champion Georgetown, No. 1 in the final Soccer American ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Watching the MLS playoffs has been tremendously exciting. The games in the first round with the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives