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2019 USL2 National Champion Flint City Bucks Player Update #2

By Flint City Bucks, 09/26/19, 8:15PM EDT


Tracking the Boys in the NCAA this Fall


Popovic, Osman connect as Michigan defeats Oakland University

Two Bucks found the score sheet for the University of Michigan last Tuesday night in Ann Arbor. In the 12th minute, Umar Farouk Osman (junior, fwd.) played a ball down the left side to Nebojsa Popovic (redshirt senior, fwd.). Oakland’s keeper spilled the cross from Popovic, leading to the opening goal. Osman and Popovic earned assists.

Popovic would double the lead just three minutes later. Running through the center backs, he beat a charging goalkeeper and lobbed the ball in for his fourth goal of the season. Osman threatened again in the 25th minute, dribbling through the Golden Grizzlies defense before his shot was cleared off the goal line.

On the following Saturday night, Popovic scored again — tallying Michigan’s only goal in a 1-1 draw against Rutgers.

Marc Ybarra (junior, mid.) and Kevin Buca (sophomore, mid.) started both games last week for the Wolverines (3-2-2).

DeBolt Scores for Butler University

Griffin DeBolt (sophomore, def.), starter of all six matches for Butler (3-3), scored his first collegiate goal last Tuesday night — the Bulldogs’ only tally in a double-overtime loss to SIUE.

Rhys Myers (junior, def.) continued as a consistent starter at center back. Hemi Nasser (freshman, fwd.) also featured twice last week. Jared Timmer (senior, mid.), in his third season as team captain, has yet to return from his preseason injury.

Butler fell 3-0 at No. 3 Georgetown on Friday evening.

Bucks Lead Marshall Comeback

Marshall University (5-1-1) fell behind to Akron early in the second half Saturday night. 

In the 78th minute, the Bucks took over. Milo Yosef (redshirt freshman, fwd.) earned a penalty kick, which Jan-Erik Leinhos (sophomore, def.) deposited for his second goal of the year. Only three minutes later, Yosef broke through for the game-winner.

Yosef and Flint City teammate Pedro Dolabella (junior, mid.) are now tied for the team lead with three goals each.

Trio on Score sheet for Wright State University

Stefan Rokvic (senior, mid.) continued his hot start to the season, scoring his fifth goal for Wright State (4-2) on Saturday night in Milwaukee. Brayden McNitt (junior, mid.) assisted.

Alec Philippe (senior, fwd.) added a goal of his own late to pad the 4-1 victory.

All three Bucks have started all six matches to date.

Birthday Shutout for Wake’s Andrew Pannenberg

No. 1 Wake Forest split their games last week, with Andrew Pannenberg (redshirt sophomore, keep.) and Isaiah Parente (sophomore, mid.) starting both matches.

Pannenberg marked his 21st birthday by earning his fourth shutout Saturday over Syracuse. In a tight loss to James Madison midweek, he made a career-high six saves, including one on a penalty kick to keep the match close in the 62nd minute.

Parente remains on one goal and two assists.

Borczak Stars Again in Oakland University Victory

Oakland University bounced back from last Tuesday’s defeat against Michigan with a 3-0 win at Green Bay. The Golden Grizzlies scored all three goals in a seven-minute flurry, with Bucks players contributing each time.

Elliot Bentley (senior, def.) assisted the first as part of a precision passing buildup. Next up, Dylan Borczak (junior, mid.) fired a hard shot. It was turned aside by the keeper but then easily slotted home. Borczak kept firing, taking a pass from Bentley and hitting a missile into the goal from 18 yards out.

Borczak and Bentley are first and second on the team with five and three assists, respectively. Spencer Nolff (senior, mid.) has an assist of his own while modeling consistency. He’s started each game and averaged 90 minutes.

Jackson and Biros at Akron University

Will Jackson (freshman, fwd.) and Colin Biros (sophomore, mid./fwd.) each started both games for Akron University last week, collecting their 474th and 294th minutes respectively. The Zips are 0-6 to start the year.

Steinwascher Brothers at Indianapolis

Alejandro Steinwascher (sophomore, mid./fwd.) helped the University of Indianapolis to victory Friday night, assisting the winner in a 2-1 conference result. He’s up to a goal and three assists.

Javier Steinwascher (senior, fwd.) remains on two goals and an assist, including a game-winner against Saginaw Valley State.

The Greyhounds fell two nights later with only Alejandro getting the start.

More Bucks in NCAA D-I

Justin Ingram (junior, mid.) at Loyola University Maryland: Ingram scored his first of the season, calmly slotting home a penalty to start a 4-0 drubbing of Army West Point on Saturday. He would add an assist, his second this year in 299 minutes.

Charlie Booth (redshirt senior, def.) at the University of Rhode Island: Booth played 211 minutes last week as the Rams went to overtime twice. Tuesday evening, his header off the crossbar came inches from winning the match for his team.

Gustavo Vasconcelos (redshirt junior, keep.) at Florida Gulf Coast University: Gustavo made four more saves Wednesday night, bringing his season total to a conference-high 30. But his Eagles (3-3-1) suffered a 4-1 defeat.

Tanguy Guerineau (redshirt senior, fwd.) at Oral Roberts University: Guerineau is up to six assists, including two Saturday as the Golden Eagles won 4-3 over SIUE. The team has run out to a 7-1 start.

Louis Sala (sophomore, mid.) at Northern Illinois University: Sala was an unused substitute in Saturday’s match. He's on 380 minutes through seven matches, notching one assist.

Leroy Enzugusi (junior, fwd.) at Drake University: In a 2-0 victory over Bradley on Saturday night, Enzugusi tallied his team-best third goal. He beat one defender with a fake inside, darted back outside, and evaded another defender with a sharp cut into the area. He curled his shot into the side netting. Head coach Gareth Smith noted Leroy’s “special individual quality.”

Others Around the Nation

Foster Appiah (senior, def.) at Florida Southern College (D-II): Appiah went 110 minutes in the back, helping his side to an impressive 1-1 draw against No. 6 Palm Beach Atlantic.

David Achaerandio (redshirt senior, fwd.) at Point Loma Nazarene University (D-II): Achaerandio made two more appearances for the Sea Lions (4-1). He’s on 369 minutes through five games, scoring twice.

Yuri Farkas Guglielmi (senior, fwd.) at Madonna University (NAIA): Farkas has four goals and an assist in four starts for the Crusaders (3-1-2).

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