FLINT – The Flint City Bucks defeated Detroit City FC 1-0 at Kettering University’s Atwood Stadium on Saturday. The friendly was the inaugural contest for the team formerly known as the Michigan Bucks and drew 4,736 fans. It was the third-largest crowd since the Bucks’ start in 1996.
Umar Farouk Osman, the Ghanaian who plays at the University of Michigan, scored the game-winning goal, a free kick from inside the far post, in the 35th minute. Osman’s U of M teammate Kevin Buca was fouled at the top of the 18-yard box, resulting in the free kick attempt. Flint City nearly sealed the game in the 75th minute, but Ayuk Tembe’s header was called back for offside.
The Bucks platooned the net with Andrew Pannenberg starting at goalie for the first half before Jacob Nunner closed out the game. Pannenberg recorded one save. Nunner made a game-saving double save in the 79th minute.
The Bucks take on the Michigan Stars in the quarterfinals of the Michigan Milk Cup this Saturday at Atwood Stadium at 7 p.m.