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Noel Buck Scores First Goal Since England U-19 Call-Up
Clint Peay: “Noel’s been a guy, that give him a chance to shoot, he usually hits the target."
Noel Buck scored his first goal since England U-19 duty as the New England Revolution defeated Charlotte FC 2-1.
Buck started his second consecutive game on Saturday, operating as a central midfielder. As always, the Massachusetts native displayed sharp movements, crisp passes, and dangerous dribbles.
In the 64th minute, he made a picturesque turn before rifling a shot past goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina to give the Revs a 1-0 lead.
“I think I made a run in behind that sort of looped around and found a nice little pocket,” Buck said. “It was a great pass from Mark [Anthony Kaye], really a disguised pass, and obviously I got the finish.”
It was a positive moment for the Revs Homegrown, who recently played for the England U-19s.
In his international debut, Buck played 24 minutes and nearly scored a header. Three days later, he played 70 minutes and had a goal.
Interim head coach Clint Peay is happy that Buck achieved such a landmark moment, though he’s not sure if it increased his confidence while playing for the Revs.
“Noel has always been confident as long as I’ve known him. That’s never been lacking with him,” Peay said. “But yeah, certainly, I’m sure that was a big step in his career, having that opportunity.
“Noel’s been a guy, that give him a chance to shoot, he usually hits the target. It was just a great sequence of quick little, small passes to free him up and he took it well.”
The 18-year-old is full of potential, so more highlight moments are sure to come at both the club and international level.
Buck, who attended a U.S. U-19 camp before playing for the England U-19 team, is just looking to experience all that he can while continuing to get better.
“It’s been a great experience,” Buck said about his time with the Young Lions. “It’s always going to be difficult, a new experience and that, but I think, especially at my young age, I really got to try to experience everything and learn as much as I can.”