On June 26, NYRB II defender Rece Buckmaster crossed in a perfect ball to the foot of Mathias Jørgensen, who slotted it in the back of the net, this was supposed to be his first professional assist.
Unfortunately, the assist would not count due to the match against Nashville SC being abandoned due to severe weather. The search for Buckmaster’s first assist would continue.
On July 13, Buckmaster would find his first assist, when he took down a long ball from Marcus Epps and played it in the box for Jared Stroud to get his second goal of the day in a 8-1 victory.
“Getting my first professional assist, will be something that I never forget,” Buckmaster said.
Buckmaster credits that with being able to get more comfortable with the system and getting forward more often.
“I have tried to get more comfortable in the system, getting forward, but also the defending aspect. Practice has helped me a lot with getting comfortable going forward and whipping crosses in,” Buckmaster said.
The achievement of getting his first assist was great for Buckmaster, but he is more focused on helping the team get results, before personal achievements.
“We want to get three points against Memphis, and then of course, Tampa Bay beat us on the road, so we want to get three points against them,” Buckmaster said.