Tuesday, September 21, 2010
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 20, 2010) - Junior Aaron Schoenfeld (Knoxville, Tenn.) lifted the ETSU men's soccer team past regionally ranked Marshall 2-1 with an overtime goal Monday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
"This win was a good result for us against a very determined Marshall team," said head coach Scott Calabrese. "Marshall came into this game undefeated at 5-0-2, and was extremely strong. It's difficult to believe that they played a conference game on Saturday because they looked very fresh. My hat goes off to Marshall for an incredible effort."
The Bucs (4-2-0) outshot The Herd (5-1-2) 18-6 in the contest and had a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal, while Marshall led in corners 8-6."
"I thought that we didn't always play our best soccer tonight, but we found a way to win against a very good opponent," Calabrese added. "That has to give us some confidence, and we will look to continue to improve. The conference season begins in two weeks and that is our main focus."
ETSU did not waste any time in taking the lead as Schoenfeld played a ball back to junior Colin Pugh (Dublin, Ireland) who then buried a shot in the back of the net to give the Buccaneers a 1-0 advantage in the 2nd minute.
Marshall evened the game in the 19th minute on a Jordan Hilgefort shot as he sent a ball from 25-yards out just over the outstretched arms of keeper James Holt (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) into the goal to make the score 1-all.
MU keeper Daniel Withrow made an incredible save in the 25th minute as he deflected an Itode Fubara (Ogbema, Nigeria) point blank shot up over the crossbar to keep the game level.
In the second half, Holt made an incredible save of his own as he just touched a long range shot from Withrow away from the frame in the 61st minute.
Both teams had chances towards the end of regulation, but neither team could put one on net as the game would go into overtime.
Schoenfeld gave the Buccaneers the win in the 97th minute after Alesi Osorio (Austin, Texas) and Fubara combined to find Schoenfeld open in the box for a header goal to make the final 2-1 ETSU.
"I think sometimes when you take a chance and you put the ball in the box good things happen," Calabrese said. "The goal was a bit fortuitous for us, but I am glad we got it. Aaron and Colin combined well in the first goal. We have to continue to look to create chances through Aaron. Both of them put in a very good performance tonight."
The Bucs are back in action on Saturday at 7 p.m. as they continue the five-game home stand against UNC Asheville. For more information on ETSU men's soccer and all other Buccaneer athletic news please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.