Saturday, October 23, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2010) - Sophomore keeper Ronnie Hreha (Asheville, N.C.) stepped up and made a couple great saves in the second half as the ETSU men's soccer team defeated Belmont 1-0 Friday night at the Whitten Soccer Complex in Nashville, Tenn.
"The players brought tremendous focus and effort tonight," said head coach Scott Calabrese. "I was very proud of our commitment from minute one to go and try to win the match. This was a crucial win for our program as it puts us in a great position in the A-Sun Standings."
With the win, the Bucs (10-4-0, 5-2-0 A-Sun) are on a three-game win streak and have reached double-digit wins in only the third year of the program.
Hreha picked up his third straight save as he improved to 7-2-0 on the year making four saves in the match, all coming in the second half.
"Ronnie was called upon to make some crucial saves tonight, and he was up to the challenge," Calabrese added. "This was a tremendous performance from him as he should be able to derive great confidence from this game."
Offensively, ETSU outshot the Bruins 28-8 in the contest putting 11 shots on net to only four for Belmont, while the Bruins had a slight edge in corners, 5-4.
Junior Colin Pugh (Dublin, Ireland) put the Buccaneers up 1-0 in the 15th minute as he settled a pass from Blaike Woodruff (Georgetown, Texas) and buried a shot from 12-yards out into the back of the net.
ETSU remained in front 1-0 at the break as the Bucs outshot the Bruins 15-3 in the first half.
Hreha came up with a couple big saves in the 62nd minute as he made a diving stop on a penalty kick by Belmont's Brandon Tarr. On the rebound from the penalty kick, Diego Figueroa ripped a shot from 8-yards out, but Hreha was again up to the challenge keeping the Bruins off of the board with a tough save.
In the 71st minute, Hreha came up with yet another huge save as he deflected a shot from an open Dan Meacock wide of the frame.
Freshman David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) looked to have increased the ETSU advantage to 2-0 in the 74th minute as he fired an open shot from just inside the Belmont penalty area, but keeper Lou Manning touched the ball wide as it clanked off of the post to keep the score 1-0.
The ETSU back line played tough down the stretch as the Buccaneers were able to preserve the shutout keeping the Bruins shotless in the final nine minutes.
The Bucs close out the weekend at Lipscomb on Sunday at 3 p.m. EST. For more information on ETSU men's soccer and all other Buccaneer athletic news please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.