Men’s Soccer looks to continue record start to 2011
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 19, 2011) – The ETSU men’s soccer team will play its second home game in four days, as they welcome Virginia Tech to Summers-Taylor Stadium on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Bucs (5-1-0) currently own the best record in the Atlantic Sun, having won two games in a row after defeating Davidson in their largest combined scoring game of the year, 3-2, on Saturday night. The five wins through their first six games is the best start the Buccaneers have gotten off to in program history.
ETSU is ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire South Region poll, receiving votes in the NSCAA’s national poll and is ranked No. 25 nationally by Goal.com.
David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) was the hero for ETSU over the weekend against the Wildcats, scoring the game-winner in the 87th minute of a 2-2 game to notch the Bucs’ 14th-consecutive home victory over an unranked opponent. The goal was Geno’s third of the year to tie him for the team lead with senior Aaron Schoenfeld (Knoxville, Tenn.), who also scored in the game. Schoenfeld and Geno also lead the team in points, combining for nine and seven respectively.
Another offensive threat for the Buccaneers has been junior Alesi Osorio (Austin, Texas). Osorio has scored two goals, one game-winner, tallied two assists through the first six contests and is tied with Geno and Schoenfeld for the team lead in shots on goal with seven. Newcomer Frank Doumbe (Silver Spring, Md.) has scored one goal, but leads the team in assists having registered three in his first season with ETSU.
Recording four shutouts so far to lead the conference, redshirt sophomore Ryan Coulter (Dublin, Ireland) will look to hold down the Hokies. Along with shutouts, Coulter leads the A-Sun in four statistical categories including goals against average (0.97), save percentage (.818) and shutouts per game (0.67).
Virginia Tech (3-3-0, 1-1-0 ACC) opened the season with a disappointing, 2-1, loss to Howard, but seem to be putting everything together at the right moment. The Hokies have won three of their last four games, including a thrilling home-win over then-No. 1 North Carolina in double overtime.
On Friday, Virginia Tech played its second game against a nationally ranked squad, but fell to then-No. 11 Boston College in a very high scoring, 4-3, overtime contest. The Eagles scored in the third minute of the first overtime to put away the Hokies.
David Clemens leads Virginia tech in scoring, having netted two goals off a team-leading 14 shots. The team’s six other goals on the year have been netted by six different Hokies.
In their previous, and only, meeting back on Sept. 13, 2009, the Bucs and Hokies played to a, 1-1, draw at Thompson Field.
Live stats will be offered throughout Tuesday night’s game, and live video will be provided courtesy of ASun.TV.
Fans in attendance will be treated to a limited supply of free food courtesy of Wendy’s. The pregame festivities will also include a chili cook-off amongst ETSU’s Greek organizations, with the winner earning a year’s supply of Wendy’s and his/her organization receiving one free meal.
Buc fans should also help ETSU celebrate the International Day of Peace. Before Tuesday night’s contest, the ETSU Honors College will be providing pregame activities for fans helping to support the cause.
For more information on ETSU men’s soccer, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s soccer links.