Bucs make final road trip of regular season before coming home for second ACC opponent
MACON, Ga. (October 21, 2011) – The ETSU men’s soccer team takes to the road for the last time in the 2011 regular season, as the Buccaneers travel to Macon, Ga. on Saturday to face Mercer before heading back to Johnson City for a Monday night matchup against ACC foe Clemson.
Both contests will take place at 7 p.m., with Saturday night’s match against Mercer being held at Bear Field and Monday night’s game versus Clemson to reside at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
ETSU (8-4-2. 2-3-1 A-Sun) is coming off its biggest win of the season, as the Bucs were victorious against previously undefeated Florida Gulf Coast, 2-1, last Sunday. The Eagles were off to a 3-0 start in conference play, but squandered a 1-0 halftime lead by giving up two goals in a span of less than five minutes in the second half.
Redshirt freshman Nick Dykes (Nashville, Tenn.) put in the first Buccaneer goal of the match, heading in an Itode Fubara (Ogbema, Nigeria) corner kick past FGCU’s Adam Glick. The goal was Dykes’ first of his young collegiate career, as the in-state product went on to receive A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Sophomore David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) struck a few minutes after Dykes’ equalizer to put ETSU up for good. Fellow classmate Blaike Woodruff (Georgetown, Texas) found Geno with a cross into the box, and the Bucs’ leading goal-scorer connected in midair with a shot past Glick for the eventual game-winner.
Heading into this weekend, Geno and senior Aaron Schoenfeld (Knoxville, Tenn.) have each scored six goals, with Schoenfeld edging the sophomore 3-2 in assists to lead the team with 15 points.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Coulter (Dublin, Ireland) recorded his conference-leading seventh shutout of the season last week, needing just one more to tie for third all-time in the A-Sun in single-season shutouts. Coulter’s carries a 1.08 GAA while making 54 saves through a .771 save percentage.
The Bucs currently sit in a tie for sixth place with Stetson in the A-Sun standings at seven points, but are just two points back of second place FGCU.
Mercer (6-6-2, 1-3-1 A-Sun) is one of the two teams behind ETSU in the conference standings, as the Bears have acquired just four points thus far. The Bears began conference play with a, 2-0, win over North Florida, but dropped their next three A-Sun matches before playing USC Upstate to a, 0-0, draw on Wednesday.
The Bears are led offensively by Will Betts, who has registered 12 points off five goals and two assists. Betts’ five goals lead teammates Josh Shutter and Ehjayson Henry by two for the team lead. Mercer has not scored in conference play since October 7, when they lost in overtime, 2-1, to FGCU.
Clemson (4-8-0. 2-4-0 ACC) has had a rough go through the 2011 season and head into the weekend having lost four of its last five contests. Their most recent loss came on Tuesday against No. 23 Furman, falling, 3-2, to a team which ETSU tied, 0-0, in late September.
Bryniar Benediktsson heads the Tigers’ goal scoring, having netted five goals off 18 shots. Benediktsson has also added three assists to lead Clemson with 13 points, four points ahead of teammate Austin Savage.
Struggling at the net, Clemson’s goalkeeper Cody Mizell has given up 19 goals for a GAA of 1.66. Mizell boasts a .732 save percentage with 52 saves and just two shutouts.
The Bucs have played Mercer to a 1-1-1 all-time record while having defeated Clemson in their only meeting, 1-0, in double overtime on September 6 of last year. Former Buccaneer Guilherme Reis scored the game-winner for ETSU off a penalty kick in the 116th minute.
Live stats will be provided for Saturday night’s matchup courtesy of MercerBears.com, and for Monday night’s contest with Clemson courtesy of ETSUBucs.com. Live video will be provided for both matches courtesy of ASun.TV.
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