Men's soccer looks to extend top-25 unbeaten streak to four games
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 1, 2012) – With a schedule that currently features three teams inside the NSCAA/Continental Tires top-25, the ETSU men’s soccer team battles its first ranked opponent of the year as No. 17 UAB heads to Summers-Taylor Stadium for a Sunday afternoon contest at 1 p.m.
ETSU (2-1-0) is no stranger to challenging nationally ranked teams, having faced three in 2011 and at least one every year since 2008. In six matches against NSCAA top-25 teams, ETSU is 2-3-1 all-time, including a 2-0-1 mark last year after defeating then-No. 24 UNC Greensboro and then-No. 14 William and Mary. The draw came against then-No. 25 Furman at Summers-Taylor Stadium, 0-0. The Bucs’ three losses all came to North Carolina from 2008-10, with two of those games ending in overtime.
On Friday, ETSU had to grind out a, 1-0, win against Presbyterian in Clinton, S.C. Redshirt freshman Emmanuel Wilson (Memphis, Tenn.) scored his first collegiate goal in game-winning fashion by netting an 86th-minute strike to lead the Bucs to victory. The win evened up ETSU’s 2012 road record to 1-1-0, and was the Bucs’ second straight win having defeated UNC Greensboro on Tuesday, 3-1.
UAB (2-0-1) played at No. 8 Charlotte on Friday, settling for a, 1-1, draw. The 49ers outshot the Blazers, 26-9, but Kofi Gyawu put in a 39th-minute goal to give UAB a, 1-0, halftime lead. Charlotte responded in the 67th minute, as Donnie Smith leveled the match which proved to be the game’s final goal of the night.
The Blazers two wins so far this season have both come at home against Georgia Southern, 2-1, and Atlantic Sun Conference member Mercer, 2-1.
Sunday afternoon’s meeting will be the first all-time between ETSU and UAB.
Live stats will be provided by StatBroadcast.com, with live video available courtesy of ASun.TV. New for the 2012-13 season, all games streamed on ASun.TV will be available free of charge.
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- In six all-time meetings against NSCAA nationally ranked opponents, ETSU holds a 2-3-1 record. The Bucs are also unbeaten in their last three matches against nationally ranked teams at 2-0-1.
- Sunday’s game will be the third ETSU has hosted against NSCAA top-25 teams, losing to then-No. 4 UNC, 2-1, in overtime in 2010, and drawing then-No. 25 Furman, 0-0, last year.
- ETSU’s biggest win over a nationally ranked team came last year at the Stihl Soccer Classic in Norfolk, Va., taking down then-No. 14 William and Mary, 2-0.
- Juniors David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Itode Fubara (Ogbema, Nigeria) currently sit one assist behind former Buccaneer and current member of the Columbus Crew Aaron Schoenfeld (Knoxville, Tenn.) for most career assists.- ETSU vs. NSCAA nationally ranked opponents:Sept. 27, 2008 at No. 15 UNC L, 3-1Sept. 22, 2009 at No. 2 UNC L, 2-1 (OT)Oct. 30, 2010 No. 4 UNC L, 2-1 (OT)Aug. 31, 2011 at No. 24 UNCG W, 1-0 (2OT)Sept. 11, 2011 vs. No. 14 William & Mary W, 2-0Sept. 25, 2011 No. 25 Furman T, 0-0 (2OT)