ETSU trying to avoid first four-game losing streak since 2008
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 26, 2012) – The ETSU men’s soccer team hopes to avoid its first four-game losing streak in four years on Thursday, as it heads to Stone Soccer Stadium in Greenville, S.C. for a matchup with No. 25 Furman on Thursday at 7 p.m.
ETSU (4-4-0) has had a tough go in terms of getting positive results on its season-long road swing, carrying a 0-3 record heading into Greenville. The Bucs had won four in a row before hitting the road, but have since lost at Davidson, Kentucky and Winthrop. Those results dropped ETSU from the NSCAA/Continental Tire South Region rankings for the first time this season since entering at No. 6 the week of Sept. 4.
Some momentum the Bucs do have heading into Thursday is their four-game unbeaten streak against NSCAA top 25 opponents. ETSU is 3-0-1 in those four games, including a win earlier this month at Summers-Taylor Stadium, 1-0 (2OT), over then-No. 17 UAB. The Bucs’ three games prior to that against nationally ranked teams came in 2011, when they defeated then-No. 24 UNC Greensboro on the road, defeated then-No. 14 William & Mary at the Stihl Soccer Classic, and played then-No. 25 Furman to a scoreless draw at home.
Junior David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) has been a bright spot on the ETSU attack, having scored six goals and tallied two assists through the first eight games to lead the team in both goals and points (14). His assist on Saturday at Winthrop bumped his career total to 10, tying Aaron Schoenfeld for the program record.
ETSU’s Last Outing
ETSU took a second-half lead on Winthrop last Saturday at Eagle Field, but were bitten by Marc Segarra who rallied the Eagles with a late goal and the game-winner in overtime. Segarra scored his first in the 66th minute to open up the scoring for either side, but ETSU erased that lead with back-to-back goals from Itode Fubara (Ogbema, Nigeria) and Geno in a span of less than 90 seconds.
With less than five minutes to play, Segarra leveled the score off a throw in from Josh Mort to send the game into overtime. As the clock wound down in the first extra session, Mort hurried to make another long throw in that deflected through the box before to find Segarra for the game-winner with three seconds remaining.
Scouting the Paladins
Furman (7-1-1) enters Thursday on three-game winning and six-game unbeaten streaks, climbing back into the national rankings after going 2-0 last week with shutouts over A-Sun members USC Upstate and North Florida. The Paladins struggled to find the back of the net in Spartanburg, but finally did in the 89th minute on their 20th shot of the game. It was a different story when Furman welcomed in the Ospreys, as Martin Ontiveros scored his sixth goal of the year in the 14th minute to lead the Paladins to a 5-0 rout of UNF.
Ontiveros’ six goals, five assists and 17 points lead Furman in each category through its first nine games. As a team, the Paladins have outscored their opponents 24-8 this year, holding the opposition to a GAA of just 0.87.
Furman and ETSU have squared off twice in series history, with Furman holding a 1-0-1 advantage. Their first meeting came in Greenville on Sept. 1, 2010, with Furman coming away victorious, 1-0. Last year, the two teams met in a top 25 showdown at Summers-Taylor Stadium, as ETSU was ranked No. 22 by Soccer America and Furman was ranked No. 25 by the NSCAA. The game ended in a scoreless draw.
Live stats for Thursday night’s contest will be available through Stat Broadcast on ETSUBucs.com. Live video with no audio commentary will be available through Stretch Internet on FurmanPaladins.com for a one-time purchase of $7.95.
- ETSU is 3-3-1 all-time against the NSCAA top 25, and currently rides a four-game unbeaten streak against such opponents. Last year, No. 22 (Soccer America) ETSU and No. 25 (NSCAA) Furman met at Summers-Taylor Stadium and played to scoreless draw.
- The Bucs first game in program history against a top 25 opponent came exactly four years ago from Thursday (Sept. 27, 2008), falling to then-No.15 North Carolina, 8-0.
- ETSU is 0-1-1 all-time against Furman, falling at Stone Soccer Stadium, 1-0, in 2010 and playing to a scoreless draw last year at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
- The Bucs are 1-2-0 against the Southern Conference this year, defeating UNCG at home, 3-1, and falling at Appalachian State and Davidson.
- Geno tied Aaron Schoenfeld’s ETSU record for most career assists (10) last Saturday at Winthrop, feeding Fubara on the first score of the game. He is currently two goals and four points shy of Schoenfeld’s career goals (20) and points (50) records.
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