Bucs eye second NCAA Tournament appearance in four years
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2013) - Making its third Atlantic Sun Championship Final appearance in four years, the ETSU men's soccer team will take on North Florida Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:00 p.m. with the winner clinching a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The match will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.
ROAD TO THE FINAL
Both ETSU and UNF came away with wins in Friday's semifinal matches, with the Bucs defeating Lipscomb in the day's opening game and UNF overcoming No. 1 seed Florida Gulf Coast later in the evening.
Freshman William Nordenstrom (Linkoping, Sweden) netted the eventual game-winning goal for the Bucs in the 54th minute, scoring on a rebound following a David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) shot attempt. Geno and fellow-senior Jonny Campbell (Johnson City, Tenn.) picked up assists on the play.
The second-seeded Buccaneers (9-5-4, 5-2-1) used its conference-leading defense to shut down Lipscomb's offensive attack, limiting the Bisons to just seven shot attempts and sealing the 1-0 victory. View the box score here.
The decision marked ETSU's 10th clean sheet of the season, setting a new Atlantic Sun record for single-season shutouts.
ETSU will carry a league-best four-match unbeaten streak into Sunday's final. The Bucs are 6-2-2 all time in A-Sun postseason play.
UNF managed to upset regular season Atlantic Sun Champion and tournament host Florida Gulf Coast, 2-1, Friday night. View the box score here.
Goals by Luis Camejo and Pedro Carneiro helped the Ospreys (8-6-3, 2-4-2) overcome a physical FGCU attack that included five yellow cards and three red cards.
The Ospreys are 2-1-0 all time in A-Sun postseason play, with both wins coming this year. The A-Sun Championship Final appearance marks the furthest UNF has ever advanced in the tournament.
ETSU vs. UNF - Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:00 p.m. - LIVE STATS - VIDEO - TICKETS
|Updated as of Nov. 12||ETSU||UNF|
|Goals per game (A-Sun rank)||1.12 (4th)||1.25 (3rd)|
|Goals allowed per game||0.88 (1st)||1.12 (4th)|
|Shutouts||9 (1st)||5 (4th)|
|Fouls per game||9.06 (9th)||13.44 (1st)|
|Corners per game||4.88 (6th)||5.00 (4th)|
ETSU has won five of its six meetings against UNF, including a 1-0 conference-opening win in Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 4.
Additional information regarding this year's Atlantic Sun Men's Soccer Championships can be found at the Atlantic Sun's "Championship Central."
VOTE FOR FUBI
A member of ETSU's winningest class in program history, senior midfielder Itode Fubara (Ogbema, Nigeria) is one of just 10 finalists for this year's presitigious Senior CLASS Award. Fans can vote for Fubara once per day until Nov. 25 by clicking here.