JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2008) - The ETSU men's soccer team closed out the season on a high note Saturday defeating Radford in overtime at Summers-Taylor Stadium, 1-0
"I think that for our players it was important to end the season on a good note," said head coach Scott Calabrese. "The guys are very young and showed a lot of heart throughout the season, and have learned a lot. I am personally very proud of what we have done this season. To achieve six wins in an inaugural year is an incredible achievement. We jumped right into the fire early in the season playing some of the better teams in the country, and now the guys know where they need to be for us to continue to get better next season."
The Bucs (6-10-1, 1-7-1 A-Sun) controlled play in the first half keeping Zach Roszel busy in the Highlander goal. Neither team got on the board in the first half, as the game was scoreless going into the break. ETSU outshot Radford 7-1 in the half with five shots on goal.
In the second half, the Highlanders made a couple runs, but the Buccaneer back line did a good job of keeping the Radford attack from netting a goal. Late in the half Ronnie Westbrook (Round Rock, Texas) headed the corner from Tyler Hoek (Newburgh, Ind.) towards the Radford goal, but Roszel was in position to make the save as the game remained scoreless going into overtime.
Early in the first overtime period, ETSU made a run at the Highlanders' goal, and earned a penalty kick after a Radford foul in the box. Roszel made a nice save keeping Hoek's penalty kick attempt from going in, but Mohsen Pourmorteza (Johnson City, Tenn.) gathered the rebound from the Hoek shot and knocked it into the goal to give the Bucs the win in the 91st minute. The goal was the first of the season for Pourmorteza.
"I think our guys showed a lot of character, Calabrese said. "Our guys were put under a lot of pressure by a more experienced Radford team. They were able to adjust to what we were doing, and we really had to work hard and defend well to stay in the match. Once we settled things down we were able to get back into the game towards the end of the second half. We really created some good chances and pulled out the win."
The Bucs outshot Radford 13-6 in the match, while the Highlanders had the advantage in corners, 4-3. Andrew Brown (Montego Bay, Jamaica) led ETSU with four shots in the match including three on goal, while Cade Jones (Athens, Ga.) led the Bucs defensively with two saves.
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