JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 3, 2008) - The ETSU men's soccer team fell to conference opponent North Florida as the Bucs lost in double overtime Friday afternoon at Summers-Taylor Stadium, 2-1.
"In the first half we had a lot of chances, and we failed to put them away," said head coach Scott Calabrese. "When you don't put teams away, you always leave the door open for the other team to get back into the match. UNF's goal late in the half that gave their team momentum heading into halftime, and that's where things went wrong for us tonight."
The Bucs (4-4, 0-1 A-Sun) jumped out in front in the 11th minute as Russell Thompson (Blairsville, Ga.) scored his first goal of the season, knocking the cross from Andrew Brown (Montego Bay, Jamaica) into the back of the net to give ETSU a 1-0 advantage.
UNF evened things up in the 29th minute as Akil DeFreitas rocketed a shot from just inside the 18 yard box past the Buccaneer keeper to make the score 1-1. The Bucs outshot the Ospreys 12-5 in the first half as the score was tied going into the break.
In the second half, both teams had good scoring opportunities, but neither team took advantage of them as the score remained 1-1 at the end of regulation.
The Ospreys broke the tie in the 106th minute as DeFreitas flicked the rebound from his own shot into the goal for the game winner to make the final 2-1.
"The first goal for UNF was a bit unlucky," Calabrese said. "DeFreitas is very fast and we got isolated on him, and that's how he got free. With his pace he was able to get beyond our back line and James made a great save on the first shot but had some bad luck as the ball bounced straight back off DeFreitas and trickled in the net. That's sometimes how the game goes. It was disappointing to lose the game, but our team fought hard and the attitudes of the players were correct. They worked very hard, but ultimately if we put home our chances early in the match things would have been different."
ETSU outshot UNF 19-16 in the match, and also had more corners 5-3. Defensively, James Holt (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) led the Bucs with six saves.
The Bucs are back in action Sunday at 1 p.m. at Summers-Taylor Stadium as they will take on conference opponent Jacksonville. Please visit www.ETSUBucs.com for more information on men's soccer or any other Buccaneer athletic news.