Bucs come back to tie Wofford in season opener, 2-2
Conrad McCue
Conrad McCue

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 1, 2009) - The ETSU men's soccer team rallied from behind to tie Wofford 2-2 Tuesday night in the season opener at Summers-Taylor Stadium.


"In the first half we got away from our game plan and created silly fouls, but we came out in the second half and did a much better job. As a result we were able to get back in the match," said head coach Scott Calabrese. "Wofford thrives on set pieces and mistakes, and unfortunately we make two mistakes and they made us pay for them. Our guys responded very well and showed a lot of heart."


The game was tight in the first half as both teams had several scoring opportunities, but neither team could convert on their chances as the game remained scoreless at the half. The Terriers outshot the Bucs 8-6 in the half, while ETSU had a 4-2 advantage in corners.


In the 58th minute, Wofford took a 1-0 lead as Moe Kelli intercepted a Buccaneer pass in front of the ETSU goal and fired a shot into the back of the net. The Terriers didn't waste anytime adding to their lead as Yakov Rubinchik found a wide open Alex Hutchins who beat the ETSU keeper to make the score 2-0 Wofford in the 62nd minute.


The Bucs missed out on a couple chances later in the half, but were finally able to get on the board in the 73rd minute as Conrad McCue (Round Rock, Texas) knocked home the rebound from a Jaron Westbrook (Round Rock, Texas) shot to cut the Terrier lead to 2-1.


ETSU got the equalizer in the 77th minute as Sean Hoek (Newburgh, Ind.) got to a loose ball in front of the Wofford net, and fired a shot past the Terrier keeper and the far post to even the match at two.


The game remained 2-2 at the end of regulation sending the game into overtime. In the first overtime, the Bucs outshot Wofford 2-0, but could not get the game winner.


Late in the second overtime, the Terriers went a man down after Paulo Bonfim picked up his second yellow card of the match. ETSU put some pressure on the Terrier defense by firing a couple shots late in the period, but the game ended in a 2-2 tie.


"I am proud of our guys for never giving up and fighting the entire match," Calabrese said. "In the end, we still had a chance to win despite going down 2-0, and you have to be pretty happy with that."


ETSU outshot Wofford 25-12 in the match, while both teams had six corners apiece. Scott Rosman (Kenner, La.) had four saves in goal for the Buccaneers.


The Bucs are back in action Friday at 5 p.m. against VMI at home. For more information on Buccaneer men's soccer and all other Buccaneer athletic news, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.

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