Bucs tie Mountaineers in final exhibition match of the preseason, 1-1
Friday, August 28, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 28, 2009) - The ETSU men's soccer team tied Appalachian State 1-1 in its final exhibition match of the preseason Friday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium.


"Appalachian State is a good team and we will take a lot of the lessons from this game and make the necessary changes to improve our team," said head coach Scott Calabrese. "When you face a quality team it tells you a lot. In this case it told us what we do well, what we do poorly, which players can rise to the occasion and play well at this level, and which players struggle when they play at this level."


It looked as if the Bucs were going to take a 1-0 lead in the first half when ETSU earned a penalty kick on a foul inside the 18-yard box in the 36th minute, but a great save by Drake Benson kept the Bucs off of the board.


The Mountaineers took a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute as Arie Muniz settled an ETSU turnover and placed a strike from just outside the 18-yard box into the upper left corner of the net.


The Bucs had a couple chances late in the half but could not convert as Appalachian State took a 1-0 lead into the half.


ETSU came out inspired in the second half putting a lot of pressure on the Mountaineer defense. In the 68th minute, freshman Theo Yang (Lilburn, Ga.) made a great move and found a wide open Sean Hoek (Newburgh, Ind.), as Hoek fired a rocket from 25-yards out past the ASU keeper to tie the match at 1-all.


Both teams continued to get good looks at the goal, but neither team could get the game-winner as the match ended in a 1-1 tie.


ETSU was outshot 14-13 in the game as the Mountaineers had a 9-6 advantage in corners. James Holt (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) had a team-high three saves in the match, while starter Scott Rosman (Kenner, La.) had one save.


"I was impressed with the play of Theo Yang and Alesi Osorio," Calabrese said. "Both of these young players came off of the bench and gave us a great lift. We are going to keep preparing to make sure we are ready as Wofford comes in on Tuesday."


The Bucs open the season Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Wofford. For more information on Buccaneer men's soccer and all other Buccaneer athletic news, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.