JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 30, 2010) - The ETSU men's soccer team rolled to a 4-0 win over Campbell in the Atlantic Sun opener Thursday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium as the Bucs are on a four-game win streak.
"This is an important result for us tonight," said head coach Scott Calabrese. "Campbell was the conference regular season champions last year. They are a talented and well organized team, and it required a strong team effort to get the result. I believe that our team is continuing to improve and grow in confidence."
With the win, the Bucs (6-2-0, 1-0-0 A-Sun) finally were able to win their conference opener for the first time in three years as they outshot Campbell (2-3-3, 0-1-0 A-Sun) 18-10 in the match. ETSU put nine of the 18 shots on target, while the Camels only had four come on frame. The Buccaneers also had a 5-4 advantage in corners.
Sophomore keeper Ronnie Hreha (Asheville, Tenn.) improved to 3-1-0 on the season as he picked up his first shutout of the year. Hreha had four saved in the contest.
Senior Guilherme Reis (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) gave ETSU a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute as he bent his free kick from just outside the 18-yard box past Campbell's Ryan Amons.
In the 51st minute, Amons made an incredible save on a header by freshman Itode Fubara (Ogbema, Nigeria) to keep the Camels within a goal, but Fubara would not be denied a goal in the 66th minute as he and freshman David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) worked a perfect give-and-go in the penalty area to give Fubara a wide open shot. Fubara then buried the shot in the back of the next to increase the Buccaneer lead to 2-0.
The Bucs began to pour it on in the 84th minute when defender Jaron Westbrook (Round Rock, Texas) found a streaking David Haba (Germantown, Tenn.) for a breakaway goal to extend the ETSU advantage to 3-0.
Geno closed out the scoring in the 90th minute as he settled a giveaway from the Camels defense and beat Amons playing the ball on the ground past the keeper to make the final 4-0 ETSU.
"During these conference weekends we can't afford to take much time to enjoy the result," Calabrese said. "We face a very strong challenge in Mercer come Saturday. We want to continue to get results at home, and so we must be ready for a very different challenge from the one we faced tonight."
The Bucs are back in action on Saturday at 7 p.m. as they close out a five-game homestand against Mercer. For more information on ETSU men's soccer and all other Buccaneer athletic news please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.