JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 7, 2012) – Riding the momentum of last Sunday’s double-overtime win over 17th-ranked UAB, the ETSU men’s soccer team returns to Summers-Taylor Stadium in search of its fourth straight win when it takes on Radford on Saturday at 7 p.m.
ETSU (3-1-0) will have had six days rest when it steps on the field Saturday, but has been busy making college soccer headlines throughout the week. The Bucs earned three wins last week, taking down UNC Greensboro, 3-1, Presbyterian, 1-0, and UAB, 1-0, en route to garnering both individual and team recognitions.
Scoring three goals, including the game-winner against UAB, junior David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) earned both A-Sun and Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors. The Dobyns-Bennett product was also selected to the National Team of the Week by both College Soccer News and Soccer America. Goalkeeper Ryan Coulter (Dublin, Ireland) was honored as the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week, shutting out both Presbyterian and Alabama Birmingham.
The Buccaneers climbed into the NSCAA regional rankings as well, entering the Association’s second poll of the season at No. 6. Future opponents on ETSU’s 2012 schedule, Wake Forest and Furman, appeared at No. 2 and No. 7, respectively.
Scouting the Highlanders
Radford (2-0-1) last played on Sunday, earning a two-goal victory against SUNY Adelphi. The Highlanders scored four times, taking a, 3-0, lead into halftime, but were put to the test when Omar Edwards netted two goals in a span of 51 seconds to bring the Panthers within a goal. It was as close as it got, as Matt Janssen iced the game with a minute to go, scoring his first goal of the season.
The Highlanders’ other two results include a, 1-0, shutout of the A-Sun's newest member, Northern Kentucky, and a scoreless draw to UMBC in their season opener.
ETSU and Radford last met in 2009 at Radford’s Vert Stadium, with RU edging the Bucs, 1-0. Their other meeting came in 2008, with ETSU pulling out a, 1-0, win at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
- Live stats for the game will be provided through ETSUBucs.com. Free live streaming video will also be available on ASun.TV. New for the 2012-13 season, all games streamed on ASun.TV will be available free of charge.
ETSU is celebrating Youth Soccer Month. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted to Saturday night’s game for free.
- ETSU is in the midst of a three-game winning streak, defeating UNCG, Presbyterian and then-No. 17 UAB last week.
- The NSCAA ranked ETSU No. 6 in the South Region in its latest poll. Last season, ETSU reached a program-best ranking of No. 3 in the region with a record of 6-1-1.
- The Bucs’ longest non-conference winning and unbeaten streaks in the regular season are four games. They will look to tie those marks with a win against the Highlanders.
- When tied or leading at halftime, ETSU is a perfect 3-0-0 this year. The loss to Appalachian State came with ETSU trailing by a goal at the break.
- David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Itode Fubara (Ogbema, Nigeria) are each one assist away from tying Aaron Schoenfeld’s mark for most career assists (10).
- ETSU and Radford have each stood out defensively this season. The Bucs hold a GAA of just 0.48, while the Highlanders hold a GAA of 0.61.
For more information on ETSU men’s soccer, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s soccer links.