Bucs ready to bounce back from Davidson, still No. 8 in NSCAA South Region
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2012) – The ETSU men’s soccer team continues its four-game road swing against a second clutter of Wildcats, as it travels to the UK Soccer Complex for its first all-time meeting with Kentucky on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
For the third week in a row, ETSU (4-2-0) has appeared in the NSCAA/Continental Tire South Region Poll, maintaining their No. 8 spot despite Saturday’s loss at Davidson. The Bucs entered the regional rankings Sept. 4 at No. 6 following the win against then-No. 17 UAB.
David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) heads the ETSU attack, leading both the team and Atlantic Sun Conference in goals, points and shots. The junior striker has scored four times off 19 shots, accumulating nine points with the help of one assist. His 1.50 points per game and 0.67 goals per game also lead the conference.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Ryan Coulter (Dublin, Ireland) has been the A-Sun’s best in terms of GAA, holding opponents to an average of 0.77. The Irish keeper is also second in save percentage at .828, with two clean sheets to his credit.
ETSU’s Last Outing
ETSU (4-2-0) began its 13-day stretch of road games on Saturday, dropping a double-overtime decision to Davidson, 2-1. The Bucs held a 1-0 lead for most of the game following Geno’s 16th-minute goal, but let it slip away in the late stages by conceding the equalizer with 10 minutes to play. Davidson put the game away in the second overtime, as Peter Paras drove in a free kick from 20 yards despite the Wildcats playing a man down after Ryan Malden received his second caution in the 86th minute.
The loss snapped ETSU’s four-game winning streak, along with its four-game non-conference winning and unbeaten streaks. The four consecutive non-conference wins over UNC Greensboro, Presbyterian, UAB and Radford tied the program record.
Kentucky (2-4-0) is coming off its biggest win of the season, taking down state-rival Louisville, 1-0, on the road. Matt Lodge scored the game’s only goal in the 38th minute, as Kentucky held on despite being outshot 11-5 for the game, including 8-1 in the second half.
The Wildcats have faced a tough schedule through its first six games, squaring up against the likes of Northwestern, St. John’s Charlotte and Louisville. All four of those teams have been inside the NSCAA National Rankings at some point this season, with Charlotte having been ranked No. 4 at the time of its meeting with UK.
Live stats will be provided for Wednesday night’s game courtesy of Stat Broadcast through ETSUBucs.com. Fans following with ETSU’s newest partner in live stat software will be able to follow the Bucs with up-to-the-second statistics, while also being able to view the latest Tweets from @ETSUAthletics. To view these Tweets, simply click the Twitter tab located at the bottom of the screen.
Live video will be available on UKAthletics.com, with a premium charge for fans wishing to watch the game.
- Wednesday night’s matchup is the first all-time between ETSU and UK.
- The Bucs have faced one other Conference USA opponent this season, taking down 17th-ranked UAB, 1-0, at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
- This is the second of four consecutive road games for ETSU. The stretch began on Saturday with a loss to Davidson, and ends next Thursday at Furman.
- ETSU’s loss to Davidson snapped its four-game winning streak, along with its four-game winning and unbeaten streaks against non-conference opponents. The Buccaneers’ longest winning streak in program history is five.
- David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) leads the A-Sun in goals, goals per game, points and points per game. He has scored four goals and accumulated nine points.
- Ryan Coulter (Dublin, Ireland) leads the A-Sun in GAA at 0.77. He has two shutouts to his credit this season.
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