JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 4, 2012) – The ETSU men’s soccer team continues Atlantic Sun play at Summers-Taylor Stadium this weekend, hosting North Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. and Jacksonville on Sunday at 1 p.m.
ETSU (4-5-1, 0-1-0 A-Sun) is in dire need of two conference wins after falling to Mercer last Sunday in its A-Sun opener, 2-1. The loss marked the second year in a row in which ETSU has lost its first conference game. Last year, the then-No. 24 Buccaneers had a one-goal halftime lead against Belmont, but surrendered three second-half scores and saw three players receive red cards, resulting in the 3-1 final. ETSU’s only win in a conference opener came in 2010, when it beat Campbell, 4-0.
In order to avoid its second straight 0-2 conference start, the Bucs will look toward their leading goal scorer in junior David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.). Geno has been an offensive powerhouse this year, leading ETSU in goals (6), assists (3) and points (15). The Dobyns-Bennett product has 18 goals and 47 points in his two-plus year career, just two goals and three points shy of Schoenfeld’s career marks in those categories. Geno broke Schoenfeld’s career assists record against Furman, notching the 11th of his collegiate campaign.
ETSU’s Last Outing
The Buccaneers opened up Atlantic Sun play last Sunday at Summers-Taylor Stadium against Mercer. Ehjayson Henry put the Bears on top 17 minutes in, netting his first goal of the season on Mercer’s first shot of the game. ETSU redshirt junior Luis Calzadilla (Caracas, Venezuela) put in his third goal of the year to equalize in the 47th minute, but Henry responded less than two minutes later to give Mercer the lead for good on its only shot of the half.
For the game, ETSU outshot Mercer by an astounding mark of 19-4, including a 10-1 thumping in the second half, but the Bears defense held ETSU to shots from low-percentage areas. Greg Ranjitsingh made six saves, including one off a shot from Dalton Guzman (Knoxville, Tenn.) in the final seconds.
Scouting the Ospreys
North Florida (3-6-0) will be playing its first conference game of the year when it steps onto the field Friday. To this point, UNF has not had too much success, winning just three games while being outscored 33-11. UNF is also winless in its last four games, being outscored 23-0 in the process. The Ospreys carry a very high GAA of 3.67, but can be dangerous, especially knowing that their slate is wiped clean to start the conference season.
Four different Ospreys lead the team in goals scored, with Jean Rivaroli, Max McDaniel, Maurice Valderruten and Camilo Garcia all having scored two goals apiece. Rivaroli and McDaniel have each added an assist to lead the team in points with five.
Scouting the Dolphins
Jacksonville (1-8-1, 0-1-0 A-Sun) had an early start to its conference season, taking on Stetson exactly one month prior to Sunday’s meeting with ETSU. The Dolphins fell, 2-0, in DeLand, Fla., opening the season at 0-5. While not much improved, JU is 1-3-1 since then, with its only win of the season coming at home on Sept. 22, 5-0, against Georgia Southern. JU’s tie was impressive, drawing Central Florida on the road after leading, 2-1, with 10 minutes to play.
Nick Rodriguez is Jacksonville’s leading goal scorer with four of the Dolphins’ nine goals this season. Matheus Saroli leads the squad in assists with two, along with Guilherme Brandao. Garvin Carlin has started all 10 games in goal, carrying a GAA of 1.86 with 19 goals allowed.
ETSU’s Friday night game with UNF will be its fifth all-time against the Ospreys. Since falling in their first all-time meeting, ETSU has reeled off the last three to lead 3-1-0. Last year was close, as Aaron Schoenfeld scored with less than two minutes to play to force overtime. Less than a minute into the second extra session, Theo Yang (Lilburn, Ga.) won the game with the golden goal.
ETSU and JU met twice last year, with the Dolphins taking the regular season matchup before falling in the A-Sun quarterfinals, 2-0. The No. 6-seeded Bucs saw both of their goals come from David Haba (Germantown, Tenn.), avenging the loss down in Florida from earlier in the year. JU still leads the all-time series 3-2-0, but the Bucs are 2-1-0 when playing at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
Live stats will be available for both games through Stat Broadcast on ETSUBucs.com. Free live streaming video will also be available on ASun.TV.
ETSU will be celebrating its annual pink game for men's soccer on Friday night against North Florida. Donation opportunities will be available at the game. More information related to this event is available on ETSUBucs.com.
- ETSU is looking to avoid its second straight 0-2 start in conference play. Last year, the Bucs fell to Belmont on the road before losing to Lipscomb at home.
- ETSU will be looking to make it four wins in a row against UNF, while attempting to even up the all-time series against JU. Last year, the No. 6-seeded Bucs took down No. 3-seeded JU in the A-Sun quarterfinals, 2-0, on two goals from David Haba.
- Ryan Coulter became ETSU’s all-time saves leader last Sunday in the game against Mercer, notching the 105th of his career to pass James Holt.
- The weekend is part of a four-game home stand for ETSU, which ends on Tuesday against No. 15 Wake Forest.
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