Fans invited to come out early to enjoy new "tailgating" area
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2012) – The ETSU men’s soccer team takes on its third ranked opponent of the season on Tuesday, hosting 2007 National Champion and No. 15 Wake Forest inside Summers-Taylor Stadium at 7 p.m.
For this game and the rest of the season, fans are invited to tailgate prior to Buccaneer contests in a specially designated area. The roped off section for men's soccer is located in the ETSU parking lot behind Bojangles Restaurant.
The matchup will be the first all-time between ETSU (6-5-1, 2-1-0 A-Sun) and Wake Forest (7-2-3, 1-1-3 ACC), as the Buccaneers will look to extend their unbeaten streak to six games against NSCAA Top 25 teams. ETSU began the streak last season with a win at then-No. 24 UNC Greensboro, followed by a victory over then-No. 14 William & Mary and a draw to then-No. 25 Furman. That streak continued earlier this year, when the Bucs took down then-No. 17 UAB and played to another tie at then-No. 25 Furman.
Junior David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) continues to be the opposition’s biggest threat, netting eight goals and four assists to total 20 points this season. He leads the team in all three categories, and broke Aaron Schoenfeld’s career points record of 50 on Sunday in the win over Jacksonville. Redshirt senior Colin Pugh (Dublin, Ireland) and junior Blaike Woodruff (Georgetown, Texas) each tallied an assist against North Florida, moving their season totals to four to share the team lead with Geno.
ETSU’s Last Outing
ETSU welcomed in North Florida and Jacksonville to Summers-Taylor Stadium for a weekend of Atlantic Sun play, and took all six points to move up to second place in the league standings.
The Bucs earned their first win of the conference season in a big way on Friday, blowing out UNF, 4-0, with four different Buccaneers registering a goal. Geno knocked home his seventh of the season to open the scoring in the 23rd minute, while a trio of seniors in Franck Doumbe (Silver Spring, Md.), Theo Yang (Lilburn, Ga.) and Pugh each netted their first goal of the year with second-half insurance.
Sunday’s win did not come as easily, but started the same as Friday with Geno opening the scoring in the 20th minute off a great one-touch pass from senior Alesi Osorio (Austin, Texas). Matheus Saroli leveled the score 11 minutes later off a free kick, and the game remained the way into the late stages of the second half. With 1:22 to play, junior defender Nate Hodges (Meridian, Miss.) fired ETSU’s 29th shot of the game, launching a free kick around a wall of JU defender and into the left side of goal for the game-winner.
Scouting the Demon Deacons
Wake Forest saw its six-game unbeaten streak come to an end on Saturday, falling in ACC action at home to Boston College, 1-0. The goal came in the 57th minute of play, when Charlie Rugg chipped a shot over Wake’s keeper Michael Lisch. The Demon Deacons put eight shots on frame, and outshot BC 15-11, but never found the back of the net to suffer just their second loss of the season.
Wake Forest’s most impressive result of the year came on Sept. 14 when they played then-No. 1 UNC to a scoreless draw.
Luca Gimenez leads the attack with five of the team’s 21 goals this season. Meanwhile, the keeper, Lisch, has allowed just seven goals through 12 games, boasting a GAA of 0.55 to rank 11th in the nation.
Live stats will be available for Tuesday night’s contest on Stat Broadcast through ETSUBucs.com. Free live streaming video will also be provided through ASun.TV.
- ETSU is unbeaten in its last five games against ranked opponents, holding a 3-0-2 record in those contests. The streak includes wins against UNC Greensboro, William & Mary and UAB, along with two draws against Furman.
- Tuesday’s game will be the first all-time meeting between ETSU and Wake Forest.
- David Geno is one goal from breaking Aaron Schoenfeld’s ETSU career record. Both are currently tied at 20. He is also two goals, two assists and two points away from breaking the single-season marks in each category.
- Wake Forest lost its first game on Saturday since falling at Louisvile back on Sept. 11. The Demon Deacons were shutout by Boston College, 1-0.
- Wake Forest played then-No. 1 UNC to a scoreless tie on Sept. 14.
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