Buccaneers looking to avenge last year’s loss
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 12, 2012) – Coming off a last-second thriller against No. 18 Wake Forest, the ETSU men’s soccer team gets back into Atlantic Sun play on Saturday when it heads to the Music City to take on the Lipscomb Bisons.
Kickoff between ETSU (6-5-2, 2-1-0 A-Sun) and Lipscomb (4-8-0, 1-1-0 A-Sun) is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
The Buccaneers have played all three of their conference games at home this season, but will conclude league play with four of their last five games on the road. ETSU began A-Sun play two weeks ago, but fell to Mercer, 2-1. Last weekend, the Bucs took in all six points with victories against North Florida, 4-0, and Jacksonville, 2-1. Next Friday’s matchup with Northern Kentucky is ETSU’s only remaining regular season game at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
Junior David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) enters Saturday with the team-lead in goals (9), assists (5) and points (23). On Tuesday against Wake Forest, Geno registered his 21st career goal to surpass Aaron Schoenfeld for ETSU’s all-time record. Geno stands alone in all three major career categories with 21 goals, 13 assists and 55 points. The Dobyns-Bennett product’s next goal will be his 10th and break his ETSU single-season record, which he set last year.
Junior defender Blaike Woodruff (Georgetown, Texas) also has five assists on the season to share the team-lead with Geno. After scoring with :03 left on Tuesday night, Emmanuel Wilson (Memphis, Tenn.) is tied for third on the team with Itode Fubara (Ogbema, Nigeria) in goals scored. Redshirt junior Luis Calzadilla (Caracas, Venezuela) sits alone in second place with three goals.
ETSU’s Last Outing
ETSU took on No. 18 Wake Forest on Tuesday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium, and brought all the dramatics in a, 2-2, tie. Geno grabbed the Bucs the lead with his record-setting 21st career goal midway through the opening half, but Wake Forest’s Sean Okoli tied the score just minutes before halftime.
Sixteen minutes into the second half, Michael Gamble put the Demon Deacons ahead with a shot from the left side that beat Ryan Coulter (Dublin, Ireland), who was trying to get back after a collision in the penalty area.
Wake Forest seemed to have the game in hand, holding possession on ETSU’s half of the field with less than a minute to play. The Bucs fought to steal the ball, and with 15 seconds left created a loose-ball situation before being fouled by Danny Wenzel. With the clock running, Wenzel picked up the ball and was issued a yellow card for delaying the game by referee Skye Arthur-Banning, who stopped the clock with 11 seconds remaining.
Fubara launched in a desperation chance from 60-plus yards, which was fought for in the air by a Wake Forest defender and Maximilian Muemken (Muenster, Germany). The momentum carried the ball back to Geno, who flicked it up and across the box. Wilson beat his man and leapt to back-heel the ball over keeper Michael Lisch and equalize with the clock showing :03.
Scouting the Bisons
Lipscomb is coming off a stunning, 3-1, win over last year’s A-Sun Tournament champion Florida Gulf Coast. The Bisons were outshot by a margin of 19-5, but scored on three of their four shots in the second half to pull out the victory.
Luke Salmen put in the first goal in the 61st minute, followed by Josue Chavez in the 69th and Reece Holcombe in the 80th. FGCU’s Jelani Smith put in a consolation goal in the 84th to close the gap to two goals.
Ethan Summers holds the Bisons’ goals lead with three on the season. He and Djabi share the points lead at six with Djabi’s two goals and two assists. As a team, Lipscomb has scored 14 times while giving up 21 scores. Goalkeepers John Schnurbusch and Miguel Hof have combined to give up 2.08 goals per game.
Saturday night’s game will be the seventh all-time meeting between ETSU and Lipscomb. The Bucs currently lead the series 4-2-0, but saw their four-game series winning streak come to an end last year, losing by a score of 2-1. With the game tied, 1-1, Lipscomb was awarded a penalty kick after Woodruff was whistled for a handball in the box and sent off with a red card. Garrett Pettis converted the chance to lead the Bisons past then-No. 24 ETSU.
ETSU and Lipscomb have split the two meetings in Nashville.
Live stats will be available through Stat Broadcast on LipscombSports.com. Free live-streaming video will be available on ASun.TV.
- David Geno enters Saturday as ETSU’s all-time goals, assists and points leader with 21 goals, 13 assists and 55 points. He surpassed Aaron Schoenfeld in each category, who held each record heading into the season at 20 goals, 10 assists and 50 points.
- Geno leads the team this season with nine goals, five assists and 23 points. His nine goals and five assists tie ETSU single-season records, while his 23 points are a new record. Defender Blaike Woodruff also has five assists this season.
- ETSU has won its last two conference games, defeating UNF and Jacksonville last weekend at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
- Last year against Lipscomb, the 24th-ranked Buccaneers were defeated at Summers-Taylor Stadium, ending its four-game winning streak against the Bisons.
- ETSU and Lipscomb have split the two meetings in Nashville.
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