RICHMOND, Va. (Aug. 29, 2014) - Redshirt sophomore forward Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil) scored twice, while redshirt freshman Warren Austin (Kingsport, Tenn.) scored the eventual game-winner as the ETSU men's soccer team knocked off William & Mary, 3-2, in Richmond, Va., Friday night as part of the VCU Invitational.
The match marked the first regular season contest for ETSU first-year head coach Bo Oshoniyi.
After falling behind, 1-0, on a third-minute goal by William & Mary's Reilly Maw, ETSU rattled off three consecutive goals (32', 46', and 50') to earn a 3-2 victory in the Buccaneers' season-opener.
"William & Mary put us under a lot of pressure early in the first half," Oshoniyi said. "We told the guys that we would bend a little bit, but not to break, and they did that. Daniel [Adelman] made a few big saves in the first half to keep it at 1-0, and then Manny [Wilson]'s first touch was to Joao [Ramalho] who finished the goal to equalize it."
Ramalho scored the first two goals for the Bucs (1-0), with Emmanuel Wilson (Memphis, Tenn.) assisting the first score (32'). Early in the second half, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Daniel Adelman (Johnson City, Tenn.) booted a deep goal kick, which Ramalho chased down to score his second goal of the game (46') and give the Bucs a 2-1 lead.
Less than four minutes after Ramalho's second goal, redshirt freshman Warren Austin (Kingsport, Tenn.) converted a header (50') off a pass from freshman Samuel Sevigny (Beauport, Quebec) to extend ETSU's lead to 3-1. Austin's eventual game-winner was the first goal of his collegiate career.
The Tribe (0-1) cut the deficit to 3-2 with an 82nd-minute score, however, the Bucs would hold on to clinch the victory.
Last season, William & Mary picked up two wins against the nation's No. 1 ranked team within a 10-day span, beating No. 1 Creighton, 3-2 (2OT) Sept. 15, and No. 1 North Carolina, 1-0, Sept. 24. The Tribe, who clinched a berth in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, received votes in the most recent NSCAA Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
"For our young group to come in on the road and get a result against a quality, tournament-tested side is great for our confidence," Oshoniyi said. "I'm happy for the guys, and I'm excited to see them continue to grow as players and as a team. This is a great learning experience for us."
ETSU will play one more match in the VCU Invitational, taking on host VCU Sunday, Aug. 31 at 3:30 p.m. Like William & Mary, VCU advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. The Rams also received votes in the latest NSCAA Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
"Our motto of sorts this season has been to never get too high and never get too low—to stay even," Oshoniyi said. "That's what we're about right now. Tonight was a hard-fought win. Now, we have to make sure we show up against another great team in VCU."
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