Former Bucs' headman Calabrese returns to ETSU
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 15, 2014) - The ETSU men's soccer team will look to bounce back from a road loss at Kentucky as the Bucs host Florida International University Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday's match versus FIU will mark the Bucs' second consecutive match versus a Conference USA opponent. ETSU will play another C-USA program Saturday, Sept. 20 as the Bucs host South Carolina.
GETTING UP TO SPEED
The Buccaneers (2-2) could not overcome two second-half goals in Lexington, Ky., over the weekend, falling to Kentucky, 2-0 at the Bell Soccer Complex.
ETSU and UK played to a scoreless draw through the match's first 50 minutes, until the Wildcats (3-2) scored two goals in an approximately five-minute span.
Redshirt sophomore Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil), who has scored four of the Bucs' five goals this season, currently ranks tied for fourth in the nation for goals per game (1.00). Ramalho scored two goals in each of ETSU's first two matches.
ETSU is 28-13-9 (.650) all-time at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
Florida International Panthers - Conference USA - Miami, Fla.
Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m.
FIU is coached by former ETSU head coach Scott Calabrese, who coached the Bucs from 2008-13, overseeing the program's rise from a fledgling start-up to a regional contender. Calabrese helped lead ETSU to four consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins (2010-13), and two NCAA Tournament berths in a four-year span (2010, 2013).
Since beginning the season with a marquee road win at No. 19 Michigan, the Panthers (1-2-1) have gone 0-2-1; however, like ETSU, three of FIU's first four matches have been away from home.
Most recently, FIU played Elon to a 0-0 draw Wednesday, Sept. 10 in Elon, N.C.
The Panthers' defense has been solid this season, as FIU has allowed just five goals in four matches, including two matches at Top 25 programs. However, FIU has scored just two goals this season, with Juan Benedetty, and Donald Tomlinson each scoring once.
Following Tuesday's match at ETSU, FIU will begin a three-game homestand, hosting San Diego State, No. 24 Florida Gulf Goast, and UAB.
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