ROCK HILL, S.C. (Sept. 23, 2014) - Despite goals by redshirt sophomore Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil) and sophomore William Nordenstrom (Linkoping, Sweden), the ETSU men's soccer team suffered a 4-2 setback on the road to Winthrop Tuesday night.
The Eagles (6-2), winners of four of their last five matches, entered the match sporting the nation's 12th-ranked scoring offense, averging more than two goals per contest.
On the day, Winthrop outshot ETSU by a narrow, 12-11 margin; however, the Eagles converted four of their eight shots on goal.
The Buccaneers (4-3) kept pace with Winthrop early on, with the teams trading goals within the first six minutes of play.
Winthrop midfielder Magnus Thorsson gave the Eagles an early 1-0 lead with a fifth-minute goal; however, Ramalho answered for ETSU less than one minute later, scoring his sixth goal of the season.
Ramalho, who ranks 10th in the nation for goals per game, leads ETSU with 13 points on the year.
The Eagles' nationally-ranked offense proved to be too much for the Bucs, as Winthrop added a pair of first-half goals to head into intermission with a 3-1 cushion.
Pol Sole and Thorsson scored for Winthrop in the 17th and 32nd minutes, respectively, with Sole's goal coming on a penalty kick.
After halftime, Max Hasenstab extended the Eagles' lead with a 54th-minute goal.
Nordenstrom cut the Bucs' deficit to 4-2 with an 83rd-minute penalty kick; however, ETSU would get no closer, suffering its first loss in three matches.
Prior to Tuesday's setback, the Bucs had not surrended more than two goals in a contest.
ETSU will be back in action Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m., as the Bucs open Southern Conference play in Spartanburg, S.C., at Wofford.
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