ETSU continues road trip at Appalachian State
Luke Parker pictured.
ETSU continues road trip at Appalachian State
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 8, 2015) – The men’s soccer team has been preparing for the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Sept. 9 at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. The Bucs are 1-1-1, while the Mountaineers are 0-1 this season.

Last Game Recap vs. Radford

The Buccaneer men’s soccer team played in two overtime periods and finished in a 1-1 tie at Radford University.

The Bucs started the game slow with the Highlanders controlling most of the possession in the first half, but ETSU started to get some shots off towards the end of the half.

After coming out at halftime, the Bucs started to gain more momentum. They were able to take some shots with most on goal. Just eight minutes in the second half, Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil) found himself on the right side of the field. He crossed the ball to Luke Parker (Memphis, Tenn.) who was able to net his first collegiate goal in the top section of the goal. This was Ramalho’s first assist of the year, and he leads the team in points with three.

However, Radford retaliated just over a minute and a half later to tie the game. The Highlander, Michael Walsh, gave the ball to Evan Szklennik inside the box. Szklennik was able to volley the ball off to teammate, Finn Tiedemann, who was able to score his second goal of the season in the right side of the net.

Heading into the first overtime, Radford took several shots early but with no luck. Parker found himself with the best chance for the Bucs with a shot in front of the goal, but a Highlander defender blocked the shot.

ETSU and RU couldn’t find the net in the first overtime, and the second overtime was not any different. Radford appeared to have more energy than the Bucs as they attempted two shots in the second overtime. The East Tennessee State defense was able to kick the ball away when the Radford attack was strong.

Parker’s First Collegiate Goal

Parker, a freshman, netted his first collegiate goal against the Highlanders. He is the first freshman of this incoming class to net their first goal of the season. He is one of four freshmen that have touched the field so far this season and the only freshman from the United States to play.

Parker played in his first game on September 1st against High Point when he played just seven minutes. He played the most in the Radford game when he participated in 59 minutes. Parker has taken four shots with two on goal this season. He is second on the team in shot percentage (.250), third in shot on goal percentage (.500), and tied for second in points (2).

Head-to-head against Appalachian State

The Bucs do not have a good record against the Mountaineers as ETSU has gone 1-4-1 against ASU. ETSU and ASU have played every year since the Bucs started the program in 2008, except last season. The Buccaneers have played host to the Mountaineers four of the six games and lost three and tied one in Johnson City. ETSU has traveled to Boone, N.C. twice and has a 1-1 record at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

The most recent matchup was in 2013 in Johnson City when the Bucs lost in a 2-1 two overtime game. The Mountaineers started the scoring in the 71st minute with a shot that found the back of the net. ETSU retaliated with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Nate Hodges scored for the Bucs in the 90th minute to tie the game. However, Appalachian State ended the game in the second overtime with a goal in the 110th minute.

In East Tennessee State’s only win over ASU, the Bucs escaped Boone in a 1-0 game. Colin Pugh scored the game winning goal that came in overtime for the Bucs. Pugh scored the goal just 35 seconds into the first overtime. He flicked his shot just over the goalie’s head to pick up the victory for ETSU.

Scouting Appalachian State

Juniors Stephen Chapman and Donovan Japp are both two players to watch for the Mountaineers. Chapman is a forward who finished last season playing in ten games with seven starts. He finished second best on the team with three goals and tied third in points with six points. He also finished with one of the highest shot on goal percentage on the team with .429, and he also had two game winning goals. Japp is a midfielder who appeared in 12 games with ten starts last season. He picked up one goal and four assists last season for ASU.

So far this season (just one game), Chapman scored a goal in the loss 3-2 loss to North Florida University. He attempted two shots with both on goal. Cooper Coughlin, sophomore midfielder, scored the second goal for Appalachian State. Japp started the game but just took one shot in the game.

North Florida scored all of their goals in the first half with 12 shots. NFU finished the game with 21 shots with eight on goal. ASU only had seven shots with six being on goal. Their goalie, Paul West, started and played the full match and accumulated five saves with a save percentage of .625.

Appalachian State has not played in a match since August 28. ASU had a match scheduled against Jacksonville University on August 30, but it was canceled due to weather.

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