JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 15, 2015) – ETSU men’s soccer will be hosting the nationally ranked Kentucky Wildcats at Summers-Taylor Stadium on September 16 at 7 p.m. The Bucs have played against the Wildcats the past three years and are 1-2 against UK.
Last Game Recap vs. App State
The Mountaineers attacked strong in the first half as they attempted six shots with five being on goal. Appalachian State scored both of their goals in the first 45 minutes with the first goal in the 12th minute. ASU was awarded a corner and after bouncing off a player, Stephen Chapman of App State kicked the ball in for the 1-0 lead. The second Mountaineer goal came with five minutes remaining in the half. A Buc defender was caught playing too aggressively and fouled an App State attacker in the box. Chapman took the penalty kick and advanced the score to 2-0.
ETSU looked like a different team in the second half as they controlled most of the possession in the last 45 minutes. The Bucs took seven more shots with three on goal. The only ETSU goal came in the 67th minute made by Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.). Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.) found himself at the top of the box, and he kicked the ball behind his back to Ekern. He then took the ball to the net for the only goal for the Bucs.
Bucs vs. Wildcats
East Tennessee State has played the Kentucky Wildcats the past three consecutive seasons and has accumulated a 1-2 record in those three years. Last year, ETSU traveled to Lexington and was shutout in a 2-0 loss. However in the 2013-14 season, the Bucs opened their home schedule against the Wildcats with a 1-0 victory. Thibault Civalier, who was in his freshman season with the Buccaneers, netted the game-winning goal. It was also his first collegiate goal and was scored just two minutes into the second half.
Kentucky has outscored the Bucs 5-2 in all three games, but ETSU is 1-0 at home against UK.
Comparing the Bucs and the Wildcats this season, ETSU holds a slight edge. ETSU leads with goals scored per game with 1.25 to Kentucky’s 1.00 goals. The Buccaneers also have a better shot on goal percentage this season with .345 to the Wildcats’ .323, and ETSU has nearly doubled Kentucky’s attempts in shots per game with 13.8. The two teams are also similar in their last two games because they are both 0-1-1. ETSU has an upper hand at home because the Bucs are 1-0, and the Wildcats are 0-1 this season on the road.
It’s a Team Effort
The blue and gold have been working as a team these past couple of game on the field and statistically. The Bucs have three players that lead the team in points (3): Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil), Woodfin and Ekern. The trio each picked up a goal and an assist so far this season.
Head coach Bo Oshoniyi has played 19 players this season. Over half of the players that have played in a game this season were not on the roster last season.
The Bucs defense has been more effective in the second half this season as ETSU opponents thus far have taken fewer shots in the second half than the first. Freshman goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland (Chester, UK) has made fewer saves in the second half (7) than in the first half (13).
What Would a Win Mean?
Additional Fan Information
It was announced today the berm area opposite of the stands will be open for all fans on gameday. Fans are allowed to bring chairs and blankets to sit on the grass side only. There will be a gate on that side of the stadium so fans can access the seating area.
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