JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 7, 2015) – ETSU is coming off a big win over the nationally ranked Kentucky Wildcats on September 16. The Bucs have now focused on their last non-conference opponent, the Liberty Flames, who come to Summers-Taylor Stadium on September 22 at 5 p.m.
Huge Victory Over the Wildcats
The East Tennessee State University men’s soccer team upended the nationally ranked Kentucky Wildcats at home, 3-1. The Bucs had three different goal scorers with James Smith (Eastbourne, England), Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil), and Mitchell Cecatiello (Pascagoula, Miss.).
The first goal of the game went in the ETSU favor in the 19th minute, which was the fastest goal scored this season for the Bucs. Smith netted the first of the game, but sophomore Jeffrey George (Safety Harbor, Fl.) was able to corral the rebound off an UK defender. George gave the ball to Smith on the left side of the box, and Smith was able to kick it in with his left foot for the goal.
The Bucs extended their lead to two just five minutes later. Ramalho scored his second goal of the season as Christian Ilia (Norrkoping, Sweden) picked up his first assist of the season. Ilia led Ramalho with a long pass from midfield, and Ramalho was able to get a strong clean shot off that found the back of the net.
Kentucky was able to cut the lead in half by scoring in the 36th minute.
Cecatiello scored his first goal of the season just two minutes into the second half. Smith found a rebound after a shot was blocked. Smith gave the ball to Cecatiello who was able to sneak the ball past the UK keeper.
Scouting Last Non-Conference Game of Season
ETSU will host and play their final non-conference game of the 2015-16 season against the Liberty Flames. This will be the Bucs’ third game of the season against a Big South Conference (BSC) opponent. ETSU have faced High Point and Radford, who are both in the BSC, and the Bucs are 1-0-1 against the conference thus far.
This will be the first time the Flames and the Bucs have met. Liberty is 4-3 this season and is currently on a three game win streak with wins over Howard and James Madison. Liberty has taken on average 11.17 shots per game and has scored 11 goals this season, which is second in the BSC. However, Liberty has allowed 10 goals this season, which is 1.43 goals per game, and the Flames have the fewest saves this season with 16, 2.29 per game.
Sachem Wilson leads the team in points (7) and is third in the conference. He has netted three goals with one assist. Nico Bellarde is right behind his teammate with five points, 2 goals and an assist. The Flames goalie, Jeremy Lee, has delivered two shutouts this season over VMI and James Madison.
What the Next Game Could Mean for ETSU
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