JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 28, 2015) – The ETSU men’s soccer team will kick off their conference schedule Tuesday, September 29 as they travel to Wofford College. The Bucs will then return home to face Virginia Military Institute on Friday, October 2. The Bucs have only accumulated one loss against both teams since 2008.
The Bucs did not favor against the Terriers last season as they finished 0-1-1. However, the Bucs have the edge overall as ETSU is 2-1-2 in regular season games against Wofford. ETSU has outscored the Terriers 2.6 goals to 2.2 goals in head-to-head play.
Wofford was predicted to finish in fifth place, one spot behind ETSU, in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Terriers have played well in their non-conference schedule as they are 5-1-1 thus far and lead the Southern Conference in overall record. They have been perfect in Spartanburg as they are 3-0 this season with wins over Charlotte, Gardner-Webb, and Presbyterian.
Scouting the Terriers
The Terriers lead in several statistical categories in the SoCon: points per game (6), goals per game (2.14), assists per game (1.71), goals allowed per game (0.86), and save percentage (85.4 percent). Nestor Jaramillo leads Wofford with the most shots attempted with 3.86 shots per game and is tied for the most points this season with nine in the SoCon. Will Puckett and Matthew Aurednik are the leading goal scorers for the team as they both have three goals on the season. Jonathan Dean is tied with him teammate, Jaramillo, with three assists so far this season. Wofford has played two goalies and both are in the top three in goals allowed average. Garrett Closs has received most of the playing time in goal as he accumulated 358 minutes in net. He has allowed 1.01 goals per game while tallying 22 saves and a save percentage of 74.6 percent.
ETSU has remained perfect against the Keydets as they are 4-0 against VMI since 2008. The Bucs swept the two game series last season with a 2-0 win at home and a 4-0 win on the road. In the four games, ETSU are outscoring VMI 10-1.
VMI has been held winless in both non-conference and conference play this season. VMI has played two teams that the Bucs have also played this season: High Point and Liberty. The Keydets lost to High Point 1-0 and to Liberty 3-0, while the Bucs won both games against those opponents. VMI was predicted to finish sixth according to the preseason coaches’ poll. They have lost their SoCon opener at home to Furman 3-0.
Scouting the Keydets
The Keydets goalie, Alex Guerra, has made the most saves in the conference with 65. The closest to him is Jeremy Booth of Mercer with 37. VMI has netted just two goals this season while allowing 19, which is the most in the conference. They have also attempted the fewest number of shots with 45 and 17 on goal.
Travis Borkey has been a consistent shooter for the Keydets as he has taken 12 shots on the year with seven on goal. He has the highest shot on goal percentage (58.3 percent) on the team with at least five shots taken. Borkey has one of the two goals this season for VMI. The other goal was scored by Campbell Wood, who has played in six of the eight games. Hunter Morgan has also been consistent for VMI as he has started all eight games. He has taken nine shots (second highest on the team) with three on goal.
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