JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 19, 2015) – East Tennessee State men’s soccer will square off with Wofford and Furman this week in hopes to revenge from losses earlier this season. The Bucs lost in a heart breaker to Wofford 3-2 in double overtime and was later shutout by Furman 2-0 in Johnson City. The Bucs made up some ground this past weekend with every team this weekend picking up a tie or a loss. ETSU is just four points out of the second place UNCG and three points away from third place.
The Bucs came out of Spartanburg, S.C. with a heartbreaker after falling in double overtime. ETSU found themselves up 2-0 at the half with goals by James Smith (Eastbourne, England) and Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.). Smith scored his goal off a penalty kick in the sixth minute whereas Ekern netted his goal in the 29th minute from the right side of the net. The Terriers retaliated in the second half after a goal in the 68:07 mark and then a penalty kick at the 68:35 mark. The two teams went into overtime tied at two. Neither team scored in the first overtime, but Wofford found the back of the net in the second overtime off a corner to score the game-winner.
Wofford has been nearly perfect at home with a 5-1-1 record, but the Bucs get to host the Terriers, who is 3-2-1 on the road. Wofford is 1-2 in their last three away games and is currently 1-1-1 in their last three games. The Terriers are currently in third place in the SoCon and just three points ahead of the Buccaneers. In the all-time matches with Wofford, the Bucs are 2-2-2 with the Terriers.
Scouting the Terriers
The Terriers average the most goals in the conference with 2.08 per game as compared the ETSU’s 1.50. They also average the most points per game with 5.46. The closest to Wofford in that category is UNCG with 4.67. The Terriers have the third lowest goals allowed average in the conference 1.10 goals per game.
Senior midfielder, Nestor Jaramillo, leads Wofford in most categories this season including: points (13), goals (5), shots (47), and shots on goal (21). Jaramillo has scored twice in the last three games, but his most recent goal was deflected off a Mercer defender. The Terriers have multiple threats to put the ball in the back of the net. They have five players that have at least three goals this season and six players with at least six points.
Garrett Closs has played the most minutes for his team in net with 648 minutes and has the second lowest goals against average in the conference with 0.97. The Bucs faced Joe Wichmann last time out who has played in seven games this year and has allowed eight goals. Both goalies have each pitched a shutout this season.
ETSU continues to struggle against Furman as they are now 1-4-2 against the conference leading Paladins. Earlier this season, the Bucs had a chance to beat the Paladins, but the Bucs had two defensive miscues to give Furman the 2-0 shutout. The first goal happened after Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.) stopped a shot on goal, but the ball got away from the freshman keeper, and the Furman attack put the ball in the middle of the net. The second goal of the game came late in the second half after an ETSU defender and a Furman attacker were tangled up in the Buccaneer box. The Paladins were awarded a penalty kick and moved the score to 2-0. The Bucs outshot the Paladins 15-8 with 5-5 on goal.
Furman is currently 1-1-1 in their last three conference matches. Surprisingly enough, the Paladins are 2-3 at Stone Soccer Stadium in Greenville, S.C. The Paladins final stretch of the season includes three home games.
Scouting the Paladins
The Paladins have the lowest goals allowed average in the SoCon and is the 20th best in the nation with just 0.65 per game. Their goalie, Sven Lissek, was also named to College Soccer News Team of the Week this past week. He has picked up five shutouts this season in net. Lissek and the back line of the Paladins are what keeps the Paladins in most games.
Offensively, Furman attempts the fourth lowest amount of shots per game with 13.33 and scores the second lowest amount of goals with 1.17. The front line of Furman has just one player with three goals and three players with two this season. Lewis Hawke leads the team with the three goals and in points with eight. Kevin Pahl still leads the team with three assists on the year, but Hawke is right behind his teammate with two. The team only has two players that have attempted over 20 shots this season as compared to ETSU’s top two shot takers with 76 shots combined (Smith and Ekern).
The Paladins have proven to be a second half team this year as they have netted 11 of their 14 goals in the second half. The Paladins surrender most of the goals in the first half as they have given up seven goals. Furman also outshoots the opposition 92-52 in the second half, whereas in the first half they only outshoot their opponents by just 13 shots.
The Bucs will host the Wofford Terriers on Oct. 20 in Johnson City. The match is set for 7 p.m. at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
The Paladins will then play host to ETSU on Oct. 23 in Greenville, S.C. The game will start at 8 p.m. at Stone Soccer Stadium.
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