JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2015) – The East Tennessee State University men’s soccer will wrap up their regular season road schedule on Tuesday as they travel to Macon, Ga. to square off with Mercer University. The Bucs are currently on a three game win streak and have outscored their opponents 8-2 in that span. ETSU is in fourth place in the conference with a 4-3-1 record. Mercer also has a 4-3-1 record in the conference but currently holds the tie-breaker from defeating the Bucs earlier this season.
The Bucs and Bears played tough earlier this season, but Mercer walked away with a narrow 1-0 win and handed ETSU their first home loss of the season. ETSU dominated the possession the entire game and had multiple chances to find the back of the net. The earliest chance for the Bucs to get on the board came in the 26th minute when sophomore midfielder Jeffrey George (Safety Harbor, Fl.) connected with a hard struck ball that was saved by the Mercer goalie.
In the second half, the Bucs had four shots on goal with three of which coming from the graduate student James Smith (Eastbourne, England). He took two shots and a header, but all three attempts were saved by the Bears’ keeper.
The only goal of the match came in the 77th minute when Mercer took a cross from the right side. Freshman goalie Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.) snagged the ball and corralled the ball to the ground. However, Will Bagrou of Mercer kicked the ball away from Sutherland’s hands and put the ball easily in the back of the net. Mercer ended the game with just two shots with one on goal as compared to ETSU’s 15 shots with five on goal.
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After stealing a win from the Bucs, the Bears have gone 2-1-1 with a narrow 2-1 victory over VMI and a 3-2 loss against UNCG. Since ETSU lost to MU, the Bucs have gone 3-1 and have outscored the opposition 8-4 with two road wins. In the conference, Mercer is 2-2 at home with losses to UNCG and Furman.
Since the start of SoCon play, Mercer has attempted just 104 shots, which is second to last in the conference. ETSU has taken the most with 146 shots. Mercer has scored just 1.48 goals in conference games this year and sits in fifth place in this category in the SoCon. The Bears have the third best goals against average in the SoCon with 1.25 goals per game as compared to ETSU’s 1.38.
Jordan Duru and Bagrou lead the team with 0.88 points per game and three goals in conference matches this year. Bagrou leads the team in SoCon game-winning goals with two with one coming against ETSU earlier this season. The Mercer keeper, Jeremy Booth, corrals four saves on average and has a save percentage of 0.762 in SoCon matches this year.
The Bucs will travel to Mercer to play the second-to-last match of the season in hopes to keep climbing in the SoCon. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Bear Field. Live video and live stats links can be found under the related links section of this page.
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