JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 29, 2015) – The ETSU men’s soccer team are finishing their 2015 season at home against the top of the conference UNCG Spartans on October 31 at 7 p.m. at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
SoCon Tournament Information
With Furman’s win over Wofford Thursday, the Bucs have claimed the fourth seed in the tournament and will host the Terriers on November 7 at 7 p.m. ETSU and Wofford have played twice this season and each have won and lost a game. In head-to-head matchups this season, the teams have scored a combined ten goals.
The Bucs walked away from Greensboro earlier this year with a tie, when there were multiple chances for ETSU to pick up the victory. This was the only draw for both teams this season. Even though the final was 1-1 after two overtime periods, the Bucs had three chances after Fletcher Ekern’s (Knoxville, Tenn.) game-tying goal in the 80th minute. The first opportunity came just a few minutes after the goal, when James Smith (Eastbourne, England) took a shot that was saved by the Spartan goalie. One of the better opportunities came with just seconds remaining in the first overtime when Chase Clack (Memphis, Tenn.) kicked the ball out of ETSU’s half to end the UNCG attack. Ekern raced to the ball and snuck behind the Spartan backline to get a one-on-one chance with the UNCG keeper. His shot started high and began to fall and hit the cross bar as time expired to end the threat.
ETSU ended up outshooting UNCG 21-15 at the end of the game and shifted the momentum after the first 45 minutes. Ekern led the team with six shots, and Christian Ilia (Norrkoping, Sweden), Ben Holt (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Smith each had three shots with one on goal.
What is new with UNCG?
The Spartans control the top seed in the SoCon after the Bucs defeated Furman last week in Greenville, S.C. UNCG has an unbeaten streak in their previous six matches dating back to October 6. They are currently on a three game win-streak with a recent overwhelming 11-0 win over VMI at home. The Spartans will claim the top seed in the tournament if they beat the Bucs or Furman losing in their final match against Mercer in Greenville, S.C.
Leeroy Maguraushe claimed the SoCon Player of the Week last week, and it is his second time earning the award this season. He scored two goals during that week against Mercer and Wofford, and Maguraushe leads all freshman in the SoCon in goals scored with eight. Jacques Francois also is tied for first on the team with eight goals but also has nine assists, which is 25 points. Both Francois and Maguraushe lead the conference with the most points this season. UNCG also has three other players this season with five goals. Darrien Thomas is one of those players and is second on the team with five assists. The Spartans are outscoring their opponents by 24 goals. Jon Milligan has earned the starting position in goal the past couple of games, and he has played in seven matches and allowed just four goals. Milligan has the best save percentage in the SoCon with .852 this season.
The game will start at 7 p.m. in Johnson City. There will be a pre-game ceremony honoring the three seniors on the team: James Smith, Henrique Novaes (Vinhedo, Brazil), and Donte Brangman (Southampton, Bermuda), so be sure to arrive twenty minutes before the game to see the ceremony!
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