Johnson City, Tenn. (Nov. 6, 2015) – The No. 4 seeded ETSU Bucs will host a Southern Conference quarterfinal match against No. 5 seeded Wofford on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
ETSU and Wofford have played twice this season and each team won one game. In those games, there has been a combined 10 goals. The most recent matchup was played at Summers-Taylor, and ETSU won 3-2 with some heroics by sophomore midfielder Ben Holt (Knoxville, Tenn.). Holt scored his first two collegiate goals in the 38th and 70th minutes. Matthew Aurednik matched Holt as he netted two goals for Wofford. In the first game against the Terriers on Sep. 29, the Bucs took the early lead in Spartanburg as Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.) and James Smith (Eastbourne, England) scored the first two points of the game.
Wofford is second in conference matches with 2.10 goals per game as compared to ETSU’s 1.50 goals. However, Wofford has allowed the most goals in conference games behind VMI with 17 goals. The Terriers are second to last in conference games with a 66.7 save percentage. Wofford has two leading goal scorers in SoCon games: Connor Donohue and Nestor Jamillo with three goals each. Garrett Closs started in net three of the last four games of the season, including against ETSU. Closs averages 3.33 saves per game and allows 1.48 goals per game.
What has been working for the Bucs
Defense and substitute/reserve players have played a major factor throughout the season for ETSU. The defensive backline rotates between four players, who have worked well together this season: Yera Sissoko (Troyes, France), Sam Sevigny (Quebec, Canada), Chase Clack (Memphis, Tenn.), Corentin ‘CoCo’ Ohlmann (Sainte Maire, France). Between these four players and freshman keeper Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.), the Bucs allow 1.38 and have pitched four shutouts.
The other integral part of the ETSU game plan is the reserve players. The Bucs have suffered several injuries throughout the season, but there have been players to step up and fill the void. Players such as: Henrique Novaes (Vinhedo, Brazil), Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.), Davor Milanko (Split, Croatia), Charles Blankenship (Memphis, Tenn.), Warren Austin (Kingsport, Tenn.), Gabe Saavedra (Guaduas, Columbia), Keegan Sanders (Kennesaw, Ga.), Richmond Taylor (Hendersonville, Tenn.), and Austin Petrovich (Brentwood, Tenn.) have impacted the team as a whole by starting or coming off the bench this season.
The quarterfinal match against Wofford will start at 7 p.m. at Summers-Taylor Stadium tomorrow. There will be an entry fee for the game: $5 for adults, $3 for kids (12 years and under), and students are free with their college ID. Seating will be general admission, and the berm will be open for this game and the rest of the SoCon Tournament with paid admission.charis and blankets are welcome on the berm side of the field
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