|August 26, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|HPU||11:45||INMAN, Ryan (BENONYSSON, Siggi )|
|HPU||18:24||SHEAR, Justen (GANIDEKAM, Bana )|
|HPU||24:20||BENONYSSON, Siggi (PUNYED, Renato )|
|ETSU||35:58||John Lucchesi (Javier Alberto )|
|HPU||54:57||BENONYSSON, Siggi (FENWICK, Johnny )|
|HPU||61:59||CAMPBELL, Erien (GANIDEKAM, Bana )|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||HPU|
|Shots (on Goal)||12 (4)||16 (8)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 25, 2016) – The ETSU men’s soccer team will open its 2016 regular season with a road game at High Point University on Aug. 26 with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Vert Stadium.
Bucs and Panthers History
Since the beginning of the Buccaneer program in 2008, the Panthers have yet to score a goal against the Blue and Gold. The Bucs and Panthers have met twice in the last eight seasons, and ETSU has won both games 2-0 at home in 2008 and 2015.
Most recently, HPU traveled to Summers-Taylor Stadium last year where James Smith (Eastbourne, England) and Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.) shut down the Panthers. The Buccaneer defense earned their first shutout of the season including Jonny Sutherland’s (Chester, U.K.) first career shutout at ETSU. The backline also limited the amount of shots taken by HPU as the Panthers took just five shots with one on goal. The ETSU offense drilled 20 shots with seven on goal in the mid-week matchup.
Scouting High Point
After posting an 8-6-7 record last season, the Panthers made it to the Big South Tournament championship match but ultimately fell to the top-seeded Winthrop Eagles in penalty kicks. This season High Point is picked to finish second after its run in the tournament last season.
HPU has three preseason All-Big South selections: Ebe Kudolo, Johnny Fenwick, and Renato Punyed, and Rashid Tetteh is an All-Freshman pick for the Panthers.
The Panthers return three of their top four point scorers from last season: Chris Ramsell, Kudolo, and Punyed. Ramsell scored the second-most goals on the team with five and finished the season with 13 points. Kudolo and Punyed each tallied eight points for third-most on the squad as they combined for three goals and 10 assists in 2015.
Of the key losses, HPU lost its starting goalkeeper, Kody Palmer, to graduation. He started all 21 matches last season and tallied an 0.89 goals against average, which was second in the Big South Conference. The Panthers have shown two keepers this preseason with both being red-shirt freshmen: Keegan Meyer and Pat Fallon.
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