|September 09, 2016||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|WVU||99:32||Logan Lucas (Joey Piatczyc , Steven James)|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||WVU|
|Shots (on Goal)||12 (4)||18 (8)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 8, 2016) – The ETSU men’s soccer team will take its two-game win streak to Morgantown, W.Va. to take on No. 22 West Virginia at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. The Bucs are 5-3-3 all-time against ranked opponents with their most recent victory over No. 15 Kentucky last season.
About the Bucs
Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.) is leading the surge for the Buccaneers offensively as he netted two goals and tallied an assist in a pair of wins over Appalachian State and George Mason last weekend. Following his strong performances, Woodfin was tabbed Southern Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. ETSU has four other goal scorers this year to average two goals per match.
The Blue and Gold defense was strong versus Appalachian State as they pitched their first shutout since Oct. 23, 2015 (at Furman). Warren Austin (Kingsport, Tenn.), Yera Sissoko (Troyes, France), Chase Clack (Memphis, Tenn.), and Joe Pickering (East Sussex, England) have carried most of the workload for the back line, but ETSU will use Sam Sevigny (Quebec, Canada), Charles Blankenship (Memphis, Tenn.), and Ben Holt (Knoxville, Tenn.) to bolster the defense.
The Buccaneers will face three top-25 teams in the next four games – including No. 1 North Carolina, a rematch with No. 15 Kentucky, and Friday’s match at West Virginia.
ETSU leads the SoCon in goals per game (2.00), while the Bucs’ six goals are tied for the second-most among teams in the conference. The Bucs are also tied for second in assists per game (1.67).
Following his spectacular week, Woodfin leads the SoCon in points per game (1.67), while his two goals and five total points are tied for the league lead.
About West Virginia
The Bucs have won their last two matches against George Mason and Appalachian State and look to continue their hot streak against the nationally-ranked Mountaineers. West Virginia is 2-1 on the season with wins over No. 7 Georgetown and Princeton.
The Mountaineers defense has proven to be tough, as they have only conceded two goals this year - both coming against No. 9 Seattle. Princeton was down two players most of the second half as a pair of Tigers received red cards early in the second half.
WVU’s defense has only allowed 17 shots with three being on goal, an average of 5.68 shots and one shot on goal per game. ETSU averages 11.67 shots with five on goal this season.
West Virginia has been ranked in the Soccer America Top 25 for two consecutive weeks. Last week, the team entered the top-25 at No. 24 and moved up two spots after their 1-0 shutout over Princeton.
Scouting the Mountaineers
The Mountaineer team revolves around their defense as they have allowed 0.67 goals per game with only one shot on goal per match. Jose Santos has manned the net for the Mountaineers in all three contests and has allowed only two goals with both coming against No. 9 Seattle.
The WVU offense has only scored twice with one in the upset victory over No. 7 Georgetown and one versus Princeton. Sophomore midfielder, Tucker Stephenson, has scored both goals for the Mountaineers. His first goal came with two minutes remaining in the first half versus Georgetown, and the second goal scored with ten minutes remaining in the match against Princeton.
The Mountaineers have many new faces as they brought in 14 newcomers for the 2016 season. They return 13 lettermen - including five starters from last season.
West Virginia is predicted to finish third in the Mid-American Conference behind Akron and Western Michigan. The Mountaineers finished 7-12 last year, while going 6-4 on their home turf. WVU is 1-0 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
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