JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 20, 2016) – Winning three of the previous four matches 1-0, ETSU men’s soccer looks to continue its success against No. 20 Kentucky at The Bell on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
About the Bucs
The Buccaneer defense is red-hot as they have not allowed a goal in regulation in the last four matches. The only goal allowed was against No. 22 West Virginia in overtime. Centrebacks Chase Clack (Memphis, Tenn.) and Joe Pickering (East Sussex, England) have led the surge for the Blue and Gold as they have been solid in the month of September. On Monday, Clack was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for the shutouts against UNC and UNCA and for scoring his first collegiate goal against the Bulldogs.
Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.) has also been outstanding in the month of September as his save percentage is .929 and has a goals against average of 0.24. He has made 13 saves for an average of 3.25 per game. Sutherland is tied for first in the SoCon in shutouts (3) and shutouts per game (0.50).
On the offensive side, ETSU has seven different players that have scored a goal this season. Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.) leads the team with a pair of goals with both being game-winners over George Mason and Appalachian State. Woodfin is 18th nationally and tied for first in the Southern Conference in game-winning goals (2). He is also 36th nationally and tied for first in the SoCon in assists (3).
About the Wildcats
The Wildcats are 3-2-1 and are currently on a two-game losing streak with losses from SoCon rival Furman and Florida International. In their losing streak, they have only been able to net a single goal while allowing three. Kentucky started the season going 3-0-1 with wins over Marquette, Duquesne, and Louisville.
Looking to repeat, Kentucky was predicted to finish at the top of the Conference-USA poll. The Wildcats finished the 2015 season 12-5-2 and ultimately lost in the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament to FIU. Despite being upset in the tournament, Kentucky pulled an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and hosted Drake and resulted in a 2-1 loss.
The Bucs and Wildcats have met four times on the pitch and have split the series. ETSU took the most recent matchup at Summers-Taylor last year as the Blue and Gold upset No. 15 Kentucky 3-1. However, the Buccaneers have yet to win at The Bell as they lost 2-0 in 2014 and 3-1 in 2012 in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky had a trio of players selected to the 2016 C-USA Preseason All-Conference Team: Napo Matsoso, Stefan Stojkovic, and Jordan Wilson. Senior midfielder, Matsoso, was selected C-USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for his 2015 performance.
Reigning National Team of the Week member, Matsoso, leads UK in goals (2), assists (2), points (6), shots (12), and shots on goal (5). Noah Hutchins also has two goals this season and is second on the team in points (4). As a team, Kentucky takes 12.5 shots per game and averages 3.83 points per game.
Stuart Ford has started all six matches between the posts for Kentucky and has totaled a 0.64 goals against average for the third-best in the C-USA. He has totaled 18 saves with an average of three per game. Ford and his defense has also matched ETSU’s season total in shutouts with three.
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