|October 08, 2016||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|UNCG||7:32||Rouven Wahlfeldt (Damieon Thomas )|
|UNCG||76:16||Leeroy Maguraushe (Jesper Larsson )|
|ETSU||101:01||Fletcher Ekern (Mitchell Cecatiello )|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||UNCG|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (7)||17 (10)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 7, 2016) – The ETSU men’s soccer team looks to extend its unbeaten streak on Saturday, Oct. 8 against the Spartans at UNCG Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE BUCS
Defense…defense…defense. It has been a recurring theme for the Bucs this season, and defense has been keeping them in their matches this year. ETSU has allowed just two goals in its last six matches, an average of 0.33 goals against average. The continued backbone for the defense is sophomore goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.).
Sutherland, a Chester, U.K. native, was named SoCon Player of the Month for September where he led the Bucs to a 3-2-1 record while recording four shutouts in the process including then No. 1 North Carolina, then No. 25 Furman, Appalachian State and UNC-Asheville. In conference games this season, Sutherland has tallied a 0.31 goals against average with 11 saves and a .917 save percentage in the three games this year.
The Bucs have struggled in the first half offensively as they have been out-shot 66-44 in ten matches this season; however, ETSU comes out of halftime firing. The Bucs are dominating the opposition as they are out-shooting their foes 68-50, and ETSU has broken through the scoring slump by tallying two goals in the previous three games in conference play.
ABOUT THE SPARTANS
UNCG is 6-3-2 overall and 2-1 in the SoCon with victories over VMI and Furman. The Spartans are 3-1-1 on their home turf with all three wins being 1-0 results. UNCG started its season red-hot going 4-1-2 with wins over Coastal Carolina, Campbell, Presbyterian and Jacksonville. UNCG has faced West Virginia, who was No. 24 at the time, and the Mountaineers snuck out a 1-0 win in Greensboro, N.C.
The Bucs are undefeated against the Spartans in the last three matches including the upset win in penalty kicks in the SoCon Tournament last season. In all-time matches, UNCG holds the 4-2-3 advantage and 2-1-1 lead on its home turf. However, the Bucs have taken the Spartans to overtime in six of the nine matches including three overtime games in Greensboro, N.C.
The Spartans take the most shots per game in the SoCon at 15.64. They are second in the SoCon in goals scored (18) and goals scored per game (1.64). UNCG’s defense is also a bright spot as they have limited opponents to 0.93 goals against average and pitched five shutouts.
Preseason All-SoCon goalkeeper, Jon Milligan, has only played one match between the posts. Red-shirt senior, Logan Rohde, has started in ten matches and owns a 0.83 goals against average and a .735 save percentage. The Cary, N.C. native has yet to play a match against the Blue and Gold in his career.
Offensively, Damieon Thomas will be the one to watch. He leads the SoCon in shots (30), shots per game (2.73), points (15), points per game (1.36), goals (6) and goals per game (0.55). Leeroy Maguraushe has started all 11 matches and tallied four assists including three straight games with an assist against Presbyterian, Campbell and Coastal Carolina. Five other Spartans have four points including three players with a pair of goals on the season.
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