|October 11, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|ETSU||40:19||Jeffrey George (Charlie Machell )|
|ETSU||61:37||Fletcher Ekern (Cameron Woodfin )|
|ETSU||64:22||Serge Gomis (Cameron Woodfin )|
|Stats at a Glance||VMI||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||1 (1)||18 (7)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2016) – The ETSU men’s soccer team will return home to face VMI on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Summers-Taylor Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m.
About the Bucs
The Buccaneer offense was able to find the back of the net in the last outing in Hurricane Matthew. The Bucs traveled to Greensboro, N.C. to square off against UNCG this past weekend and defeated the Spartans 4-3 in double overtime. The Bucs found themselves down twice and were able to overcome the deficit even after surrendering an own goal late in the game to force overtime.
Junior forward Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.) recorded the first-ever hat trick in ETSU history after netting two goals in regulation and the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute. The Knoxville native now leads the team in goals (4), shots (25) and shots on goal (10). Redshirt freshman Javier Alberto (Johnson City, Tenn.) scored the second goal for ETSU against UNCG, and it was his second goal of the year for the Bucs.
Even after allowing three goals in terrible weather conditions, ETSU continues to show defensive success. In the four SoCon games this year, the Bucs have allowed four goals this year – an average of one goal per game. ETSU has scored six goals in the SoCon for an average of 1.50 goals per game.
Defensively, the Bucs are still in the top of the conference in multiple categories including: tied for first in shutouts (5), tied for second in goals allowed (13) and third in goals against average (1.12) and saves (43).
The Keydets are under new supervision this year under first-year head coach Michael Bonelli. Bonelli came from St. Mary’s University where he led the Mustangs to two successful seasons in 2014 and 2015.
VMI is winless this season and have been out-scored by at least two goals in each match. The Keydets have played Furman, UNCG, Wofford and Mercer in the SoCon with their most recent result being a 2-0 loss to Mercer.
The Keydets have not picked up a result since 2014 – 43-straight matches. Their last win was against UNC-Asheville on the road in 2014 where they shutout the Bulldogs, 1-0.
ETSU leads the all-time series 6-0 including three wins at Summers-Taylor Stadium. The Keydets gave the Bucs a scare last year as the game went into double overtime in Johnson City, but ETSU netted the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute to claim the victory.
Scouting the Keydets
Robert Allen, the VMI goalkeeper, leads the SoCon in total saves with 47 and averages 6.71 per contest. Allen has also totaled the most saves in a single game in the conference with nine against Wofford and Buffalo. He has totaled 596:46 minutes between the bars and totes a .644 save percentage.
Junior midfielder Sam Moffatt leads the team in goals scored with two. Moffatt scored one goal at Wofford and one goal off a penalty kick versus Liberty earlier in the season. Alex Hartman leads the Keydets with a pair of assists and ten total shots.
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