|October 15, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|ETSU||40:40||Fletcher Ekern (Joao Ramalho , Cameron Woodfin)|
|ETSU||65:02||Joao Ramalho (Charlie Machell , Jeffrey George)|
|Stats at a Glance||WOF||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||17 (8)||12 (6)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 14, 2016) – The ETSU men’s soccer team lost at Wofford earlier this year but looks to seek revenge against the Terriers and preserve its perfect 5-0 home record at Summers-Taylor Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.
About the Bucs
The Buccaneer’s offense has officially caught fire. They have scored nine goals in the last four games and have done it by spreading the offense. Junior forward Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.) netted four goals in the span including the first-ever hat trick in program history. He is also currently on a two-game goal scoring streak after netting a goal in the 62nd versus VMI on Saturday. In the four-game stretch, Jeffrey George (Safety Harbor, Fla.), Serge Gomis (Dakar, Senegal), Javier Alberto (Johnson City, Tenn.), and Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.) all netted at least one goal.
Woodfin has tallied a goal or an assist in all five home games this season. He also tallied an assist in four straight home games this year. Every match Woodfin is on the scoresheet, the Bucs are 6-0. The junior midfielder is first on the team in assists (6), first in game-winning goals (3), first in points (12) and second in goals (3). Woodfin is 11th in the nation in total assists, 14th in assists per game (0.50) and 14th in game-winning goals.
Even with the offense firing, the defense is still the backbone for the Blue and Gold. With a 3-0 shutout over VMI, the Bucs have totaled six shutouts this season including three in SoCon play. The Buccaneer defense and sophomore goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.) have pitched a 1.03 goals against average – which is the highest in the SoCon - in 12 games this year. Sutherland also leads the conference in save percentage (.750) and shutouts. He is third in total saves with 39 – an average of 3.25 per match. The Chester, U.K. native is 37th in nation in minutes played (1146:45) and 66th in goals against average.
About the Terriers
Wofford is currently in third place in the conference with an 8-4 overall and 3-2 conference record. The Terriers are 1-1 in conference road games this year. They are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss at UNCG where Matthew Aurednik scored his sixth goal of the season.
Earlier this year, Wofford defeated ETSU 1-0 in Spartanburg, S.C., but the Bucs had multiple chances to get on the score sheet. They even out-shot the Terriers 13-12 with 5-4 on goal. Mitchell Cecatiello (Pascagoula, Miss.) took three shots with all three on goal, and Ben Holt (Knoxville, Tenn.) nearly found the net after drilling a shot shoeless that hit the left post.
Even with the loss earlier this year, ETSU leads the all-time series 4-3-2 against Wofford and are 2-0-2 on its home turf. The most recent match at Summers-Taylor Stadium was last year in the SoCon Tournament Quarterfinals when the Blue and Gold downed the Terriers 5-0.
Johnson City native Lucas Altman was most recently named SoCon Player of the Week as he scored three goals including two game-winners and a pair of goals at Furman in the final eight minutes of the match.
The Terriers have 12 players that have scored at least one goal this season and are led by Aurednik who has five goals in 730 minutes played. Kyle Nelson and Altman are second on the squad with three goals, and Connor Donohue is first on the team in assists (4).
Senior goalkeeper Joe Wichmann continues to get the start for the Terriers in goal. He is 4-2 this season and has allowed eight goals and made 22 saves while facing 61 shots.
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