JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 21, 2016) – For the first time in the head coach Bo Oshoniyi era, the ETSU men’s soccer team can reach ten wins on Saturday, which hasn’t been accomplished since 2013. The Bucs will welcome Furman to Summers-Taylor Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 22 with kickoff set for 7 p.m. in hopes to achieve their first ten-win season in three years.
About the Bucs
ETSU is currently on a season-long four game win streak. It is the longest winning streak since 2012 when the Bucs defeated UNCG, Presbyterian, UAB and Radford. The longest winning streak in program history was in 2010 when the Blue and Gold won five straight matches at the end of the season.
It is also the second time in program history where the Bucs have won four straight matches by scoring multiple goals in each game. The first time was in 2010 where they averaged 2.5 goals in the span, whereas the current streak is averaging 3.5 goals per match.
During the four-game span, the Bucs have had multiple goal scorers with junior forward Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.) leading the way. He netted seven goals including a goal in each win for the Bucs. ETSU had six other players score at least one goal in its four-game win streak, including a two-goal performance by freshman defender Joe Pickering (East Sussex, England) at VMI. Also leading the offense is junior midfielder Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.). He accumulated a season-high four points in the 5-1 win at VMI on Tuesday and moved ETSU’s streak to 8-0 overall and 6-0 at home when he is on the scoresheet. The Old Hickory, Tenn. native has also tallied an assist in three straight matches.
Senior forward Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil) has also gotten hot by recording three assists and a goal in the last two games. He is currently second in assists (5) and third in points (9) on the team.
Woodfin and Ekern are tied for third in the SoCon in points (14) and points per game (1.21). Ekern is second in overall goals scored (8) and goals per games (0.57) in the conference, and Woodfin is first with nine assists and 0.64 assists per game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.) continues to lead the SoCon in goals against average (1.03), save percentage (.762) and shutouts (6). He is third in total saves (48) and fourth in saves per game (3.43).
About the Paladins
The last time the Bucs and Paladins faced off, Furman was ranked in the Soccer America top-25. Then 25th-ranked Furman and ETSU ended in a scoreless, double overtime draw to open SoCon play and the Paladins out-shot the Bucs 14-11 with 5-4 on goal.
The last time ETSU and Furman played at Summers-Taylor Stadium, the Paladins took home the Southern Conference Tournament crown in a 1-0 victory. The Bucs look to avenge the championship loss nearly a year ago on Saturday.
The Paladins lead the all-time 5-2-3 and have defeated ETSU twice in the three previous home matches at Summers-Taylor Stadium. The last home win for the Bucs against the Paladins was in 2014 when Ramalho scored the game-winning goal in the 38th minute during the regular season.
After playing ETSU nearly a month ago, the Paladins have allowed on average 2.2 goals per game and scored two goals on average in the last four games.
Senior forward Lewis Hawke has been able to find the back of the net four times in the last two games and five times in the previous four matches. Furman has had four different goal scorers to net at least one goal in SoCon play this year: Marco Ortiz, Emery May, Evan De Ycaza and Hawke.
The Paladins have multiple assist threats on the team with Josiah Baker leading the way with three. Furman has five other players that have two assists on the year including Hawke. De Ycaza and Baker are second on the team in goals (3) with De Ycaza taking the second-most shots on the team (21), an average of 1.5 per game.
Junior goalkeeper Jonathan Smith has manned the goal for most of the season with 13 starts on the year. He sports a 1.33 goals against average with a .735 save percentage, but he is second in the SoCon in total saves (50) and saves per game (3.85). Max Fisher started and won his first collegiate game at home in a 3-2 win over VMI last Saturday in Greenville, S.C.
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