|August 29, 2017||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|ETSU||17:27||Joe Pickering (Bruno Andrade )|
|UK||75:52||Stojkovic,Stefan (Elmedkhar, Kalil )|
|UK||106:27||Stojkovic,Stefan (Probert,Connor )|
|Stats at a Glance||UK||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (9)||10 (4)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 28, 2017) – Coming off a disappointing season-opening tie with Dayton, the ETSU men’s soccer team return to Johnson City Tuesday night to host Kentucky at 7 p.m. This will be the first regular season home contest for the Bucs.
In its season opening 1-1 tie, ETSU had 10 shots on goal, while Dayton only managed two thanks to a stingy defensive effort from the Bucs’ back line. Senior Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.) scored the team’s only goal in the 30th minute off a deep pass from junior Serge Gomis (Dakar, Senegal).
Dayton nailed the equalizer with six minutes to go in regulation after drawing a red card ten minutes prior, putting the Flyers a man down. The Bucs had a handful chances in double overtime, but could not score the walk off goal and would settle for the stalemate.
To read more about ETSU’s 2017 season outlook, click here.
Kentucky comes into Johnson City with a 1-0 record after defeating Marquette 1-0 in overtime. On their home turf in front of over 1,700 fans, the Wildcats saw senior Andrew McKelvey find the net with two minutes left in the first overtime for the win.
UK, who comes into 2017 with the 26th highest RPI in the NCAA, finished 11-4-3 last season. The Wildcats hosted its first ever NCAA tournament second round game while receiving its third straight NCAA tournament appearance in 2016. UK lost to Creighton 3-2 in the second round.
Kentucky plays its men’s soccer as a member of Conference USA, since the Southeastern Conference does not have men’s soccer. Fellow SEC school South Carolina is also a C-USA men’s soccer member.
The team is led by head coach Johan Cedergren, who is in his sixth season and led Kentucky to a top-16 seed last season for the first time in program history. He was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
ETSU and UK History
This will be the sixth straight contest between the two schools with both teams trading home field advantage each year since 2012. Kentucky leads the series 3-2.
Last year, Kentucky grinded out a 1-0 win in double overtime over the Bucs, as both defenses and goalkeepers put up strong performances. In similar fashion to UK's 2017 season opener, it was McKelvey who would doom ETSU with a goal in second overtime for the win.
Home field advantage is not taken lightly in this border rivalry, as the host school has won all five matchups, with ETSU picking up wins in 2013 and 2015 and UK taking the victories in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
In all five games, neither team has scored more than three goals. Likewise, neither team has won by more than two goals in a seemingly level rivalry. Kentucky leads the series by a combined score of 7-5.
Scouting the Wildcats
The Wildcats lost three of their top four point scorers from last season, but return sophomore forward Conner Probert who as a freshman scored three goals and three assists last season. UK has eight seniors, one of which is McKelvey.
The Wildcats also sport a lot of youth under its eight seniors, as 13 freshmen entered the 2017 roster.
Kentucky returned senior goalkeeper Stuart Ford, who had 44 saves and allowed just 16 goals in 19 games (0.80 GA Avg.) last season, but freshman Enrique Facusse got the nod to start the season opener between the pipes, as he earned the shutout against Marquette with six saves in 99 minutes of action.
Kentucky was picked to finish fourth by the Conference USA coaches in the 2017 preseason poll. UK had one selection on the preseason all-conference team, which was senior defender Alex Bumpus. Bumpus picked up the assist on the game winning goal against Marquette.
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