|September 20, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|MASON||87:07||MINGACHOS, Ryan (KEMMERER, Conlan )|
|MASON||89:59||DIRKS, Henning (MINGACHOS, Ryan )|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||MASON|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (3)||8 (4)|
FAIRFAX, Va. (Sept. 19, 2017) – ETSU men’s soccer hopes to end its two-game road swing on a high note, as the team prepares to face George Mason Sept. 20 in Fairfax, Va. to close nonconference play.
For Live Stats: click here
For Live Video: click here
For Game Notes: click here
Last Time Out
The Bucs opened up the five-day trip Saturday by handing Liberty its first shutout of the season, earning the 1-0 victory. ETSU’s senior forward Richmond Taylor (Hendersonville, Tenn.) was the hero, as he nailed the only goal off an assist from sophomore Bruno Andrade (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Taylor’s first half score was the first goal of his career at ETSU.
The win over Liberty also marked the first game this season that did not require extra time for the Bucs, as the previous five contests all went to at least two minutes of overtime.
Junior goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.) earned the clean sheet by picking up four saves, giving the 2016 SoCon Goalkeeper of the Year his second shutout this season.
About George Mason
The Patriots are in the last match of a three-game home stand and currently hold a 3-2-1 record. George Mason’s signature win so far came in its season opener, as it took down No. 19 Coastal Carolina 2-1.
George Mason has already surpassed last season’s win total, as it limped to a 2-12-2 overall record and had a 0-7-1 showing in A-10 conference play. Despite this, the Patriots have seen recent success with their last A-10 championship and NCAA tournament appearance coming in 2013.
The men’s soccer program at GMU began in 1968 and has appeared in 10 NCAA tournaments with six wins.
The team is led by head coach Greg Andrulis, who is in his 13th season with the Patriots. Andrulis has led the program to three NCAA appearances and has 25 years of head coaching experience, compiling a 240-157-62 career record and earning 106 wins at GMU.
Scouting the Patriots
Much like Liberty, it appears George Mason is an offensive-minded team as it has the ninth best scoring offense in NCAA D1 with 2.33. Furthermore, the Patriots rank 15th nationally with 14 total goals and 16th with 6.33 points per game.
Senior forward Henning Dirks is the nucleus of the Green and Gold offense, as he is among the national leaders in points with four goals and five assists. Dirks also mixes quality with quantity, as he’s an even .500 for shots on goal, shooting 8-for-16.
Sophomore midfielder Ryan Mingachos is the team’s clutch performer, as he brings two game-winning goals into tomorrow’s contest. His four season goals come on just eight total shots for a shooting percentage of .500.
Attempting to stop the Buccaneer offense will be freshman goalkeeper Corey Chambers, who has 30 saves on the season and a .714 goal season. Chambers has allowed 12 goals for a 1.90 goals against average to open his freshman campaign.
ETSU and George Mason History
The two programs have only met one time, with the Bucs earning a 4-2 victory in the inaugural match last season. Despite a near-three hour lightning delay in Johnson City, the Bucs scored four goals en route to their first win of the 2016 season.
The Bucs fell behind within 15 minutes of the opening whistle, but would tie the game 14 minutes later on a goal set up by current ETSU forward Luke Parker (Memphis, Tenn.). Local product and another current Buc forward Javier Alberto (Johnson City, Tenn.) hit the go-ahead goal in the 37th minute to give the Bucs a 2-1 halftime lead.
After GMU scored the equalizer midway through the second half, the Bucs regained the lead courtesy of a goal by then-junior forward Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.), who is now one of six seniors on the squad. The 4-2 win was capped by a penalty kick from former Buc Cameron Schneider in the 81st minute.
ETSU Record Watch
Senior forward Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.) is four goals away from tying the program career goal record held by David Geno (26). Last Wednesday’s goal vs. Radford broke a tie for second place with former teammate Joao Ramalho at 21.
Ekern also ranks fifth all-time for career game-winning goals and needs seven to tie Geno, the current record holder with 11.
After a breakout 2016 season that saw a NCAA-high and ETSU single-season record 12 assists, senior Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.) is second on the all-time career list at ETSU with 17 total assists. Woodfin needs four more assists to break the program record held by Geno (20).
Sutherland is in line to become one of the greatest keepers in ETSU history, as he came into the season with the career record for highest save percentage at .766. With 21 saves this season, Sutherland ranks second on the career saves list at 161, trailing Ryan Coulter who has 182.
Sutherland also needs nine shutouts and eight wins to tie the program career records held by Coulter in each category.
For More ETSU Men’s Soccer Coverage
ETSU fans wanting to receive Buccaneer news, score updates, in-game promotions and much more sent to their mobile device can do so by signing up for “Buc Updates.” Click here to sign up today!
For more information on Buccaneer men’s soccer visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s soccer page. Also, like us on Facebook at ETSU Men’s Soccer and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at the handle @ETSUMSoccer.