|September 30, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|WOF||1:15||Zach Aversano (Kevin Davidsson )|
|ETSU||7:20||Ben Holt (Danny Barlow )|
|ETSU||39:50||Nick Spielman (Bruno Andrade )|
|ETSU||49:44||Nick Spielman (Bruno Andrade )|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||WOF|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (5)||9 (6)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 25, 2017) – After opening Southern Conference play with a scoreless tie versus UNCG, the ETSU men’s soccer team (3-2-3, 0-0-1 SoCon) will travel to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on Wofford Sept. 30 at Snyder Field.
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Last Time Out
The Bucs opened conference play in a defensive deadlock, tying with UNCG 0-0. Junior goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland (Chester, U.K.) turned in the clean sheet with three saves. Sutherland and company also combated six UNCG corner kicks to maintain the shutout.
After a slow first half that only saw three shots, ETSU exploded with 11 attempts in the second half. Senior forward Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the team with four total shots, while freshman forward Danny Barlow (Newcastle, England) added three.
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Wofford is off to a slow start in 2017, as it comes into tomorrow with a 0-9 overall record. The Terriers suffered their first conference defeat at the hands of Mercer – last year’s conference tournament champion – by way of a 3-1 score.
Wofford has played six of its nine games on the road and have scheduled a couple of similar opponents to ETSU. Wofford fell in a 4-0 decision to Radford to open the season and would later lose to Liberty 3-1 on the road to close nonconference play. ETSU tied Radford 1-1 and defeated Liberty 1-0.
The Terriers began its men’s soccer program in 1975 and has recently seen its fair share of winning records, including five consecutive seasons dating back to 2012. Last season, Wofford compiled its second highest win total in program history, finishing 12-7.
Wofford is coached by 10-year head man Ralph Polson, who holds a 79-76-13 all-time record at the school. Polson led his team to two conference titles in his first seven seasons and is responsible for the second-most wins in program history.
Scouting the Terriers
Wofford has struggled a bit in the offensive department as the team has produced four goals through nine games so far. Wofford averages 9.2 shots per game while opponents are shooting a close 12.4 per contest.
Wofford’s four goals come by way of four different players. The catalysts of the Wofford offense are sophomore duo Sam Ross and Austin Tuggle. Each have one goal apiece and combine for 30 of the team’s 83 shots.
Senior defender Kevin Davidsson is Wofford’s go-to option on the backline, as he leads the team with 807 minutes on the year. From that position, he has one of the team’s two assists this season.
The Terriers have had three keepers see time manning the goal mouth with most of the minutes going to sophomore Matthew Reynolds. Reynolds has started seven of the nine games and has recorded 23 saves while allowing 18 goals.
ETSU and Wofford History
Tomorrow will mark the 11th all-time meeting between ETSU and Wofford, dating back to 2008. Polson has been on the sideline for every meeting in the series, while ETSU head coach Bo Oshoniyi will face the team for the eighth time.
ETSU leads the all-time series with a 5-3-2 record, including a 3-0-2 mark in Summers Taylor Stadium. The Bucs have also won three of the last four contests, with all three coming at home and one loss on the road.
Oshoniyi holds a 3-3-1 record against Wofford since taking the helm in 2014. Oshoniyi’s teams hold an undefeated 3-0-1 advantage at home, but all three road contests with the Terriers have eluded him.
Last season, the teams spilt the regular season. Wofford struck first with a 1-0 victory at Snyder Field in early October before ETSU would answer 11 days later with a 2-1 win in Johnson City.
In the 2-1 win, the Bucs had two goals courtesy of double-assists. Senior forward Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored one of the two goals and senior midfielder Jeffrey George (Safety Harbor, Fla.) assisted former Buc Joao Ramalho on the game winner.
In 2015, ETSU eliminated Wofford from the SoCon tournament with an offensive outburst, winning 5-0. This marked the two programs’ only tournament meeting.
ETSU Record Watch
Ekern has 22 career goals and is four goals away from tying the program career goal record held by David Geno (26). His last score against Radford broke a tie for second place with 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 (Chester, U.K.) 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 25 saves this season, Sutherland ranks second on the career saves list at 165, trailing Ryan Coulter who has 182.
Sutherland also needs eight shutouts and eight wins to tie the program career records held by Coulter in each category.
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