JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (August 29, 2004) - Despite the unfavorable elements, 158 fans came out to support the East Tennessee State University women's soccer team in their first regular season home game against the Winthrop Eagles at Liberty Bell Field on Sunday afternoon. The Bucs won the game by a score of 3-0 and earned their first shut out of the season.
The first half was scoreless despite the Bucs eight shots on goal, while the Bucs held the Eagles to only three in the first half.
"In the first half we battled through the elements and first game jitters, but as the game went on we gained composure and got back to our system," said head coach Heather Henson.
Junior Erin Ashton (New Bern, N.C.) would put the first tally on the scoreboard as she beat the Winthrop defender and get her shot in on the left back post 5:10 into the second half. Ashton's game-winning goal was unassisted.
The teams battled in the field for possession, but ETSU was able to put pressure on Winthrop in the middle and attacking thirds to add two more goals. Freshman Katie O'Bryan (Hampton, Va.) would score the first of those goals just prior to the 79th minute of play. O'Bryan's first goal of the season and as a Buc, was assisted by Alexandra Schwark (Strongsville, Ohio), who crossed the ball to her in front of the left side of goal, O'Bryan then made the shot for the goal.
Just under five minutes later, at 83:02 into the game, the final goal by Catherine Olsen (Thurmont, Md.) would score from a pass by Ashton in the center of the park.
Christine Parks (Annapolis, Md.) (1-0-0) made her first appearance in goal for the Bucs, posting two saves and earning the win in the shut out, while Vanessa Kreider (0-1-0) made five saves and was dealt the loss for the Eagles.
"Chrissy was aggressive off her line, and that is what we like to see in our goalkeepers," said Henson.
The Bucs recorded 16 total shots and held the Eagles to only five shots in the game.
Henson commented, "Overall we did a good job defensively holding Winthrop's shots on goals down, and several of our players were given good regular season minutes to prepare for future games."
The Bucs continue regular season action as they travel to Cookeville, Tenn. to face Tennessee Tech. this Friday, Sept. 3 at 3:00 p.m. before returning home to host UNC Asheville on Monday, Sept. 6 at 7:00 p.m.