JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 2, 2008) - After spending almost a month on the road the ETSU women's soccer team resumes Atlantic Sun Conference action with a pair of weekend matches at Summers-Taylor Stadium. The Bucs host conference foe Lipscomb with a 1:30 p.m., contest on Friday, followed by 3:30 p.m., match against Belmont on Sunday.
The Bucs (3-5, 1-1 A-Sun) opened A-Sun action last weekend as they split their conference matches on the road in Jacksonville, Fla. ETSU opened play with an intense 2-1 overtime victory against Jacksonville last Friday, before dropping a 2-1 decision to North Florida, Sunday.
Individually, the Bucs are led by sophomore forward Rachel Van Horn (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), who posted three points during the two-game swing. The aggressive attacker found teammate Terri Miller (Cape Coral, Fla.), for an assist in the Bucs win against the Dolphins, then followed that performance up by scoring ETSU's lone goal against the Lady Ospreys.
Defensively, the Bucs are led by freshman goalkeeper Megan Masch (Virginia Beach, Va.), who stopped a career-high eight shots against Jacksonville and now has 44 saves on the year.
Lipscomb (2-7-1, 0-2 A-Sun) heads into the contest dropping its opening two A-Sun matches. The Bisons dropped a 1-0 decision to Campbell last Thursday, after losing to Belmont at home 3-2 in overtime on September 23rd. In both contests Lipscomb allowed game-winning goals with less then 10 minutes left in regulation. Sophomore forward Kate Spellman leads the Bisons attack with eight points, while reigning A-Sun "Defensive Player of the Year," goalkeeper Katie Shelton sits fifth in the conference making 5.82 saves per match.
Belmont (7-3, 2-0 A-Sun) sits atop the conference standings, winning three of its last four contests. After sweeping Lipscomb and Campbell last weekend the Bruins recently received votes in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Southeast regional poll. Much of Belmont's success can be attested to its outstanding defense. Freshman goalkeeper Lin Sari sits third among A-Sun keepers in goals allowed (1.17), save percentage (.820) and shutouts.
ETSU leads the all-time series against Lipscomb 4-0-0, while splitting against Belmont 4-4-0. Last season the Bucs defeated the Bisons 2-0, after dropping their decision to the Bruins 4-1.
Both matches will be on-demand on ASun.TV after the conference announced it to be the league's game of the week.
For more information on these contests and ETSU women's soccer visit www.ETSUBUCS.com or www.AtlanticSun.org.