JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 18, 2009) - On a cold emotional senior day the ETSU women's soccer team picked up a critical 1-0 Atlantic Sun Conference win over league leading Kennesaw State Sunday during the Bucs final home match of the 2009 season.
With the victory the Bucs improve to 5-10-0 overall with a 4-3 mark in A-Sun play, while the Owls fall to 8-6-0, with a 6-3 record in conference competition.
"Before the match Rob (KSU head coach) and I were talking about how anyone in our conference can beat anyone else on any given day," said head coach Heather Henson. "Today our whole team played hard and really didn't give anything to Kennesaw the entire match. As they pushed forward and tried to tie the match all our players were able to stick together and finish strong as one unit."
After both teams tried to find their offensive rhythm early in the first half, junior forward Terri Miller (Cape Coral, Fla.), quickly netted the matches' game-winner off a long pass from sophomore midfielder Genna Petersen (Loveland, Ohio), in the 18th minute.
Kennesaw State continued to pressure the Buc defense throughout the match, however great efforts from senior defenders Kia Kindell (Westerchester, Ohio), Kim Jones (Springfield, Va.) and sophomore defender Jessica Hiltenbrand (Barlett, Tenn.) denided any offensive breakaway for the Owls.
"KSU is one of the top teams in the league and I thought our back defenders, along with our backs, did an excellent job stopping any extra runs that might have came open in the second half," said Henson.
In addition to the great play by the ETSU defense, sophomore keeper Megan Masch (Virginia Beach, Va.), continued her colossal play in net with nine saves, for her fifth shutout of the season.
"Sometimes I don't think we see how great Megan is, because she makes so many difficult saves look easy," Henson said. "All season she has kept our team in matches and today was no different. Megan is the leader of our defense and today she showed this conference how dominate she can be against a quality opponent in Kennesaw State."
Offensively, Miller led the Bucs with four shots, while senior forward Jordan Monty (Mesquite, Texas), had three attempts.
Now sitting with 12 conference points ETSU continues to push for a spot in the A-Sun postseason tournament as it returns to action for a 7:00 p.m., contest this Friday at Florida Gulf Coast.
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