Sophomore’s game-winning goal lifts Lady Bucs to first regular season title
MACON, Ga. (October 24, 2011) – With an 81st minute goal to carry the ETSU women’s soccer team to its first Atlantic Sun regular season championship in program history, sophomore Ramey Kerns (Kings Mountain, N.C.) has been named A-Sun Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
This is Kerns’ first weekly honor in the sophomore’s young collegiate career, as she joins teammates Genna Petersen (Loveland, Ohio) and Caitlin Gaughan (Indianapolis, Ind.) as the three Lady Buccaneer selections this year.
Kerns finished the week with three shots, one on goal, through 119 minutes of game action. Her one shot on goal was the biggest of the season for ETSU, as it broke a, 1-1, tie against Mercer and ultimately sparked the Lady Bucs to a share of the A-Sun title and a first round bye in the conference tournament.
After falling, 3-0, to FGCU last Sunday, the Lady Bucs entered this week with a 6-1-0 record in conference play and matchups scheduled against Kennesaw State and Mercer to finish out the regular season. Tying the Owls, 1-1, on Friday, ETSU needed to win against Mercer on Sunday to earn the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, automatically advance into the semifinals and potentially earn a share of the A-Sun regular season title. A loss or tie would put the Lady Bucs out of contention for the regular season crown, drop them to the No. 3 seed and force them to play in the A-Sun quarterfinals.
Entering the second half against Mercer, the Lady Bucs found themselves in a tie and needing a goal. At the same time, Florida Gulf Coast, the first place team in the A-Sun standings, had conceded its first goal of the conference season and trailed Belmont 1-0 at halftime in Nashville.
With less than 10 minutes to play in the second half, Kerns came down the middle of the field as freshman Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md.) brought the ball up the far-right side. Caudle fired a shot which was saved by Mercer’s Nikki Atkinson in goal, but the ball got away from the Bears’ goalkeeper and Kerns stepped up to collect the loose ball and blast in the game-winner.
When the game ended, Belmont still led FGCU, 1-0 in the 85th minute of play. As the Lady Bucs waited in suspense down on the field, it was soon announced that Belmont had defeated FGCU, 1-0, and the celebration ensued.
ETSU finished the regular season at 12-4-1 (7-1-1 A-Sun) to tie the team record for both most overall and most conference wins in a single season. The A-Sun co-regular season champions now await the winner of No. 3 Jacksonville and No. 6 Mercer in the A-Sun semifinals on Friday, November 4, in Ft. Myers Fla.
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