ETSU looking to continue success against USC Upstate
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Oct. 5, 2012) – The ETSU women’s soccer team hits the midway point of the conference season on Saturday, as it heads to County University Soccer Stadium for a matchup with USC Upstate at 7 p.m.
ETSU (8-4-0, 2-2-0 A-Sun) has split results in each of its first two weekends of Atlantic Sun play. The Lady Bucs got conference action underway two weeks ago at Summers-Taylor Stadium, defeating Stetson, 3-1, and falling to last year’s A-Sun Tournament champion FGCU, 2-1. Last weekend, ETSU began its season-long three-game road trip in Georgia, defeating Kennesaw State, 3-1, and falling to Mercer by the same score on Sunday.
Junior Ramey Kerns (Kings Mountain, N.C.) made Lady Buc history last weekend, netting her 13th goal of the year in the defeat of KSU. The score broke Erin Ashton’s ETSU record from 2002 for most goals in a single season. Kerns’ 29 points is also just one shy of Ashton’s single-season record set in 2005. Kerns entered this week one goal behind the national lead of 14, held by Georgetown’s Daphne Corboz and Central Arkansas’ Adriana Lucar.
Freshman Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) has been another constant threat to the opposition, totaling four goals and seven assists through ETSU’s first 12 games. Junior Samantha Kron (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) and sophomore Kristi Davis (Edmond, Okla.) have scored two goals apiece, with Kron adding four assists. Senior Morgan Thomas (Maryville, Tenn.) has also been part of ETSU’s prolific attack, notching one goal and registering three assists.
ETSU’s Last Outing
After nearly defeating the defending A-Sun Tournament champions, ETSU made its way to the Peach State to begin a three-game road swing against Kennesaw State and Mercer.
On Friday, Nicole Calder put the Owls up 14 minutes into the match with her first goal of the year. The KSU celebration was not long-lived, as Kerns drove in her record-breaking 13th goal of the year to equalize midway through the half. With 20 minutes remaining in regulation, the Lady Bucs took the lead off Jasmin Dutton’s (Kinmel Bay, Wales) first goal of her ETSU career, and sealed the victory 10 minutes later on Zadrazil’s fourth of the season.
Sunday’s matchup with Mercer was the first time the two sides met since the No. 6-seeded Bears eliminated No. 2-seeded ETSU from the A-Sun Tournament last year in Ft. Myers, Fla. It was the Bears who would get the better of this matchup as well, as Tess Patton put the home side ahead just 1:46 into the contest. Kron equalized with a strike off a free kick from the top of the box in the 31st minute, but Patricia-Anne Upson put Mercer back ahead before halftime, and Danielle Hesse added second-half insurance as Mercer walked away victorious, 3-1.
Scouting the Spartans
USC Upstate (2-11-0, 0-4-0 A-Sun) enters Saturday on a four-game losing streak, and is winless and goalless in conference play. The Spartans began the A-Sun season two weeks ago hosting FGCU and Stetson, and fell by the same score, 2-0, in each game. The Lady Bucs’ travel partner went down to Georgia last weekend as well, and walked away with two more defeats to Mercer and Kennesaw State by the same score, 3-0. USC Upstate’s two wins on the year each came in double-overtime, defeating VMI in the season opener, 1-0, and Presbyterian on Sept. 16, 1-0.
Through 13 games, USC Upstate has managed four goals from four different Spartans. Michelle Calmeyn, Tamaya Tompoe, Rebecca Sanzsole and Erika Kotterer are the four goals scorers, with Calmeyn having added an assist to lead the team in points with three. Upstate’s only other assist on the year came from Courney Reilly, who has played in five games.
In five all-time meetings, ETSU is a perfect 5-0-0 against USC Upstate. Saturday night’s meeting will be the third to come in Spartanburg, where ETSU narrowly escaped in 2010, 1-0, in overtime on a golden goal from Terri Miller. ETSU’s other win over the Spartans in South Carolina was also by just one goal, 2-1, in 2008.
Overall, the Lady Bucs have outscored USC Upstate 16-1 through their five meetings, with 13 of ETSU’s goals coming in Johnson City. Last year, ETSU took the result by a final of 4-0, with Kron and Davis each netting a goal.
- Live stats will be available through Stat Broadcast on ETSUBucs.com, with free live streaming video provided through ASun.TV. New for the 2012-13 season, all game streamed on ASun.TV will be provided free of charge.
- Ramey Kerns leads ETSU’s attack with 13 goals, and entered the week ranked T-3rd in the NCAA in goals, T-4th in goals per game (1.083), 5th in total points (29) and 6th in points per game (2.42). She is one point from tying Erin Ashton’s record for points in a season set in 2005.
- Sarah Zadrazil entered the week T-15th in the nation in assists per game (.58) and T-12th in total assists (7).
- ETSU is 5-0-0 against USC Upstate in five all-time meetings, and has outscored the Spartans 16-1 in the process. The results have been much closer in Spartanburg, where ETSU won, 2-1, in 2008 and, 1-0, in overtime in 2010.
- ETSU has scored 25 goals this year (2.083 goals per game), while USC Upstate has scored just four (0.31 goals per game) and given up 36 (2.77 goals per game).
- Kerns, Zadrazil, Samantha Kron and Kristi Davis are ETSU’s four multi-goal scorers this year. Morgan Thomas, Ellis Parsons, Jasmin Dutton and Andie Stone have each scored one.
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