ETSU concludes regular season with Jacksonville and North Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2012) – Having already clinched its berth into the 2012 Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship, the ETSU women’s soccer team concludes conference play in Jacksonville, Fla., looking to improve its seeding and potentially walk away with a second regular season title.
ETSU (11-4-0, 5-2-0 A-Sun) will first face Jacksonville (6-6-3, 3-2-2 A-Sun) on Friday inside the Ashley Sports Complex at 7 p.m. The regular season finale takes place on Sunday against North Florida (6-8-2, 4-2-1 A-Sun) inside Hodges Stadium at 1 p.m.
Entering the final weekend, ETSU is currently seeded No. 4 in the A-Sun with 15 points. It sits just two points from first-place Mercer, and one point behind both Florida Gulf Coast and Kennesaw State. North Florida and Jacksonville are fifth and sixth in the standings with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The top six teams in the A-Sun standings have already secured the tournament’s six spots, but will look to use this weekend to improve upon or maintain their seed. The top two teams receive an automatic bye into the semifinals, while seeds No. 3 through No. 6 play in the quarterfinals next Saturday. Each quarterfinal will be played at the higher seed’s site, while the semifinals and final will all take place at the No. 1 seed’s location.
Looking to help ETSU’s cause this weekend will be two of the NCAA’s best in terms of goals and assists. Junior Ramey Kerns (Kings Mountain, N.C.) ranks among the nation’s top 10 in goals (15), goals per game (1.00), points (33) and points per game (2.20). Meanwhile, freshman Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) ranks inside the top 10 in assists (9) and assists per game (.60). Kerns’ 15 goals and 33 points are new ETSU single-season records, and Zadrazil is just one assist from tying former Buccaneer Katie Green for the most in a season. Green tallied 10 in 2007.
ETSU’s Last Outing
The Lady Bucs ended the home portion of the conference schedule last weekend, taking down Northern Kentucky, 2-1, on Friday and Lipscomb, 1-0, on Sunday.
Junior Samantha Kron (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) had a big weekend, beginning with the game’s first goal against NKU. Kron knocked in a free kick from well outside the 18-yard box to put the Lady Bucs up, but Megan Frye leveled the score. In the 27th minute, freshman Megan Wynne (St. Albans, England) netted her first collegiate goal, which proved to be the game-winner.
Kron added to her weekend on Sunday, scoring the game’s only goal in the win over Lipscomb. The score came in the 17th minute, as Kron drove home another free kick. This one was taken from just outside the top-right corner of the penalty area, and skipped under the leg of sophomore Ellis Parsons (Cardiff, Wales) and through the hands of keeper Erin Zerio. The win clinched ETSU’s spot in the A-Sun Tournament.
Scouting the Dolphins
Jacksonville had spent the majority of the year atop the A-Sun, but has combined for just one point in their last three games to fall down to sixth. Last weekend, the Dolphins fell at both Mercer and Kennesaw State. JU has not won since Oct. 5 when it scored three goals to defeat Stetson.
Marie Weckhurst leads the Dolphins in goal scoring. Weckhurst has netted four goals and tallied three assists to also lead the team with 11 points. Raquel Weckhurst and Emily Culbreth have each scored three goals. R. Weckhurst leads the team in assists with four.
Scouting the Ospreys
North Florida also came away empty against both Mercer and Kennesaw State last weekend, giving up four goals to the Owls and three to Mercer. Friday’s loss to KSU was the Ospreys’ first in league play this season after starting 4-0-1. The loss to Mercer subsequently dropped UNF to fifth place.
Thea Linkfield and Carolina Lencina share the team-lead in goals with five apiece. Linkfield has registered a team-leading four assists to head the Ospreys with 14 points. Other potential goal scorers include Lauren Hopfensperger, Michele Larrinaga and Kathryne Husted, who have each scored three times through 16 games.
ETSU trails the all-times series against both JU and UNF, but defeated both teams last year at Summers-Taylor Stadium. JU is 5-3-2 against the Lady Bucs since their first meeting in 2005, while UNF is 4-3-0 against ETSU all-time. ETSU is 1-2-0 when playing the Dolphins in Jacksonville, and have never defeated UNF on the road in three games.
Live stats will be available on Friday courtesy of JUDolphins.com. Sunday’s live stats will be provided by UNFOspreys.com. Free live video will be available for each game on ASun.TV.
- ETSU is already in the six-team field for the 2012 A-Sun Tournament Championship. It can earn the No. 1 seed with two wins and favorable results this weekend.
- Last year, ETSU defeated JU, 3-0, and UNF, 2-1, at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
- Ramey Kerns entered the week among the nation’s top 10 in goals, goals per game, points and points per game.
- Sarah Zadrazil ranks top 10 in the NCAA in both assists and assists per game.
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