JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 18, 2013) - It is said that numbers never lie. However, they can certainly tell a story. Unleashing a program-record 46 shots, ETSU dominated play throughout its match with North Florida Friday night, but the Bucs were unable to find the go-ahead goal, being forced to settle for a 2-2 draw.
ETSU struck quickly, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the match's seventh minute with a goal by sophomore midfielder Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria), her seventh goal of the season.
UNF tied the match in the 16th minute, but the Buccaneers (6-7-2, 2-3-1) continued to control play, regaining a 2-1 advantage on a goal by freshman Molly Collinson (Cramlington, England) in the 28th minute.
"We started the game very strongly," ETSU head coach Adam Sayers said. "We imposed our game on them. Our passing was crisp and accurate. Our movement was sharp. The players made very intelligent decisions in possession."
Just before halftime, the Ospreys (4-9-3, 1-4-1) netted another equalizer--this time on a score by Alex Herman.
After outshooting UNF, 19-3, in the first 45 minutes of play, ETSU kept the pressure on the Ospreys, recording 27 shots in the second half and overtime.
Despite putting six shots on goal in the second and final overtime, the Bucs were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw, earning one point in the conference standings.
"We're obviously stunned that we haven't won," Sayers said. "Credit to North Florida. They are a good team, but we played so well and dominated the game—getting 46 shots—that we deserved more than a draw out of it."
ETSU entered the match in possession of seventh place in the Atlantic Sun standings. Only the top six teams advance to the league tournament.
The Bucs finished the match with a 46-12 shots advantage, including 23 shots on goal.
Ten ETSU players played the entire 110 minutes, including junior Ellis Parsons (Cardiff, Wales) and freshman Jenny Pöltl (Steinberg-Dorfl, Austria), who recorded 11 and 10 shots, respectively.
North Florida goalkeeper Megan Dorsey's 20 saves were the most saves made in a single game by any goalkeeper in the nation this season.
The Buccaneers will look to improve their conference standing when they host Jacksonville Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1:00 p.m.
"We have to perform on Sunday like we did today," Sayers said. "If we perform like we did today, then we will have a very good chance of getting the result."
Jacksonville entered the weekend sitting in second place in the A-Sun standings.