JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2004) - The East Tennessee State University women's soccer team returned to Liberty Bell Field on Sunday afternoon to play host to the Chattanooga Mocs. The Buccaneers would take their first conference win in a 2-0 shut out over the Mocs. ETSU's record improves to 4-4-3 overall, 1-1-3 in the SoCon with the win, while UTC, who currently leads the conference standings, falls to 8-3-0, 4-2-0 with the loss.
"This win shows not only the strength of our team, but that of the conference," said Head Coach Heather Henson. "On any given day a team in the SoCon can stand out. UTC tried to put us on our heels, but our ladies got in front of their shots and executed our game plan."
Competition was fierce as the two teams stepped out onto the field. The Bucs, who were looking for their first conference win of the season entering the game, scored first late in the first half.
Emily Fulcher (New Bern, N.C.) would score her third goal of the season at 39:20. Catherine Olsen (Thurmont, Md.) brought the ball up the middle and passed it to Fulcher, who was waiting on the right side to score. The final score for the first half would stand at 1-0 in the Bucs favor.
In the second half of play, ETSU would add an insurance goal from senior Jennifer Fields (Mount Airy, Md.). Field's first goal of the season would come at 1:53 into the half. Blair Degraw (Greensboro, N.C.) would take a free kick, which would be put in the net off of a header by Fields.
Coach Henson commented, "Jennifer's timing is impeccable on restarts and that is what helped her earn that goal."
The Buccaneer offense was extremely potent even though they were held to only four shots, while the Mocs recorded 23 shots.
In goal for the Bucs was Sarah Prendergast (Palm Bay, Fla.), who would make nine saves in the game and earn her first shutout victory. With the win Prendergast improves to 1-1-1.
"In these past two games Sarah has really stepped up and been aggressive in goal for us," stated Henson. "I'm extremely proud of how she is playing."
Stacey Matthiessen and Emily Cornett split time in goal for the Mocs. Matthiessen (8-3-0) made the Mocs' lone save in the game and was dealt the loss.
Women's soccer action continues as the Bucs look for another conference win when they travel to face Wofford this Thursday Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m.