JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 6, 2004) - Rebecca Murray's (Franklin, Tenn.) goal early in the second half gave the Bucs the 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs on Monday night at Liberty Bell Field. East Tennessee State University is now 2-1 early in the season, while UNC Asheville stands at 3-3 overall.
Both teams came out ready to battle and the contest became physical early on as the 23 total fouls were accumulated in the game.
"Coach Michelle Cornish does a great job with UNCA," said ETSU head coach Heather Henson. "Both ETSU and UNCA get pumped for a game and when they face each other it is always a great game."
In the first half both teams had their opportunities but were held scoreless. Freshman midfielder Adrian Mobley (Framingham, Mass.) was one of several ETSU players who worked hard in front of the goal.
"Adrian's aggressiveness created a lot of havoc for us and it was good to see her step up," said Henson.
The second half brought about a change in favor of the Bucs with Murray scoring just three minutes and 30 seconds in. Erin Ferris (Columbus, Ohio) crossed the ball to the far right post where Erin Ashton (New Bern, N.C.) would pick it up. Ashton would then drop the ball to Murray, who stood at the 18-yard mark and would find the back of the net for the game winner.
"Tonight, we did a good job of utilizing our backs in the attack. We also maintained possession in the midfield which created our scoring opportunity and other chances," remarked Henson. "Rebecca did a fantastic job tonight she created high pressure situations, but remained composed on the ball which helps us to take advantage of the opportunities we are given."
UNCA managed 11 shots on the night, while ETSU made seven. Buccaneer goalkeeper Christine Parks (Annapolis, Md.) made seven saves in the win and improve to 2-1, while Michelle Mattos made two saves and drops to 3-3.
The Bucs will now travel to Atlanta, Ga. to participate in the Georgia State Tournament where they will face the Atlantic Sun's Georgia State on Sept. 10 at 7:00p.m. and Jacksonville State on Sept. 12 at 10:00a.m. This road trip marks the beginning of an extensive stretch of five road games before returning home to host Western Carolina on October 3 at 2:00 p.m.