ETSU defeats Francis Marion 4-1, in exhibition opener
Senior, Meredith Goldman
Senior, Meredith Goldman

Friday, August 15, 2008

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 14, 2008) - After seven days of preseason camp, the ETSU women's soccer team opened up its exhibition season by defeating Francis Marion, 4-1, Friday night, at Summers-Taylor Stadium.

 

After an early FMU foul, the Bucs opened the scoring, as junior defender Kim Jones (Springfield, Va.) deflected a Kelly Brinkman (Clearwater, Fla.) free kick, with less then six minutes off the clock. ETSU kept the offensive pressure on the Patriots throughout the first half, as senior forward Ashley Craig (Lakeland, Fla.) found the back of the net for the Bucs second goal. Craig, coming from the opposite side of the field, knocked in the loss ball, after senior defender Meredith Goldman (Knoxville) crossed a pass inside the Patriots box in the 24th minute.

 

After threatening with three shots in the first minute of the second half, the Bucs again found the back of the net, as sophomore forward Rachel Van Horn  (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) drove home her first goal of the night, after an outstanding pass by junior Jordan Monty (Mesquite, Texas).

 

FMU, who averaged more then 2.5 goals per match last season, finally found the back of the net in the 87th minute, after a long pass by Caitlyn Margusity setup Angela Salem for the Patriots lone goal. However, ETSU would respond less than 20 seconds later, as Goldman would fire a shot off of FMU keeper Casey Durham, which was rebounded by Van Horn for her second goal.

 

"Offensively, I thought we did a good job pressuring and executing our sets," head coach Heather Henson said. "It was good to see how Rachel (Van Horn) responded tonight. She did a better job locating the ball in the air and finishing her shots around the goal. That's something we are looking for this year in her and tonight was a good start."

 

ETSU fired 14 shots, with eight on goal, in the match. Defensively, freshman keeper Megan Masch led the Bucs with four saves, in 68 minutes of play.

  

 "Overall, I thought we had a decent showing tonight," said Henson.  "I thought we played with good effort, but as in most early preseason games I think we learned some things tonight that's only going to help us down the road."

 

The Bucs will return to action with their second exhibition match next Friday night, as ETSU travels to Winthrop for a 7 p.m., start.

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