JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 15, 2009) - Sitting one spot ahead of Atlantic Sun Conference rival Mercer, the ETSU women's soccer team host the Bears in critical 1:30 p.m., league contest Friday at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
The Buccaneers (4-10-0, 3-3-0 A-Sun) enter the match with nine conference points, after dominating USC Upstate 5-0, Monday afternoon. In the match against the Spartans senior forward Jordan Monty (Mesqute, Texas), opened the Bucs three-match homestand with a goal and two assists. Overall, the Buc captain's five points on the day, sits as the second highest among A-Sun players this season for one match.
Defensively, sophomore keeper Megan Masch (Virginia Beach, Va.), posted her season's third shutout against Upstate with five saves. Overall, the second-year starter leads all conference keepers with 99 stops, while sitting second in the A-Sun with a .825 save percentage.
Mercer (5-6-3, 2-4-1 A-Sun) enters the match with seven conference points. The Bears - who were picked second in the A-Sun Preseason Poll - had its best offensive performance of the season with a 6-1 win over Lipscomb, Sunday.
Defensive has been the key to Mercer's success as the Bears rank third in the A-Sun in goals allowed (15) and goals against average (1.04).
Individually, sophomore forward Olivia Tucker leads the Bear attack with 12 points (6 goals). The second-year all-conference player had her first multi-goal match against the Lady Bisons with three scores on the day.
Mercer leads the all-time series with ETSU 2-1-1. In their last meeting the 2008 A-Sun Regular Season champs defeated the Bucs 1-0 as Tucker headed home the game winner in the 80th minute.
Live stats will be available at the start of the match. To access the update scoring fans can click on the link above. Also attached above are the Atlantic Sun Conference weekly soccer notes.
For more information on the ETSU women's soccer team please visit www.ETSUBucs.com. Also you can follow daily post and updates on the official ETSU women's soccer team Twitter page at www.twitter.com/ETSUSoccer.