JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 13, 2009) - In its first preseason exhibition match of the season the ETSU women's soccer team got off on the right foot blowing away King College 5-0, Thursday at Summers-Taylor Stadium in Johnson City.
"After seven days of preseason it's always good to play another team," said head coach Heather Henson. "Overall, today was good because it allowed us to see what we need to improve on and gave our players a chance to adjust to changes throughout a live match."
After a slow opening 20 minutes of play ETSU opened the scoring first as freshman forward Morgan Thomas (Maryville, Tenn.) dribbled around two Lady Tornadoes defenders dropping off a beautiful touch pass to junior forward Terri Miller (Cape Coral, Fla.), who blasted home the only goal in the opening half.
As second half play opened the Bucs offense would find its rhythm quickly, as Miller fired a pass through the King defense, where freshman forward Tori Head (Kingsport, Tenn.) took control of the ball and fired home her first career goal around the driving King keeper Abbey Kitts.
Four minutes later Miller and Head would hook up again as the Buc newcomer cleared a pass through the back third of the King defense, where Miller would drive home her second goal of the match, giving ETSU a 3-0 lead.
"It was good to see how some of our matchups turned out today," said Henson. "Terri (Miller) and Tori (Head) played well together and this was one of the things today as a coaching staff that we wanted to see."
Just when King thought they had seen the last of Miller, the ETSU offensive threat struck again, this time in the 59th minute, as junior Alex Meehan (Knoxville, Tenn.) crossed a perfectly placed pass to the Cape Coral, Fla., native, where the Buc junior would head home her third goal of the match.
After a commanding 4-0 lead, ETSU wouldn't let up as the ETSU freshman Charlotte Summerall (St. Augustine, Fla.) dumped off a light pass around one King defender to junior midfielder Morgan Jutras (Colleyville, Texas), who closed out the scoring with her first goal of the preseason in the 80th minute.
"Ultimately today we had about 20 minutes when we really got after it and knocked the ball around like we needed to," said Henson. "Again it's a 90 minute match and we had 20 good, solid minutes playing at the level and speed we need to be at."
With the win the Bucs will now have a quick turnaround as ETSU host its second and final preseason match of the season with a 2:00 p.m., contest Sunday against Wintrhop.
"These exhibition matches are important and I'm glad that we have one more before the season starts," said Henson. "I think today we took some concepts from training into the match, but we need to put it together the entire time when we are on the field and Sunday gives us another opportunity to get better and improve as we move forward."
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