Bucs meet Sunday with the defending Big South regular season champions
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 27, 2011) – The ETSU women’s soccer team will head to Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium in Radford, Va. on Sunday to take on the defending Big South regular season champion Radford Highlanders at 7 p.m.
“We had a good training session this morning and got our recovery work in,” said head coach Adam Sayers. “We went over things from last night’s game that we can continue to improve upon. There were a lot of positives, and I feel that we were unlucky to come out on the wrong side.”
Going into Sunday, ETSU will be seeking its first victory of 2011 after suffering two highly contested one-goal defeats by the same score, 2-1, against Wofford and Tennessee Tech.
Junior Morgan Thomas (Maryville, Tenn.) and freshman Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md.) have led the offensive threat for the Bucs through their first two contests. Thomas scored midway through the second half against Wofford last Friday off an assist by Kim Elmore (Salem, Va.), while Caudle scored yesterday to equalize the game at 1-1 off an assist by Thomas.
In its two matches so far, ETSU has remained fairly even in shots, with its opponents holding a slight 23-21 edge. The Bucs will rely on the play of senior goalkeeper Caitlin Gaughan (Indianapolis, Ind.) and the rest of their defense, led by senior Jessica Hiltenbrand (Bartlett, Tenn.), to hold down the Highlanders’ scoring threats.
Radford enters Sunday’s contest with a record of 2-1-0 through the early going. On Friday, Radford outshot Francis Marion 19-1 as part of a, 2-0, victory, but could not score its first goal until the 87th minute. Freshman Chelsea Hayes added the second goal with 90 seconds remaining in the match to give the Highlanders the two-goal victory.
Headed by 16th year head coach Ben Sohrabi, Radford finished in a four-way tie for first place in the Big South last season, but were ousted in the first round of the conference tournament by seventh seeded Gardner Webb.
“We know we’ll be in for a tough game because Radford has some quick and technically gifted strikers,” said Sayers. “We’ll have to be alert defensively during the game while also being strong at the back in goal. We’ll rely on our attacking players to be decisive and aggressive and cause Radford some problems.”
Live Stats of Sunday’s match will be provided courtesy of ruhighlanders.com.
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