Lady Bucs score five goals in each half to set program record
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 4, 2011) – The Lady Bucs put on a remarkable performance on Sunday afternoon inside Summers-Taylor Stadium, defeating the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, 10-0, for their third consecutive victory.
The 10 goals set an ETSU women’s soccer program record for goals in a game, as the Lady Bucs beat their previous high of nine which they achieved on both October 11, 2002 and October 3, 2000. In each of those games, ETSU beat South Carolina State, 9-0.
“We’re very happy with several aspects of the performance today,” said head coach Adam Sayers. “Alabama A&M presented a new kind of test in terms of their style of play and system of play. With Friday’s game going into double-overtime, we had some exhaustion from some of our players so it was good to see some of the other players come in and perform well and contribute to us getting the result we wanted.”
ETSU (3-2-0) was led by the performance of sophomore Molly Vaughn (Nashville, Tenn.) who recorded her first collegiate hat-trick, scoring once in the first half and twice in the second. Senior Genna Petersen (Loveland, Ohio) and sophomore Kayla White (Virginia Beach, Va.) each added two goals of their own, combining for three assists, while senior goalkeeper Caitlin Gaughan earned her second shutout to bring the Lady Bucs above .500 for the first time this season.
“I think our team played really well today,” said Vaughn. “It was my first hat-trick at ETSU and without my teammates I wouldn’t have gotten it. They gave me a lot of great balls and I hope this carries on to the next game.”
In what was a one-sided contest throughout, the Lady Bucs outshot the Bulldogs 33-1, getting 21 shots, 64 percent, on goal.
After the a fairly subdued opening eight minutes, ETSU reeled off seven shots over the next eight minutes when Tori Head (Kingsport, Tenn.) had her attempt blocked by the hand of a Bulldog defender in the box. The Lady Bucs were awarded a penalty kick that Lucy Goffe (Birmingham, England) easily stroked into the right side to pull ETSU ahead.
A minute later Taylor Maxson (Lewisville, Texas) bolted past the Bulldog defense to collect a through ball from Head and found herself one-on-one with Alabama A&M’s goalkeeper Linda Aboagye. With a quick strike, Maxson scored her first goal of the season and put ETSU ahead, 2-0.
The rout ensued.
Petersen scored two goals, including her first of the year, and added an assist over the half’s final 28 minutes, while Vaughn scored her first goal of the season in the 44th minute to put ETSU ahead, 5-0, heading into the break. The Lady Bucs’ defense did not allow a single shot through the opening 45 minutes.
The second half played much like the first, except this time it took only 36 seconds for ETSU to record a goal as Vaughn notched her second of the contest. Maxson collected the ball at midfield and found Ramey Kerns (Kings Mountain, N.C.) sprinting down the right side. With no hesitation Kerns sent in a cross that Vaughn one-timed in and the Lady Bucs led, 6-0.
Following Kerns’ and White’s first goals of the year, Vaughn buried her third goal of the match to record her first collegiate hat-trick. After White brought the ball deep into the right corner, she slipped her defender and sent in a short cross that Vaughn connected with in the left side of the net.
White added her second goal of the contest in the 86th minute, and ETSU walked away with the, 10-0, shutout.
When it was all over, six different Lady Bucs scored on the afternoon with Vaughn, White, Petersen, Maxson, Kerns and Lucy Goffe all registering their first goal of 2011.
The ETSU women’s soccer team will carry their three-game winning streak into Friday, when they travel to Oxford, Ohio for the Miami (OH) Tournament and take on Wright State at 1:30 p.m.
The ETSU athletic department encourages fans to come out to the next ETSU home game and participate in the Wendy’s Win promotion. With today’s win, fans in attendance received a coupon for free food at Wendy’s, and the same will happen for every ETSU home win.
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