Sayers leads the Lady Bucs into Rock Hill for a matchup with the Eagles
ROCK HILL, S.C. (September 16, 2011) – Eagle Field is the next stop for the ETSU women’s soccer team, as the Lady Bucs will travel to Rock Hill, S.C looking to extend their win streak to five games against the Winthrop Eagles on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“We’re very happy with the way we’ve been playing over the last few weeks,” said head coach Adam Sayers. “The teams that we’ve played have presented a series of different challenges in both their systems and styles of play and in each game we’ve been able to overcome those challenges. We went down a goal early against Wright State and responded well to that. We had a lead against Longwood and they equalized, but we responded, and we’ve been able to take the lead and hold onto it as we did against both Radford and Alabama A&M.”
The Lady Bucs’ (4-2-0) current four-game win streak has been propelled from plentiful goal scoring and exceptional defense. ETSU has outscored its opponents 15-2 over the last two weeks, with senior goalkeeper Caitlin Gaughan (Indianapolis, Ind.) leading the defensive stronghold. Over the last four games Gaughan has accumulated a goals against average of just 0.48, giving up only two goals against 17 saves, which includes a career-high nine-save effort in ETSU’s most recent, 2-1, victory over Wright State.
Offensively, freshman Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md.) is starting to catch the attention of those who have seen her play. Caudle has scored four goals in five games played to rank 45th nationally in goals per game at .800 per. The freshman also ranks second in the conference in four categories including goals per game, goals (4), points (6) and points per game (1.60). Caudle has scored in each of her last four games, including an 80th minute game-winner to lift the Lady Bucs, 1-0, over Radford back on August 28.
“Jenna Caudle has been excellent in leading the line as the high striker,” commented Sayers. “She has been very important in the buildup, she holds the ball up well and she brings other players into the game very well. Overall she has been very good in several aspects of play.”
On two of Caudle’s last three goals, sophomore Samantha Kron (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) has delivered the assist. Kron has been dangerous from the corner for ETSU, providing the corner kick last Friday against Wright State that Caudle buried to equalize the game just before halftime. On the game-winner against Radford, Kron again delivered from the corner, finding Caudle on the far post to send the Lady Bucs home victorious.
Senior Genna Petersen (Loveland, Ohio) has been another means to the Lady Bucs’ recent success, having scored three goals in her last three games. Petersen scored two of the Lady Bucs’ program-best 10 goals against Alabama A&M (Sept. 4), and put away the game-winner in the 62nd minute to complete the comeback against Wright State.
Winthrop (2-4-0) is led offensively by three different student-athletes who sit atop the goal-scoring chart. Courtney Durbin, Ariel Kunde and Krystyna Freda have scored two goals apiece for the Eagles this season, with Freda having scored both of her goals as part of a, 6-0, win over ETSU’s fellow Atlantic Sun competitor, USC Upstate.
With just three of their 11 goals coming in the first half, the Eagles have proven to be more of a second half team. Winthrop has also been outshot 51-36 through the first 45 minutes of play, only to come back in the second frame as shown by its 53-39 shot advantage through the second half this season.
The Lady Bucs lead the all-time series 3-0 over Winthrop, winning in both 2003 and 2004 before meeting again last year and pulling out a win in the second overtime.
“As always we expect a tough game,” said Sayers. “They’ve been good at home so far this season, but we’ve had a couple of very good performances away from home. We expect a hard-fought game, but we’re looking forward to it and I think it will be a good game.”
Live stats and live video of the game will be provided courtesy of winthropeagles.com
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