ETSU begins conference play on Friday night
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 22, 2011) –The ETSU women’s soccer team will play host to a pair of games this weekend, starting the conference schedule on Friday at 7 p.m. against USC Upstate, before playing its final non-conference game of the year on Sunday against UNC Asheville at 1 p.m.
In its most recent contest, ETSU traveled to Eagle Field to play Winthrop. The Lady Bucs and Eagles played even through 90 minutes, but just as ETSU did to Longwood a couple of weeks ago, so too would Winthrop do to ETSU. The Eagles scored with less than two minutes to go in the second overtime to win, 2-1, and end the Lady Bucs’ four-game winning streak.
However, ETSU still has a couple more streaks they will look to extend.
Having scored in the Winthrop game, the Lady Bucs prevented being shutout as they have now done through all seven games this season. The only team to be shutout at the end of a Lady Bucs’ game has been the opposition, as senior goalkeeper Caitlin Gaughan (Indianapolis, Ind.) has recorded two shutouts in goal. Gaughan yields a goals against average of 1.08, the third best in the conference, and has allowed the second fewest goals in the A-Sun, allowing eight through seven games.
On an individual level, freshman Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md.) has a streak of her own intact. The team’s leading goal scorer registered the 33rd minute goal for ETSU against Winthrop, and extended her goal-scoring streak to five-consecutive games. Caudle began her band of goals back on August 26 against Tennessee Tech, and has scored in every game appearance since then (Radford, Longwood, Wright State and Winthrop) – did not play against Alabama A&M.
A constant threat to score, the Lady Bucs lead the A-Sun in five separate offensive categories. ETSU has scored a conference-leading 18 goals, tied with Kennesaw State, while also leading the A-Sun in goals per game (2.57), assists (16), assists per game (2.29) and points (52).
Another big part to ETSU’s success on the attack has been from senior Genna Petersen (Loveland, Ohio). Petersen has scored three times, including the game-winning goal against Wright State in the RedHawk Shootout, as ETSU completed the comeback to win, 2-1 (Sep. 9).
USC Upstate (1-7-1) has struggled to find the win column this season, and has yet to do so when playing on the road. The Spartans are 0-6-0 when traveling to the other team’s venue, with their only win on the season coming at home in a, 6-0, win over Alabama St.
The Spartans leading goal-scorer is Michelle Calmeyn, who has netted three goals off a team-leading 19 shots in Upstate’s nine games. All three of Calmeyn’s goals came in the victory over Alabama St.
ETSU has never lost to USC Upstate, leading the all-time series 4-0. In the last meeting amongst the two squads on October 24, 2010, ETSU scored in the second minute of overtime to win, 1-0.
UNC Asheville (1-7-0) defeated South Carolina State this past Sunday to record its first victory of the season. The Bulldog’s have been shutout four times this year (Eastern Kentucky, Wofford, Western Carolina, Appalachian State), but scored five times against South Carolina State in the victory.
As a result of its past weekend, Asheville’s Amanda Knapp was awarded Big South Women’s Soccer Player of the Week. Knapp scored her first goal of the year earlier in the week against Georgia State, and found the back of the net twice and tallied two assists against South Carolina State to finish off the sophomore’s eight point week.
Asheville leads the all-time series 8-5-0 over ETSU, but the Lady Bucs won the most recent meeting between the two squads, defeating the Bulldogs, 4-1, in last year’s season opener at Asheville.
Live stats and live video will be available for both games this weekend. The live video will be provided courtesy of ASun.TV.
Fans are encouraged to come out to Summers-Taylor Stadium on Sunday as part of a men’s and women’s soccer buy one get one free doubleheader. Adults who purchase a ticket for the doubleheader will receive one free ticket for their child. The Lady Bucs take on UNC Asheville at 1 p.m., before the men’s soccer team plays Furman at 4 p.m.
For more information on ETSU women’s soccer, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s soccer links. Fans can also follow the Lady Bucs on Facebook at ETSU Buccaneer Women’s Soccer.