ETSU celebrates Pink Week and Senior Day in home weekend
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 20, 2011) – The ETSU women’s soccer team concludes the regular season this weekend at Summers-Taylor Stadium, hosting conference rivals Kennesaw State and Mercer.
ETSU welcomes Kennesaw State on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Lady Bucs’ Pink Week game to help raise money and awareness about breast cancer. Mercer travels to Summers-Taylor Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Lady Bucs celebrate Senior Day by honoring seniors Caitlin Gaughan (Indianapolis, Ind.), Genna Petersen (Loveland, Ohio) and Jessica Hiltenbrand (Bartlett, Tenn.) prior to the start of the game.
The Lady Bucs (11-4-0, 6-1-0 A-Sun) have put together a record season and will look to further solidify their mark at ETSU by closing out the regular season with two more conference victories. The 2011 Lady Bucs have put together 11 victories thus far, one shy of the program record for wins in a single season set back in 2003, and also sit one conference win away from tying the program record for most conference wins in a season.
Heading into the weekend, ETSU ranks among the nation’s elite scoring offenses as the Lady Bucs are currently tied for seventh in the country at 2.67 goals per game. Leading the offensive charge has been Petersen and freshman Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md.). The duo has combined for half of ETSU’s scoring offense, as Petersen and Caudle have each scored 10 times to account for 20 of the team’s 40 goals.
Last Friday, the Lady Bucs began a road series in Florida with a matchup against Stetson. Led by Caudle’s first collegiate hat-trick, ETSU defeated the Hatters, 6-3, to move to 6-0-0 in conference play with their program record seventh consecutive victory. Petersen, junior Morgan Thomas (Maryville, Tenn.) and sophomore Lucy Goffe (Birmingham, England) also added goals in the match, as ETSU reached the 40 goal mark to break the previous program record of goals in a season, 39, set back in 2005.
Although ETSU had plenty to celebrate after defeating Stetson, the Lady Bucs were handed their first defeat of the season in conference play on Sunday with a, 3-0, loss to Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles outshot ETSU 15-3 in that game and also became the first team to shutout the Lady Bucs all season.
With two wins this weekend, ETSU guarantees itself at No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament and a first round bye. The Lady Bucs can finish as high as first with two wins and a FGCU loss or tie.
Kennesaw State (6-8-1, 2-5-0 A-Sun) is fighting for a berth into the A-Sun Tournament, as the Owls currently sit in eighth place in the conference standings. The Owls are one point behind Mercer and Stetson for sixth place, but cannot guarantee themselves a berth into the conference tournament regardless of their results this weekend. KSU has made the conference tournament the last six years in a row, trailing only Jacksonville and Stetson for the most consecutive A-Sun Tournament appearances.
Katrina Frost leads KSU with 10 goals and one assist to accumulate 21 points on the year. Frost has not scored in the Owls’ last three contests, but remains tied for the conference lead in goals with Petersen and Caudle.
KSU leads the all-time series 4-2-2, with the last meeting between the two squads resulting in a 0-0 draw in the first round of last year’s A-Sun Tournament. The Owls advanced into the next round with a 4-2 victory in the shootout.
Mercer (8-6-1, 2-4-1 A-Sun) currently sits in a tie for sixth place in the A-Sun standings, having earned seven points along with Stetson. The Bears get a golden opportunity for points on Friday when they take on USC Upstate (2-14-1, 0-7-0), but will need a victory against ETSU and a good goal differential to guarantee a spot in the conference tournament.
If Stetson and Mercer were to both win out this weekend, the squad with the best overall goal differential in conference play would advance into the A-Sun Tournament. Currently, Stetson’s goal differential is minus four and Mercer’s is minus three.
Olivia Tucker leads Mercer with eight goals and an assist on the year. Tucker's last goal came two games ago, when Mercer and Stetson played to a 2-2 draw.
Mercer leads the all-time series against ETSU 4-1-1, having defeated ETSU 3-0 on October 15 of last year.
Live stats and live video for both matches will be provided courtesy of ETSUBucs.com and ASun.TV.
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