KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 27, 2012) – Having kicked off Atlantic Sun play last weekend at home, the ETSU women’s soccer team heads to the Peach State this weekend for its first two road contests of the conference season as it takes on Kennesaw State and Mercer.
ETSU (7-3-0, 1-1-0 A-Sun) begins the road trip on Friday against Kennesaw State (4-5-1, 0-0-1 A-Sun) inside KSU Stadium at 7 p.m., and closes out weekend play on Sunday afternoon at Bear Field against Mercer (6-3-2, 0-0-1 A-Sun) at 1 p.m.
The Lady Bucs have been led by junior striker Ramey Kerns (Kings Mountain, N.C.) and freshman midfielder Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria), as both continue to put up big numbers into the second half of the season. Kerns comes off her third A-Sun Player of the Week selection of the season after netting three goals in two conference games last weekend, tying Erin Ashton’s school record for goals in a season (12). Kerns is currently second nationally in goals, goals per game (1.20) and points per game (2.70), while ranking fourth in the country in points (27). Zadrazil, who created ETSU’s goal against FGCU by getting fouled in the penalty area, entered the week tied for third in the nation in assists (7) and tied for fifth in assists per game (.70).
As a team, the Lady Bucs boast one of the nation’s top 50 scoring offenses at 2.10 goals per game. ETSU has scored 21 goals in 10 games, with its highest output coming Sept. 9 in the 4-2 win against Winthrop.
ETSU’s Last Outing
ETSU began conference play at home, splitting matchups with Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast. In the conference opener on Friday versus the Hatters, Kerns scored just 5:18 into the game, netting ETSU’s earliest goal in over a year. She padded the Lady Buc lead in the 70th minute, before sophomore Kristi Davis (Edmond, Okla.) but away all doubt with her second goal of the year with 10 minutes to play.
On Sunday against last year’s A-Sun Tournament champion, ETSU took a lead in the 64th minute after Zadrazil moved into the box and was fouled from behind to draw a penalty. Kerns stepped up and converted her second penalty kick of the year, but the lead did not hold as FGCU’s Shannen Wacker scored in the 76th and 77th minutes to jump the Eagles on top for good.
Scouting the Owls
KSU opened conference play with local rival Mercer last Saturday, playing the Bears to a, 1-1, draw. Friday’s game with the Lady Bucs will be the Owls’ third straight at home, as they opened the home stand on Sept. 16, falling to UT Martin, 2-0.
Danielle Gray leads the Owl attack with five goals and two assists to her name. Those numbers give her the team lead in goals, assists and points (12), as she sits two points ahead of Katrina Frost’s four goals and two assists. Frost was the lone Owl goal scorer against Mercer, netting the equalizer in the 89th minute of play.
Scouting the Bears
Mercer is riding a four-game unbeaten streak, which began Sept. 9 with a 7-0 beat down of Alcorn State. Since then, the Bears have defeated Jacksonville State, 2-1, and Troy, 4-1, before starting conference play with the draw to KSU.
Lauren Gassie has scored five of Mercer’s A-Sun leading 24 goals, and added three assists to lead the team with 13 points. Sydney Brogden has found the back of the net three times, with Casey Barrett, Danielle Hesse, MacKenzie Stewart and Brianna Stampler all holding two goals.
Friday’s meeting will be the 10th all-time between ETSU and Kennesaw State, with the Owls leading the series 4-2-3. Last year, the two sides played to a draw, 1-1, on the final weekend of conference play.
ETSU and Mercer have met eight times in series history, with Mercer holding a 5-2-1 advantage. The Lady Bucs defeated the Bears in last year’s regular season finale to clinch their first share of a conference title in program history, but Mercer got its revenge with a 1-0 win in double overtime in the A-Sun semifinals.
Live stats will be available for both weekend games. Friday’s live stats can be found on KSUOwls.com, with Sunday’s on MercerBears.com.
- Ramey Kerns has 12 goals and 27 points this season to rank second in goals, goals per game and points per game. She is also No. 4 in total points.
- Sarah Zadrazil’s seven assists rank her in a tie for third in the nation in assists and tied for fifth in assists per game.
- ETSU’s 21 goals in 10 games rank them inside the NCAA’s top 50 scoring offenses (2.10 goals per game).
- In the NCAA’s first RPI of the 2012 season, ETSU is No. 110, Mercer is No. 169 and Kennesaw State is No. 185.
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