Kerns, Thomas, Musacchio to be honored on Senior Day
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2012) – The ETSU women’s soccer team returns home for its final two games of the regular season this Friday and Sunday, as it takes on Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb in Atlantic Sun play at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
ETSU (9-4-0, 3-2-0 A-Sun) will be holding its annual Pink Game against Northern Kentucky (4-10-0, 1-5-0 A-Sun) on Friday, helping to raise money and awareness about breast cancer. The Lady Bucs will be sporting their pink jerseys, and give away a signed ball from the team. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Sunday’s game against Lipscomb (2-8-4, 0-4-2 A-Sun) is Senior Day at Summers-Taylor Stadium. Prior to the start of the game, the team and coaching staff will honor three departing Lady Bucs in Ramey Kerns (Kings Mountain, N.C.), Morgan Thomas (Maryville, Tenn.) and Katherine Musacchio (Nashville, Tenn.).
Kerns continued her high-production season last Saturday against USC Upstate. The junior striker – a senior academically – put in her 14th and 15th goals of the season, and entered this week as the nation’s top goal scorer. She is tied with Georgetown’s Daphne Cortez and Central Arkansas’ Adriana Lucar for the most goals, and stands alone at the top with 1.154 goals per game.
Freshman sensation Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) tallied her eighth assist of the season against Upstate, and trails the single-season record of 10, set by Katie Green in 2007, by two. She also has four goals to total 16 points heading into the final home weekend.
ETSU’s Last Outing
ETSU went down to Spartanburg, S.C. last Saturday, and took care of business with a 3-0 shutout of USC Upstate. Thomas scored just six minutes into the game, intercepting a Spartan clear attempt following a corner from Zadrazil, and firing a shot off an Upstate defender and in for her second goal of the season.
Less than 10 minutes before halftime, Thomas created ETSU’s second goal. The Maryville, Tenn. native created danger in the penalty area, and was tripped up by a defender causing referee JJ Blodgett to award the Lady Bucs a penalty kick. Kerns stepped up and converted her third successful penalty of the season to put ETSU up by two.
Kerns added to her day four minutes later when she was fed a fantastic through ball from Zadrazil, taking a shot that hit the right post and went in for her second goal of the game. Kerns’ two goals moved her point total to 33, surpassing Erin Ashton for the ETSU single-season points record. Ashton had 30 in 2005.
Scouting the Norse
NKU is in its first year of Division I athletics, transferring in from D-II. The Norse have registered four wins and one A-Sun victory this season, defeating Stetson in DeLand for their first D-I conference victory. The NKU women’s soccer team earned a victory in its first ever D-I game, defeating Canisius, 2-0, on Aug. 17.
Martha Staab leads the NKU attack with three goals off just seven shots. Four other Norse players have scored twice, including Kelsey Zwergel, Megan Frye, maria Silbersack and Kelsey Laumann. Goalkeepers Stephanie Glass and Cassie Lingenhoel have split time in goal. Each keeper has played in all 10 games, allowing opponents 1.83 goals per game.
Scouting the Lady Bison
Lipscomb enters the weekend looking for its first in since Aug. 28, when it defeated Austin Peay 1-0. The Lady Bison have since gone 0-6-4, including two ties in A-Sun play against Mercer and Stetson. Their other victory came in the season opener, getting past Jacksonville State, 2-0.
Baylee Linnell holds the goals lead for Lipscomb, having scored four times. She also has two assists to accrue 10 points and lead the Lady Bison in that department as well. Other threats include Molly Bray with three goals, Brittany Rupple with two goals, and Caroline Chadwell with two goals and one assist. Keeper Erin Zerio has played every minute in goal, allowing opponents a GAA of 1.46.
Friday’s game will be the first time ETSU and NKU have met. Sunday’s game with Lipscomb marks the ninth all-time meeting in that series, with ETSU holding a decisive 7-1-0 advantage. The Lady Bucs have won the last three meetings.
Live stats will be available for both games through Stat Broadcast on ETSUBucs.com. Free live streaming video will also be provided courtesy of ASun.TV.
- Ramey Kerns entered the week No. 1 in the nation in goals (15) and goals per game (1.154). She has broken ETSU’s single-season record in both departments.
- Sarah Zadrazil has eight assists this season, and is two shy of the ETSU record for single-season assists. Katie Green currently holds that mark, posting 10 in 2007.
- ETSU is 7-0 when leading at halftime, compared to 0-3 when trailing at the half.
- The Lady Bucs are currently sixth in the A-Sun standings, but are just one point behind Kennesaw State, two points behind both Mercer and Jacksonville, and four behind leaders North Florida and FGCU.
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