Koren, Murua score first career goals as ETSU gets fifth consecutive win versus Radford
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 22, 2014) – The ETSU women's soccer team staved off a second-half Radford rally to earn a season-opening, 3-2 victory Friday night in front of a home crowd of nearly 800.
The Buccaneers (1-0-0) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring twice in the match's opening 35 minutes.
Sophomore forward Simona Koren (Graz, Austria) struck first for ETSU, scoring a 25th-minute goal off a set from fellow sophomore Molly Collinson (Cramlington, England). Koren's goal was the first of her ETSU career.
Following the score, play was suspended due to lightning sightings in the area. After a 30-minute delay, play was resumed, with ETSU picking up right where it left off.
Less than 10 minutes after the delay, sophomore defender Hannah Short (Bristol, England) gathered a well-placed free kick from Jasmin Dutton (Kinmel Bay, Wales) and beat Radford freshman goalkeeper Katie McCormick to send the Bucs' into intermission with a 2-0 lead.
The Highlanders (0-1-0), who won the Big South regular season title each of the past two seasons, began the second half strongly, scoring just 22 seconds into the half on a goal by freshman defender Jordan Lundin.
ETSU sophomore midfielder Cecilia Re (Busnago, Italy) earned a chance to extend the Bucs' lead in the 60th minute after drawing a yellow card on Radford's Kim Harkins. Re, who was 1-for-1 on career penalty kicks entering the match, had her attempt saved by McCormick.
However, just a few minutes later, freshman defender Garazi Murua (Getxo, Spain) converted a header off to push the Bucs' lead to 3-1. Murua scored the goal, the first of her collegiate career, after a Jasmin Dutton free kick was deflected by the Radford keeper off the cross bar.
Radford's Lundin continued her stellar collegiate debut, scoring on a penalty kick in the 78th minute to cut the Highlanders' deficit to one goal at 3-2; however, the Bucs held Radford to just two more shots the rest of the way en route to sealing the 3-2 victory.
The game was a physical bout throughout, featuring five yellow cards: three for Radford and two for ETSU.
With the result, ETSU extended its win streak versus Radford to five matches. The Bucs have not suffered a loss to the Highlanders since Sept. 3, 2006. Radford has not beaten ETSU in Johnson City since 1997.
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ETSU will travel to Cookeville, Tenn., Sunday, Aug. 24 to take on Tennessee Tech at 1:00 p.m.
Last season, the Golden Eagles posted a 3-15-1 record, including a 1-8-1 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference.
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