Bucs batter Bulldogs, 12-0, in record-breaking fashion
ETSU's Simona Koren recorded four goals and one assist in just 35 minutes of action Thursday.
Bucs batter Bulldogs, 12-0, in record-breaking fashion
Thursday, September 4, 2014

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 4, 2014) - Sophomore Simona Koren (Graz, Austria) scored four first-half goals as ETSU rolled to a dominant 12-0 win versus Alabama A&M in non-conference play Thursday night.

The Buccaneers (6-0) set single-game records for goals (12) and shots (47) en route to continuing the best start in program history.

Koren recorded a hat trick within the first 11 minutes of the match, scoring ETSU's first three goals. The sophomore forward's first two goals (3', 6') were results of her quick reactions, as she beat AAMU defenders to lose balls both times.

Fellow Austrian Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) assisted Koren's third and fourth goals (11', 26'). A spectacularly-placed ball by Zadrazil led to Koren's fourth and final goal, which allowed ETSU to take a 7-0 lead into intermission.

Zadrazil recorded three assists in the win, also assisting Hannah Short's 15th-minute goal. In ETSU's last two matches, in which the Bucs have outscored their opponents 18-1, Zadrazil has dished out seven assists.

Koren finished the match with four goals and an assist in just 35 minutes of action.

Meanwhile, Short, the Reigning Southern Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week scored three goals and dished out one assist. The Bristol, England, native has now scored in each of the Bucs' first six matches. She and Koren each have a team-best nine goals on the season.

Short's first score of the match (15'), which put ETSU ahead, 5-0, came when she buried a deep strike from 30 yards out past the AAMU keeper and into the left side of the net. Short recorded 17 shots (10 on goal) in the win.

Also scoring for the Bucs were Garazi Murua (Getxo, Spain), Kristi Davis (Edmond, Okla.), Alexa Passingham (Leicestershire, England), and Thomai Vardali (Koufalia, Greece).

Each of their scores, aside from Murua's, were their first goals of the season. Murua also scored in the Bucs' season-opening win versus Radford.

Murua's 14th-minute goal came off a beautifully-guided corner kick from Jasmin Dutton (Kinmel Bay, Wales), Dutton's eight-assist of the season. Dutton has now recorded an assist in each of ETSU's first six matches.

Davis, who scored seven goals last season, scored twice Thursday, registering 66th-minute and 89th-minute goals.

Passingham scored her first career goal in the 73rd minute on an unassisted corner kick.

Vardali's 80th-minute goal came off a brilliant pass from freshman Megan Horner (Talbott, Tenn.), Horner's first collegiate point.

ETSU outshot the Bulldogs' (0-4), 47-5, breaking the Bucs' prior single-game shots record of 46 set last season against North Florida.

The Bucs' previous single-game record for goals was 10, also set against Alabama A&M, three years to the day of Thursday's match (Sept. 4, 2011).

ETSU converted 50 percent of its shots on goal for scores.

Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Yancy (Rosemark, Tenn.) got the win for ETSU, earning her fourth career shutout.


The Bucs will look to continue their program-best start to the season when they visit Francis Marion Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3:00 p.m.

LIVE STATS - Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3:00 p.m.

Last season, ETSU defeated Francis Marion, 2-0, in Johnson City.


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