Two first-half goals doom Bucs as ETSU suffers first loss of 2014; win streak snapped at six
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 12, 2014) - Despite an improved second-half showing, the ETSU women's soccer team could not overcome a two-goal halftime deficit, falling on the road to unbeaten George Washington, 3-1, in non-conference play. The setback was the Buccaneers' first loss of the 2014 campaign.
Like ETSU, the Colonials (5-0) entered Friday's match in the midst of a program-best start to the season.
GW jumped out to an early lead on the Bucs (6-1), as MacKenzie Cowley netted a goal in the match's second minute. Cowley went on to add another score twenty minutes later to give the Colonials a 2-0 lead heading into intermission. Cowley leads GW with four goals this season.
The Bucs regrouped at the break and came out strong to start the second half, dominating possession throughout the beginning of the second period; however, GW's stalwart defense refused to break.
Prior to Friday's match, GW had recorded four shutouts in the team's first four matches, a mark that tied for best shutout percentage in the nation.
Later in the second half, the Colonials took a commanding, 3-0, lead on a 71st-minute goal by Nicole Belfonti. However, the Bucs responded with a goal of their own, as leading goal scorer Hannah Short (Bristol, England) recorded her 10th goal of the season in the 80th minute.
Short has now scored a goal in each of the Bucs' seven matches.
ETSU will look to shake off Friday's result when the team travels across town to take on Howard Sunday, Sept. 14 at 1:00 p.m.
QUOTES FROM COACH SAYERS
Howard Bison - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Sunday, Sept. 14 at 1:00 p.m. - Washington, D.C.
The Bison (0-4-1) have been outscored, 8-2, this season.
Senior midfielder Nia Walcott has scored both of Howard's goals: one in the Bison's season-opener versus VMI Friday, Aug. 22, and another in Howard's 1-1 draw with Radford Sunday, Sept. 7.
FOLLOW THE BUCS