Nation's third-ranked scoring offense to host USC Upstate and Tennessee this weekend
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 18, 2014) - The ETSU women's soccer team will look to remain unbeaten at home as the Bucs host USC Upstate Friday, Sept. 19, and Tennessee Sunday, Sept. 21. The Buccaneers are 5-0 at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
GETTING UP TO SPEED
The Bucs (7-1) spent the weekend in the nation's capital of Washington, D.C., splitting a pair of non-conference matches.
ETSU suffered its first loss of the season Sept. 12, falling, 3-1, to George Washington; however the Bucs became the first team to score a goal against the Colonials (5-1) this season, who rank eighth in the nation for goals against average (0.329). GW received votes in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tires Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
Two days later, however, ETSU bounced back, defeating Howard, 4-3, in double overtime. The Bucs came from behind twice in the match to force extra time, where Lorton, Va., native Summer Peterson scored the game-winning goal in the 109th minute.
Senior Jasmin Dutton (Kinmel Bay, Wales), the nation's leader for assists (11), recorded three assists in the win. With the three-assist effort, Dutton surpassed teammate Sarah Zadrazil's program single-season assist record.
Molly Collinson (Cramlington, England) and Hannah Short (Bristol, England) each scored goals in the victory.
Short is pacing the Bucs' potent scoring offense with 12 goals this season, the top mark in the nation, and has scored a goal in nine consecutive matches dating back to last season. Her streak of nine straight matches with a goal ranks her 12th all-time in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Record Book.
ETSU, which ranks third in the nation for scoring offense (4.38), has outscored its opponents by a 35-12 margin this season.
USC Upstate Spartans - Atlantic Sun Conference - Spartanburg, S.C.
The Spartans (1-6) began the 2014 campaign with four consecutive losses before picking up a win over South Carolina St., 4-1, Sept. 5.
Junior Kenzie Major has scored all four of USC Upstate's goals this season, all coming against SC St.
Last season, ETSU defeated the Spartans, 7-1, in Johnson City.
Tennessee Volunteers - Southeastern Conference (SEC) - Knoxville, Tenn.
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For the first time since 2009, ETSU will go toe-to-toe with in-state foe Tennessee.
The Vols (4-3) have won three of their last four matchups, with the lone loss coming on the road to No. 2 Virginia.
UT is outscoring its opponents 13-6 this season, with senior forward Hannah Wilkinson accounting for four of those goals.
The Vols are 3-2 in road/neutral-site games.
Hannah Short, the nation's leader for goals scored (12), discusses the Bucs' program-best start to the season:
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