ETSU and second-ranked scoring offense to open SoCon play versus Furman, Wofford
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 25, 2014) - The ETSU women's soccer team will host Furman and Wofford in the Bucs' conference-opening weekend, ETSU's first Southern Conference competition in nearly a decade.
The high-scoring Buccaneers will take on Furman Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m., before going toe-to-toe with Wofford Sunday, Sept. 28 at 4:00 p.m.
Both matches will be broadcast on the SoCon Digital Sports Network via links found below.
GETTING UP TO SPEED
ETSU closed out non-conference play by splitting a pair of contests last weekend, defeating USC Upstate, 5-1, Friday, Sept. 19 before falling to Tennessee, 3-0, Sunday, Sept. 21.
The Bucs (8-2) loss to Tennessee was the first time all season ETSU had been held without a goal.
In the setback, junior Hannah Short (Bristol, England) saw her streak of 10 consecutive matches with at least one goal come to an end. Short's streak ranks 7th all-time in NCAA Division I Women's Soccer.
ETSU's scoring offense, which ranks second nationally (4.00), features the nation's leader for goals, points, assists, assists per game, and points per game.
Short's 15 goals is the top mark in the nation. The Bristol, England, native also leads the nation in points (35), goals per game (1.5), and points per game (3.5).
Meanwhile, senior Jasmin Dutton (Kinmel Bay, Wales) leads the nation with 11 assists. Teammate Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) has dished out 10 assists in eight games, ranking first in the country for assists per game (1.25).
ETSU has scored at least three goals in all but three matches this season. The Bucs lead the nation in points per game, averaging 12.30 points per contest.
Furman Paladins - Greenville, S.C.
The Paladins (6-2) enter Friday's contest having won five of their last six matches, with the lone setback coming at home to No. 25 Georgia.
Three Furman players have at least three goals on the year: Stephanie DeVita (5G), Carlie Couch (3G, 2A), and Molly Dwyer (3G).
Four of DeVita's team-best five goals have been game-winners. Only three other players in the nation have more game-winning goals this season.
Wofford Terriers - Spartanburg, S.C.
LIVE STATS - Sunday, Sept. 28 at 4:00 p.m.
After starting the season with three consecutive wins, the Terriers (3-4) have suffered four straight losses, all on the road.
Wofford's matchup with ETSU Sunday will conclude a difficult seven-match road swing for the Terriers, who have not played at home since Aug. 24.
Senior midfielder Maureen Buff paces the Terriers' offense with a team-best four goals.
The Terriers have attempted just 63 shots this season, second fewest in the SoCon, while allowing 140 shot attempts to opponents.
Wofford ranks 11th in the nation for saves per game (7.86).
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