BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Oct 2, 2014) - The ETSU women's soccer team and its second-ranked scoring offense will begin a four-match Southern Conference road swing this weekend as the Bucs visit Samford Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m., and Chattanooga Sunday, Oct. 5. at 2:00 p.m.
GETTING UP TO SPEED
The Buccaneers (9-3, 1-1) began SoCon play by splitting home contests versus Furman and Wofford.
Following a 3-0 setback to Furman Friday, Sept. 26, ETSU bounced back, defeating Wofford, 3-0, Sunday, Sept. 28.
ETSU's scoring offense ranks second in the nation, averaging nearly four goals per contest (3.92).
The Bucs are paced by the nation's leading goal scorer, Hannah Short (Bristol, England), and leading assister, Jasmin Dutton (Kinmel Bay, Wales).
Short's 16 goals is the top mark in the nation. The Bristol, England, native also leads the nation in points (38), goals per game (1.33), and points per game (3.17).
Meanwhile, Dutton leads the nation with 12 assists. She and teammate Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) are tied atop the NCAA's assist per game rankings, each averaging one assist per outing.
ETSU has scored at least three goals in all but four matches this season. The Bucs lead the nation in points per game, averaging 11.08 points per contest.
Impressively, 16 of the Bucs' 19 field players have found the scoring column on the year, including sophomores Simona Koren (Graz, Austria) and Molly Collinson (Cramlington, England) and senior Kristi Davis (Edmond, Okla.), who have each recorded nine points or more.
Samford Bulldogs - Birmingham, Ala.
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The Bulldogs (6-5, 1-0) have not won consecutive games since Sept. 5; however, Samford picked up a marquee win at No. 18 Auburn, beating the nationally-ranked Tigers in Auburn, Ala., 2-1.
Samford opened SoCon play with a 3-0 win at Chattanooga Sunday, Sept. 28.
Sophomore forward Malcanisha Kelley leads Samford with five goals on the year.
In addition to Kelley, three other Bulldog players have scored at least three goals: Jermaine Seoposenwe (3G, 3A), Amanda Abbott (3G, 2A), and Heather Lacy (3G). Sophomore forward Taylor Borman leads Samford with four assists.
Chattanooga Mocs - Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Mocs (1-8-1, 0-1), who have allowed 37 goals this season, the most in the Southern Conference, have not earned a victory since beating Tennessee Temple, 7-0, Aug. 29.
Excepting the Tennessee Temple match, Chattanooga has been outscored by a 37-9 margin on the year.
Senior midfielder Crystal Mackezyk has accounted for nearly 50 percent of the Mocs' scoring output, scoring seven of the team's 16 goals.
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