ETSU takes lead in SoCon standings following commanding, 5-1 win at UTC
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Oct. 5, 2014) - ETSU extended its win streak to three matches Sunday, cruising to a 5-1 Southern Conference win at Chattanooga. Five ETSU players scored in the win, including reigning Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria), who recorded one goal and three assists on the day.
The high-scoring Buccaneers (11-3, 3-1) started strongly, taking a 1-0 lead just 97 seconds into the match when Zadrazil collected a pass from Simona Koren (Graz, Austria) and then beat the Mocs' (1-10-1, 0-3) keeper for her sixth goal of the season.
Zadrazil and Koren connected again for the Bucs' second goal of the game, with Zadrazil assisting Koren to give ETSU a 2-0 lead after just 24 minutes.
ETSU extended its lead to 3-0 before halftime, with junior Hannah Short (Bristol, England) adding to her national-best goal total in the 41st minute off an assist from Zadrazil. Short leads the nation with 17 goals on the season.
Less than five minutes into the second half, junior Alexa Passingham (Leicestershire, England) scored her second goal of the season on a corner kick at the 49:48 mark. Both of Passingham's goals this season have been results of corner kicks.
The Bucs further extended their lead to 5-0 when Thomai Vardali (Koufalia, Greece) converted a breakaway following a pass from Zadrazil. The score was Vardali's second of the year.
In goal, sophomores Jasmine Elliott (Preston, England) and Anna Yancey (Rosemark, Tenn.) combined to allow just one goal, with Elliott playing the match's first 72 minutes before being relieved by Yancey.
Elliott made four saves on the day, while Yancey recorded two. Yancey came within six seconds of clinching the Bucs' fifth shutout of the season, as UTC scored its first and only goal at the 89:54 mark.
With the three-assist outing, Zadrazil surpassed Jasmin Dutton (Kinmel Bay, Wales) as the team's leading assister. Zadrazil and Dutton have both enjoyed stellar seasons thus far, dishing out 13 and 12 assists, respectively. The two entered the weekend tied for the nation's top assist-per-game mark (1.00).
The Bucs saw contributions from nine players off the bench in the victory, including seniors Kristi Davis (Edmond, Okla.) and Andie Stone (Austin, Texas). Four ETSU newcomers also contributed off the bench: Megan Horner (Talbott, Tenn.), Alba Llaras (Molerussa, Spain), Kendall Manning (Franklin, Tenn.), and Jil White (Franklin, Tenn.).
Since suffering back-to-back setbacks in late September, ETSU, which entered the weekend featuring the nation's second-ranked scoring offense (3.92), has rattled off three consecutive wins—all SoCon contests, outscoring opponents 11-2 during that stretch.
ETSU, which sits atop the SoCon standings with nine points (3-1), will look to continue its winning ways next weekend as it visits Mercer Friday, Oct. 10 and The Citadel Sunday, Oct. 12.
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