ETSU downs UNC Greensboro, 3-1, for 14th win
ETSU downs UNC Greensboro, 3-1, for 14th win
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bucs get sixth win in last seven games, win in regular season home finale

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 19, 2014) - In their regular season home finale, the Buccaneers knocked off UNC Greensboro, 3-1, to improve to 9-2 at Summers-Taylor Stadium this season, a program single-season record for home wins. Entering the match, ETSU and UNCG ranked second and third in the SoCon standings, respectively.

ETSU scored four first-half goals in Friday's 7-0 win versus VMI, and the Buccaneers (14-4, 6-2) carried that success into Sunday's match, scoring twice within the match's first 34 minutes.

Sophomore Simona Koren (Graz, Austria) put the Bucs on the board with a 31st-minute goal off an assist from fellow Austria native Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria). Eight of Koren's 12 goals this season have been assisted by Zadrazil.

Koren is the Bucs second leading goal scorer, trailing only Hannah Short (Bristol, England), who leads the nation with a program record 23 goals.

Just four minutes after Koren's go-ahead goal, senior midfielder Emilee Engelhaupt (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded her second goal of the season, scoring on a penalty kick following a UNCG foul in the box.

The Spartans (8-6-3, 4-2-1) cut their deficit to 2-1 before intermission, as Katelyn Mountjoy scored off an assist from Chesney White. White, who leads UNCG with 14 goals, is the older sister of ETSU freshman Jil White (Franklin, Tenn.).

After outshooting UNCG, 10-5, in the first half, ETSU continued to create quality scoring opportunities in the second period, taking 13 shot attempts to the Spartans' six.

Zadrazil, who leads the Southern Conference with an ETSU single-season record 18 assists, sealed the win for the Bucs, scoring her eighth goal of the season in the 58th minute.

Over the past seven games, Zadrazil has recorded six goals and eight assists, helping ETSU to six wins.

Sophomore Anna Yancey (Rosemark, Tenn.) remained unbeaten in goal for ETSU, making four saves en route to improving to 4-0 on the season.

ETSU will conclude regular season play next Sunday, Oct. 26 at Western Carolina.

The Southern Conference Women's Soccer Championship begins Wednesday, Oct. 29. Details regarding tournament draws will be released as they are made available.

The Bucs are currently in second place in the SoCon standings, behind unbeaten Mercer (10-4-2, 5-0-2).

QUOTES FROM COACH SAYERS

  • "All credit to the players today. That is a very big result for us, and every player was magnificent. UNCG are a very good team. They have some very talented players, and were well organised."
  • "The opening period was quite cagey, with both teams keeping possession well. We were awarded a penalty, but their keeper made an excellent save. After we took the lead, we produced one of our best performances of the season. We maintained possession well, and continued to create chances. Scoring the two goals in quick succession gave us a cushion, but UNCG were always a threat on the counter attack, so we had to be careful they didn't catch us out in that regard."
  • "It was a blow to concede close to half time, but the girls responded excellently, showing great character and resilience. We started the second half very well and regained the two goal cushion with Sarah's goal, and saw the game out from there. All of the goals were of a high quality. We created several good chances after that, and again UNCG were dangerous going forward, but defensively we were excellent also. The goalkeeper, back four, and deep midfield two were positionally excellent, making clear decisions, concentrating well, and acting early. But we defended well from the front as well."
  • "A true team performance. It is difficult to single any player out, as they all did so well. We are very proud of them."

POSTGAME EXTRAS

VIDEOS: Sarah Zadrazil, Hannah Short, Garazi Murua, and Emilee Engelhaupt:

Head Coach Adam Sayers:

PHOTOS: To view a photo gallery of Friday's match, click here.

NEXT UP

Western Carolina Catamounts

LIVE STATS | LIVE VIDEO - Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2:00 p.m., in Cullowhee, N.C.

To view the Southern Conference standings, click here.

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