Bucs wrap up regular season Sunday at WCU; SoCon Championship begins next week
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Oct. 25, 2014) - Having won six of their last seven contests, the Buccaneers will look to continue their winning ways as they visit Western Carolina Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2:00 p.m., for their regular season finale.
GETTING UP TO SPEED
The Bucs (14-4, 6-2) extended their winning streak to three matches with a 3-1 win versus UNC Greensboro Sunday, Oct. 19.
Two days earlier, ETSU earned a commanding 7-0 win versus VMI on the Bucs' Senior Night, with seniors accounting for ETSU's first four goals.
With the pair of weekend wins, ETSU set a new program single-season record for wins in a season with 14.
Meanwhile, Hannah Short (Bristol, England) became the Bucs' single-season leader for goals (23) and points (54).
Junior Sarah Zadrazl (St. Gilgen, Austria), the reigning Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, has recorded at least one point in each of ETSU's last seven matches, recording six goals and eight assists during that span.
With a combined 10 goals in their last two contests, the Bucs overtook No. 3 Virginia (14-1) as NCAA Division I's top scoring offense. ETSU is averaging nearly four goals per contest.
ETSU's 67 goals leads the Southern Conference and is the most the league has seen since Furman scored 83 in 2000.
The Bucs are paced by Short, the nation's leading goal scorer (23), and Zadrazil and Jasmin Dutton (Kinmel Bay, Wales), who rank first and second in the nation for assists with 18 and 16, respectively.
Zadrazil and Dutton have each surpassed ETSU's previous single-season assist record of 11, which was set by Zadrazil in 2012 and 2013.
In addition to leading the nation in goals, Short also leads the country in total points (54), having recorded 23 goals and eight assists. Her current mark of 23 goals is second-most in Southern Conference history for a single season.
ETSU has scored at least three goals in all but five matches this season. The Bucs lead the nation in assists per game (3.78), points per game (11.22), total assists (69), total goals (67), and total points (203).
Impressively, 17 of the Bucs' 19 field players have found the scoring column on the year. Seven players have recorded double-digit points this year: Short, Zadrazil, Simona Koren (Graz, Austria), Dutton, Kristi Davis (Edmond, Okla.), Molly Collinson (Cramlington, England), and Thomai Vardali (Koufalia, Greece).
Koren, the Bucs' third leading scorer this season (12G, 5A) ranks 13th in the NCAA for goals per game (0.57).
Western Carolina Catamounts
The Catamounts (7-6-4, 4-3-1) currently rank sixth in the Southern Conference standings.
Sunday, Oct. 19, WCU snapped a two-game losing streak by knocking off VMI, 3-0, in Cullowhee. Prior to their win versus VMI, the Catamounts suffered setbacks to league-leading Mercer and UNC Greensboro.
Eight WCU players have scored multiple goals this season, including senior Caitlyn Bradham (4G, 2A) and Chandler Arrowood (4G, 1A).
The Catamounts, who have outscored opponents, 25-14, this season, rank second in the SoCon for goals against average (0.777).
Sunday's match will conclude regular season play for ETSU. Set to be one of the top four seeds in next week's Southern Conference Women's Soccer Championship, the Bucs will host a quarterfinal match next weekend.
For more information on the upcoming SoCon Championship, visit SoConSports.com.
Sunday's SoCon slate will have large implications on seeding for the SoCon Championship.
Currently, ETSU (6-2) sits in a tie for second place with Samford (6-2) in the league standings, behind Mercer (6-0-2), who narrowly defeated ETSU, 2-1, in double OT earlier this season.
ETSU and Samford have identical conferece records; however, the Bucs own the tie-breaker over the Bulldogs thanks to ETSU's 3-1 win at Samford Oct. 3.
Mercer and Samford will go toe-to-toe Sunday at 3:00 p.m., in Birmingham, Ala.
Fourth-place Furman (5-1-2) will take on eighth-place VMI Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Depending on Sunday's results, ETSU has a chance to finish anywhere from first place to fourth place. Details regarding final seedings will be released as matches are finalized.
Live stats and video (if applicable) links for Sunday's matches can be found by visiting the SoCon schedule.
To view the complete standings, click here.
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