Second-half rally sends ETSU to SoCon Championship Semifinals
Second-half rally sends ETSU to SoCon Championship Semifinals
Sunday, November 2, 2014

No. 4 ETSU to take on top-seeded Samford Friday, Nov. 7 in Cullowhee, N.C.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 2, 2014) - Fourth-seeded ETSU scored three goals after halftime, including a 91st-minute game-winner by Hannah Short (Bristol, England), to defeat No. 5 UNC Greensboro in overtime, 3-2, Sunday in Johnson City in a Southern Conference Championship quarterfinal match.

With the win, ETSU advanced to the semifinals of the SoCon Women's Soccer Championship where the Bucs (15-5), will take on top-seeded Samford Friday, Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m., in Cullowhee, N.C.

Short, the nation's leading goalscorer, netted two goals on the day and took sole possession of the Southern Conference's single-season record for goals (26), breaking a 17-year-old mark set by UNCG's Kati Kantanen and Ali Lord in 1997.

Despite outshooting the Spartans (9-8-3) by a 10-2 margin in the opening half, ETSU went into intermission trailing, 1-0, following a 29th-minute UNCG goal by Candice Forbes.

UNCG freshman goalkeeper Chloe Buehler recorded five first-half saves, including a save on an ETSU penalty kick by Emilee Engelhaupt (Charlotte, N.C.) in the 19th minute. Buehler finished with nine saves.

ETSU continued to create scoring opportunities after halftime, outshooting UNCG, 16-2, in the match's final 46 minutes.

Short scored the first of her two goals in the 56th minute, converting a free kick following a UNCG foul atop the box.

The teams then traded scores in the final 23 minutes of regulation, with Katelyn Mountjoy scoring for UNCG (77') and Summer Peterson (Lorton, Va.) answering for the Bucs (86') to send the match to extra time.

Just 56 seconds into overtime, Short tallied her fifth game-winner of the season, heading a cross from Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) past Buehler to propel the Bucs to the semifinal round of the SoCon Championship.

Playing in her final game at Summers-Taylor Stadium, Short ended the Bucs' home campaign just as she began it. The Bristol, England, native scored golden-goal game-winners in each of the Bucs' first two home games this season.

By assisting the game-winner, Zadrazil extended her streak of consecutive matches with a point to nine games. During that span, Zadrazil, the nation's leading assister, has recorded six goals and 10 assists, while helping ETSU to a 7-2 record.

Zadrazil's mark of 20 assists this season ties UNCG's Katie Kantanen (1997) for most single-season assists in SoCon history.

With the result, ETSU advanced to 4-1 in overtime matches this year.

Sophomore Anna Yancey (Rosemark, Tenn.) earned the win in goal for the Bucs, improving her season record to 5-0.

QUOTES FROM COACH SAYERS

  • "It was a real team performance today. I'm so proud of every single player. Excellent use of possession, sharp intelligent movement, high level of technical quality, patience, character, resilience, composure, responding to adversity, courage, mental strength, playing through pain, refusal to submit. It was a fantastic performance from all. We created many very good chances. It was one of our best performances of the season."

POSTGAME EXTRAS

VIDEOS: Hannah Short:

Head Coach Adam Sayers:

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

NEXT UP

Southern Conference Championship Semifinals

No. 4 ETSU vs. No. 1 Samford - Friday, Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m., in Cullowhee, N.C.

ETSU defeated Samford, the SoCon regular season champion, in Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 3 by a 3-1 score; however, since then, the Bulldogs (13-7) have won seven of eight games.

No. 2 Furman will face off with No. 3 Mercer in the other semifinal match, which will kick off in Cullowhee after the ETSU vs. Samford match Nov. 7.

For more information on the SoCon Championship, visit SoConSports.com.

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