CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2014) - Following a thrilling, 3-2 overtime win versus UNC Greensboro in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Women's Soccer Championship, ETSU is set to take on top-seeded Samford Friday, Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m., in Cullowhee, N.C., for a trip to to the tournament final.
GETTING UP TO SPEED
ETSU advanced to the SoCon Semifinals by knocking off fifth-seeded UNCG, 3-2 (OT), Sunday, Nov. 2.
Senior Summer Peterson (Lorton, Va.) sent the game to extra time with an 86th-minute equalizer, before Hannah Short (Bristol, England) netted the golden-goal game-winner just 56 seconds into overtime.
No. 1 Samford vs. No. 4 ETSU
The Buccaneers (15-5) defeated Samford, 3-1, Friday, Oct. 3; however, the Bulldogs (13-7) then went on to win six of their final seven league matches en route to clinching the regular season SoCon title.
In the Oct. 3 matchup All-SoCon First Team selection Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) scored two goals, and senior Emilee Engelhaupt (Charlotte, N.C.) accounted for the Bucs' other goal. Ellis Parsons (Cardiff, Wales) and Paola Roversi (Rieti, Italy) recorded assists in the win.
Samford defeated The Citadel, 6-0, in its SoCon quarterfinal match, with six different players finding the back of the net.
No. 2 Furman will face No. 3 Mercer in the other semifinal match, which will begin in Cullowhee at approximately 7:30 p.m., following ETSU vs. Samford.
For more on the SoCon Championship, including ticket information, directions to Cullowhee, and surrounding attractions, visit SoConSports.com.
ETSU features the top scoring offense in NCAA Division I, averaging 3.60 goals per contest. The Bucs lead the nation in assists per game (3.60), points per game (10.8), total assists (72), total goals (72), and total points (216).
ETSU's 72 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 (26), and Zadrazil and Jasmin Dutton (Kinmel Bay, Wales), who rank first and third in the nation for assists with 20 and 17, 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 (60), having recorded 26 goals and eight assists. Her current mark of 26 goals is the most in Southern Conference history for a single season, surpassing marks set by UNCG's Kati Kantanen and Ali Lord in 1997.
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, Molly Collinson (Cramlington, England), Kristi Davis (Edmond, Okla.), and Thomai Vardali (Koufalia, Greece).
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