JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 10, 2015) – The ETSU women's soccer team will welcome top-tier regional programs Duke and Georgia to Summers-Taylor Stadium Saturday, April 11 for a pair of exhibition matches.
Both Duke and Georgia finished the 2014 campaign ranking among the nation's Top 60 for Rating Percentage Index (RPI), a system used nationally to measure teams based upon quality of wins, losses, and strength of schedule.
The Buccaneers, who won a program-best 15 games in 2014, boasted one of the nation's most potent offenses last season, finishing the year as the NCAA Division I leader for scoring offense (3.48 goals per game), assists per game (3.48), and points per game (10.43).
ETSU, which has outscored opponents by a 16-1 margin this spring, will take on Georgia at 10:00 a.m., before going toe-to-toe with Duke at 2:30 p.m.
Last season, Georgia posted a 10-8-2 record en route to advancing to the NCAA Women's College Cup, including a win versus a South Carolina squad that finished the season ranked No. 9. The Bulldogs have won 10 or more games in 10 of the past 11 seasons.
Meanwhile, the Duke Blue Devils went 8-9-1, finishing seventh in the nationally-renowned, 14-team Atlantic Coast Conference, which featured national champion Florida State. Early in the season, Duke notched a road win over West Virginia, which finished the season ranked No. 15.
"We are very much looking forward to the games tomorrow," ETSU head coach Adam Sayers said. "It is always a pleasure to welcome and host teams of the status of UGA and Duke.
So far this spring, the Bucs have bested UNC Asheville, 10-0, and King, 6-1.
"Spring has gone very well so far," Sayers said. "The attitude and application of the girls has been fantastic. We put in two very good performances recently vs. UNC Asheville and King. Sarah [Zadrazil] and Simona [Koren] arrive back tonight from international duty, so we are looking forward to welcoming them back, and are excited about the games tomorrow."
Zadrazil and Koren combined to account for 20 goals and 25 assists last season, with Zadrazil rounding out the year as the nation's leader for total assists (20).
10:00 a.m. – ETSU vs. Georgia
12:00 p.m. – Georgia vs. Duke
2:30 p.m. – ETSU vs. Duke
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