|September 22, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|ETSU||2:26||Meagan Sours (Eleonora Goldoni )|
|ETSU||79:37||Eleonora Goldoni (Raffaella Giuliano )|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||90:00||0||3|
|Stats at a Glance||UTC||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||18 (3)||13 (8)|
|September 24, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||90:00||2||9|
|Stats at a Glance||SAM||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||14 (11)||3 (2)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2017) -- The non-conference schedule completed, the ETSU women’s soccer team opens its Southern Conference season with a pair of matches on the home pitch at Summers-Taylor Stadium this weekend.
The Bucs host Chattanooga on Friday, September 22 at 7:00 pm, then take on three-time defending SoCon champion Samford on Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm.
Eleonora Goldoni (Ferrara, Italy) is poised to continue her march up ETSU’s career leader board. The junior forward’s next goal will be her 24th and tie her with Simona Koren for 6th all-time. Goldoni has 14 points this season and 51 for her career, four shy of Molly Collinson for 6th. Goldoni has attempted 17 shots on goal this season, giving her 56 for career and leaving her six away from matching Collinson and Hannah Short in a tie for 4th all-time.
Both the Bucs and Mocs are looking for a turnaround performance on Friday. Chattanooga opened its season with home win over Austin Peay (which is 5-3-1 this season), but has gone 1-5-2 since, with the victory over winless Alabama A&M. The Mocs have lost two in a row, while ETSU is seeking its first win in five matches.
Both sides are also hoping to get their offenses on track. Over their last four matches, ETSU has scored four goals, while Chattanooga has mustered just one. In fact, the Mocs have scored seven goals in their nine matches this season and have been shut out five times.
Goldoni is 2nd in the SoCon in goals scored (6) and tops ETSU’s attack with 14 points. The Bucs may get a boost with the return of second-leading scorer Pauline Vienne (Lausanne, Switzerland), who rejoined the team Wednesday night after playing for the Swiss national team in a pair victories in World Cup qualifiers – 4-1 win at Albania on September 15 and 2-1 against Poland on September 19. Vienne’s status for Friday will be a kickoff decision.
After Goldoni and Vienne, the Bucs’ leaders include Rachel Harbin (Arlington, Tenn.), with six points (2 G, 2 A), Maegan Sours (Erie, Colo.), with four points (1 G, 2 A), and Isabel Hodgson (Adelaide, Australia), with three points (1 G, 1 A). Three other players have at least one point for ETSU.
The Mocs’ offense is paced by Jordan Mueller, who leads the squad in goals (3) and assists (2). Chloe Arnold and Catherine Meyer have scored two goals each. Those three players have combined for 16 of Chattanooga’s 19 points.
ETSU is 4-6-2 all-time against Chattanooga. The two sides have gone 1-1-1 against one another since the Bucs rejoined the Southern Conference three years ago – ETSU prevailed 5-1 at Chattanooga in 2014, the Mocs took a 3-1 result in Johnson City in 2015, and last year’s match ended in a 2-2 draw on the Mocs’ home pitch.
ETSU is 3-2 all-time against the Mocs at home.
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There were high stakes involved the last time the Bucs and Bulldogs met. It was the SoCon Tournament Championship match, on November 6, 2016, and Samford held off the Bucs, 2-1, at Summers-Taylor Stadium. The result gave the Bulldogs a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Since 2014, Samford has won three straight SoCon regular season title while going 29-5-1 (.843) against conference opponents (including the post-season tournament). Moreover, Samford was picked as the pre-season favorite in the annual coaches’ poll released on August 10.
Both ETSU and Samford had three players named to the pre-season all-conference team. The Bucs have Goldoni, midfielder Isabel Hodgson (Adelaide, Australia) and defender Emily McKerlie (Dumfries, Scotland). Samford has midfielder Kaitylyn Orman, goalkeeper Anna Maddox and forward Jermaine Seoposenwe.
Seoposenwe is the reigning SoCon Player of the Year and, like Vienne (and ETSU’s Georgia Allen earlier this year), has been a member of her home country’s national team. A native of Cape Town, Seoposenwe has played for South Africa in three international tournaments, including the Summer Olympics and Cup of Nations last year.
Seoposenwe is the SoCon’s active career leader in goals (32), assists (32), and points (96). ETSU’s Goldoni is 3rd in goals (23) and points (51).
Maddox is the current SoCon Player of the Week, after recording back-to-back 1-0 shutouts against UC-Davis and Saint Mary’s (Calif.) on September 15 and 17, respectively. Samford has shut out four opponents this season, including their last three. Maddox is the SoCon’s active career leader in wins (39), shutouts (16) and goals against average (1.01).
Samford is 4-5-1 this season, but has played four matches against Power Five teams -- Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State and Georgia. The first three games were losses, although Samford played to a 1-1 home draw with Georgia on September 8.
ETSU is 1-5 all-time against Samford, 0-2 at Summers-Taylor Stadium. The Bucs’ last win over the Bulldogs was on October 3, 2014, a 3-1 victory in Birmingham, Ala. Four of the six all-time meetings were decided by one goal.
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