October 22, 20171st2ndFinal
ETSU19:06Rachel Harbin (Fiona Dodge )
WCU49:10Kasey Cooke
WCU68:09Anna Marie Mellis (Megan McCallister )
WCUJacquelyn Gnassi90:0013
ETSULea Ann Cutshall90:0024
Stats at a GlanceWCUETSU
Shots (on Goal)8 (6) 14 (4)
Corner Kicks36
Yellow Cards11
Bucs Fall to Catamounts in Final Regular Season Match
Bucs Fall to Catamounts in Final Regular Season Match
Sunday, October 22, 2017

ETSU to Host Wofford in SoCon Tournament Opener

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2017) – It was a regular-season match that had post-season intensity.

In a tense, back-and-forth contest Sunday afternoon at Summers-Taylor Stadium, ETSU’s women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 setback to Western Carolina in the final game of the 2017 Southern Conference schedule.

As a result, the Bucs (5-12-0, 3-6-0) will be the 8th seed in the SoCon Tournament, and will host 9th-seeded Wofford (7-10-1, 2-6-1) in a first round game on Wednesday, October 25, with kickoff time at 7:00 pm. The winner visits top-seeded Furman (12-2-2, 8-0-1) in the conference quarterfinals on Sunday, October 29, starting at 1:00 pm.

Western Carolina (7-9-2, 4-4-1) will be the 4th seed and will host #5 VMI in the quarterfinals.

The Bucs broke through first on Sunday, when Rachel Harbin (Arlington, Tenn.) took a feed from Fiona Dodge (Pontypool, Wales) and blasted a 17-yarder to the left of Catamounts keeper Jacquelyn Gnassi at 19:06. It was Harbin’s third goal of the season and Dodge’s second assist.

ETSU’s 1-0 lead held up until WCU’s Kasey Cooke leveled the score on penalty kick at 49:10. Nineteen minutes later, Anna Marie Mellis headed in Megan McCallister’s corner kick at 68:09 to put the Catamounts ahead, 2-1.

Down a goal, the Bucs pressed the attack and very nearly drew even. Eleonora Goldoni (Ferrara, Italy) blasted a 20-yarder that flew through traffic but deflected off the right upright at 71:08. Less than four minutes later, a corner kick by Emily McKerlie (Dumfries, Scotland) resulted in two shots, but Gnassi turned aside a header from Elena Pisani (Milano, Italy), and a follow-up from Isabel Hodgson (Adelaide, Australia) went wide.

Goldoni pushed an 18-yarder wide at 76:01, and got a look on the Bucs’ last rush, but her short-range attempt with 17 seconds left was just off the mark.

The Bucs had a 14-8 advantage in shots, and 6-3 in corners.

Wednesday’s tournament matchup against Wofford will be a rematch of the sides’ regular-season meeting just nine days ago, a 3-0 result for the Terriers in Spartanburg, S.C.


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