|September 02, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
East Tennessee State
|CHA||36:53||SIPPRELL, Sophie (GREENE, Megan , ORR, Riley)|
|CHA||45:31||MANSER, Mary (GREENE, Megan )|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||90:00||3||4|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||CHA|
|Shots (on Goal)||3 (0)||25 (8)|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2018) – Following its first win of the season Thursday over USC Upstate, the ETSU women’s soccer team looks for two in a row when it faces Charlotte Sunday at 7 p.m.
This matchup will end a two-game road swing for ETSU in the Carolinas. Including USC Upstate, ETSU will play four of its next five games on the road, with the lone home game against No. 16 Tennessee in Johnson City.
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The Bucs earned its first positive result of the season Thursday evening, defeating USC Upstate 1-0 in Spartanburg, S.C.
The winning goal came from senior Isabel Hodgson (Adelaide, Australia) off a corner kick by fellow senior Fiona Dodge (Pontypool, Wales). Junior Elena Pisani (Milan, Italy) headed Dodge’s kick over to Hodgson just outside the goal line, who tapped it in for the lone score.
The game was competitive as each team fired off 10 shots. USC Upstate had six shots on target — all of which were saved by senior Lea Ann Cutshall (Johnson City, Tenn.) to record the clean sheet. Cutshall’s remarkable performance in goal has her two saves away from second on the all-time saves list at ETSU.
Cutshall had the bulk of her work with the pressure on for the final minutes, as the Spartans attempted three late corners in an attempt to equalize the score with less than five minutes to go.
The Buccaneers won without one of its primary threats in last year’s leading goal-scorer, Eleonora Goldoni (Ferrara, Italy). Goldoni is currently on assignment with the Italian National Team overseas.
The Bucs return 19 letterwinners to this year’s squad, including 10 seniors and 10 starters from 2017.
Two seniors on this year’s squad, Lea Ann Cutshall (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Eleonora Goldoni (Ferrara, Italy), are working their way up the career record books in their respective goalkeeping and scoring categories.
Cutshall, a Johnson City native and Science Hill High School alum, is five shutouts away from breaking the all-time school record for career shutouts. Also, her 138 career saves rank third on the all-time ETSU list, as she is two saves away from second all-time. Jasmine Elliott holds the career saves record with 218 saves from 2013-16.
Goldoni is currently fourth on the all-time list in goals scored for ETSU with 29, needing seven to tie the all-time record held by Erin Ashton (2002-06) at 35. Goldoni is also fifth in all-time points at 64 and fourth in all-time game winners (6), shots (148) and shots on goal (74).
The Bucs won its lone preseason exhibition versus Appalachian State at Summers-Taylor Stadium, 4-1. Goldoni scored two goals, while Harbin contributed an assist while scoring the third goal. Sarah Connolly (Ballygowan, Northern Ireland) capped the win with ETSU’s final goal.
The Bucs added four players this offseason, filling depth at every position with the signings of forward Sydney Cavendar (Scott Depot, W. Va.), midfielder Sarah Williams (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and goalkeeper Tess Mrozek (Johnson City, Tenn.) and defender Marina Bradic (Medvedja, Serbia).
Bradic was head coach Adam Sayers’ final addition to the 2018 roster, officially announcing her arrival to campus on August 21.
The 49ers are 2-2 on the season with wins over Longwood and Akron. Charlotte’s most recent contest Thursday night against Liberty was cancelled due to weather contraints.
The last time Charlotte was in action, the 49ers took an early 1-0 lead against the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Ga. Georgia would reshift momentum in the second half en route to a 5-1 win.
Charlotte finished 11-8-2 in a stiff Conference USA — making a run at the conference championship that ended in penalty kicks to eventual champion North Texas. Last season, Charlotte knocked off No. 21 Rice in the C-USA Tournament.
Returning to this year’s team offensively is junior Megan Greene, who had 10 goals and six assists last season. Greene has one goal and a team-high 16 shots this season.
In goal for the Niners is sophomore Abby Stapelton, who started 20 games as a freshman last year en route to a spot on the C-USA all-freshman team. Through four contests this year, she has 13 saves for a .684 save percentage. Last year, she finished with 95 saves (.812) and seven shutouts.
Charlotte leads the all-time series 2-0, with the last match coming in 2009. Charlotte also defeated ETSU in its first year of action back in 1997. Both contests took place in the Queen City.
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