|September 10, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
East Tennessee State
|VT||33:42||Karlie Johnson (Kristina Diana )|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||90:00||2||10|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||VT|
|Shots (on Goal)||4 (3)||28 (13)|
JONHSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 9, 2018) – The ETSU women’s soccer team is in the midst of back-to-back marquee matchups against Power 5 conference opponents, as it travels to Virginia Tech Monday night.
The Bucs last hosted the No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference on Thursday night in front of a crowd of 1,012 fans at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
Tomorrow’s contest with Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia Tech also kicks off a two-game road swing before conference play opens Sept. 21. After tomorrow’s contest, ETSU will travel to South Carolina State.
Tomorrow night's contest will be streamed on ACC Network Extra. Live Stats are also available for fans to follow along.
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Last Time Out
The Bucs had over 1,000 fans for its matchup against the No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers, but the Vols came out on top, 4-0. With the loss, ETSU fell to 1-6 while Tennessee remained undefeated at 6-0-1.
The official crowd of 1,012 marks ETSU women’s soccer’s largest crowd since the 2016 season opener against USC Upstate — a 1-0 win in front of 1,100 fans.
The ninth-ranked Vols struck in the 14th minute of an otherwise solid defensive first-half by the Bucs. Tennessee went on to add three more goals in the second half to seal the victory.
The Bucs anchored down defensively in the first half, fighting off seven corner attempts and 12 shots successfully. Senior goalkeeper Lea Ann Cutshall (Johnson City, Tenn.) recorded two of her three saves in a strong first half between the pipes.
The Buccaneers continued without one of its primary threats in last year’s leading goal-scorer, Eleonora Goldoni (Ferrara, Italy). Goldoni just completed her assignment with the Italian National Team overseas and has rejoined the Bucs — hoping to play tomorrow at Virginia Tech.
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 145 career saves rank second on the all-time ETSU list, as she moved past Megan Masch at Charlotte this season. 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.
About Virginia Tech
The Hokies hold a 3-1-3 record so far this year with its last contest being a 3-0 win against Villanova in Chester, Pa. The Hokies also hosted No. 22 Georgetown August 19, ending the contest with a 1-1 draw.
Last year, Virginia Tech finished 7-6-5 with a 1-5-4 showing in a tough ACC.
So far, freshman Karlie Johnson leads the team with three goals this season, including one in the last match at Villanova. Junior Kelsey Irwin added a brace versus the Wildcats and owns two goals this season.
A huge strength for the Hokies comes between the pipes in junior Mandy McGlynn. The three-year starter in goal is listed in the top-five of many Virginia Tech goalkeeping records, including career shutouts, minutes, wins and goals against average.
This season, McGlynn holds an impressive 0.52 GAA, allowing only four goals with 27 saves in 690 full minutes of action. Her save percentage stands at 0.871 with three shutouts.
In three all-time meetings, Virginia Tech leads the series 3-0.
The last contest came in Johnson City last year, with the Bucs falling 3-1. In last season’s game, ETSU accomplished many “firsts” in the match — including hosting the Hokies for the first time. ETSU scored first with Cathy Rees (Scarva, Northern Ireland) scoring her first career collegiate goal.
ETSU could not hold the 1-0 lead, as Virginia Tech leveled the score near the half and took a 3-1 win with two second-half scores.
Virginia Tech hosted the Bucs in 2006 and 2013, earning two shutout victories over ETSU.
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