|October 05, 2018||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|SAM||92:27||Erin Bonner (Alyssa Frazier )|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||92:25||2||6|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||SAM|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (6)||22 (8)|
|October 07, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|UTC||44:31||Emily Szymanski (Lauren Dluzewski )|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||90:00||1||5|
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||UTC|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (5)||17 (6)|
JONHSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 27, 2018) – The ETSU women’s soccer team has caught fire recently as winners of its last four games and will look to continue its winning ways against Samford Oct. 5 and Chattanooga Oct. 7 in a two-game road swing.
Coming off a 6-1 non-conference win over King University Monday, ETSU resumes Southern Conference play on Friday in Birmingham. The Bucs join Samford and UNCG atop the conference standings as the only remaining unbeatens in SoCon contests.
Kickoff against the Bulldogs Friday is set for 7 p.m. while Sunday afternoon’s matchup in Chattanooga begins at 2 p.m.
The Samford contests will be streamed on ESPN+ — a subscription-based streaming service for $4.99 a month or a seven-day free trial. The Chattanooga game will be broadcast via the SoCon Digital Network.
Video vs. Samford: https://es.pn/2DXKqSG
Video vs. Chattanooga:https://tinyurl.com/yd5qo8no
Live Stats vs. Samford: https://bit.ly/2ydLD2d
Live Stats vs. Chattanooga: https://bit.ly/2zS1aqm
Last Time Out
Five Buccaneers scored in ETSU’s 6-1 win over King University at Summers-Taylor Stadium, led by senior Eleonora Goldoni (Ferrara, Italy) with two goals and an assist for the five-point day.
Sarah Connolly (Ballygowan, Northern Ireland) scored for the third game in a row, burying her seventh goal of the season in the 14th minute to open the offensive attack.
Sophomore Raffaella Giuliano (Caserta, Italy) and seniors Isabel Hodgson (Adelaide, Australia) and Delaney Griffin (Franklin, Tenn.) each scored goals for ETSU, while junior Allie Duggan (Boca Raton, Fla.) and seniors Rachel Harbin (Arlington, Tenn.) and Pauline Vienne (Lausanne, Switzerland) each contributed an assist.
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 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 three shutouts away from breaking the all-time school record for career shutouts. Also, her 183 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 tied for second on the all-time list in goals scored for ETSU with 33, needing two to tie the all-time record held by Erin Ashton (2002-06) at 35. Goldoni is also second in career shots (168), third in shots on goal (86) and all-time points (74) while being tied for third all-time in game winners (7).
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).
The Bulldogs bring a 6-5-1 into Friday’s contest and are atop the SoCon standings at 3-0-1 (10 points). Samford owns SoCon wins over The Citadel (2-0), Furman (1-0) and Wofford (2-0) while tying with Mercer (2-2).
The preseason favorite to win the conference, Samford placed the duo of Allie Lourie and Taylor Meneide on the preseason all-conference team. Lourie, a junior midfielder, has one goal and two assists on seven shots. Erin Bonner leads the team with three goals on 27 shots (12 SOG).
In goal, sophomore Stephanie Westaway sees most of the minutes, playing all 12 games at 1068:30 minutes. She has 43 saves and has only allowed 16 goals for a 1.35 goals against average.
In conference-only statistics, Samford’s offense leads the SoCon with 84 shots and a 21.00 shots per game showing, beating second place Furman with 66 shots and a 16.50 average. Despite the shot-heavy approach, Samford ranks third in goals with seven behind UNCG with 11 and ETSU with nine.
The Mocs are 6-5-2 on the season and are in the top half of the SoCon with seven points at 2-1-1. Chattanooga defeated both The Citadel (2-0) and Wofford (1-0) while tying Mercer (1-1) and owning its only loss against Furman (1-0).
Inside Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, the Mocs have only lost one of its six games and have outscored opponents 12-5 in home contests.
The duo of freshman Ashton Shields and junior Melia Correa have split time at goalkeeper, with Shields playing 715:00 and Correa totaling 509:35 minutes. In eight starts, Shields holds a remarkable .902 save percentage with 37 saves and only four goals allowed for five shutouts and an 0.50 GAA.
Offensively, sophomore Chloe Arnold of Bristol, Tenn. leads the Mocs with nine goals and five assists for 23 points. Her nine goals rank tied for first in the SoCon while her 23 points are second in the conference.
Samford holds a 6-1 series advantage over the Bucs, with six of the last seven contests coming in 2014 or later.
The Bulldogs have won five straight over ETSU with three of the five wins decided by one goal. The last contest between the two took place in Johnson City last season, with Samford winning 2-0.
In the all-time series between Chattanooga and ETSU, the Mocs hold a slim 6-5-2 advantage. ETSU will hope to even the series Sunday with its second win in a row over Chattanooga.
In last season’s contest, ETSU surged to a 3-0 victory over Chattanooga in the SoCon opener in Johnson City behind goals from Goldoni, Giuliano and Maegan Sours (Erie, Colo.). The last match between the two in Chattanooga ended in a 2-2 draw.
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