|October 12, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|ETSU||45:07||Fiona Dodge (Eleonora Goldoni )|
|ETSU||67:42||Isabel Hodgson (Sarah Connolly )|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||82:22||0||4|
|Stats at a Glance||VMI||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (5)||16 (7)|
|October 14, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|ETSU||16:46||Eleonora Goldoni (Fiona Dodge )|
|UNCG||57:26||Cienna Rideout (Quiqui Hita )|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||90:00||1||7|
|Stats at a Glance||UNCG||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||19 (8)||15 (7)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2018) – The 2018 regular season is winding down for ETSU women’s soccer, as the final homestand of the regular season takes place this weekend at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
The Bucs begin the weekend with their senior night on Friday, Oct. 12 against VMI at 7 p.m. ETSU’s 11 seniors will be honored in a special ceremony 30 minutes prior to kickoff on Friday night.
The following Sunday, Oct. 14, ETSU welcomes UNCG to town at 2 p.m. to officially close the home portion of the 2018 schedule.
Both contests will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network with Mike Gallagher on the call. Live stats will also be available for both games.
Video vs. VMI (Senior Night): https://bit.ly/2NCnibW
Video vs. UNCG: https://bit.ly/2A50WfO
Live Stats vs. VMI (Senior Night): https://bit.ly/2OUKjeZ
Live Stats vs. UNCG: https://bit.ly/2EaKL4C
With a win this weekend…
ETSU head coach Adam Sayers holds a 79-63-6 record through eight seasons and is currently tied for the most wins in ETSU women’s soccer history.
A win tomorrow would make Sayers the first ETSU soccer coach to reach 80 career wins and would also make him the winningest coach in the program’s history.
Additionally, Sayers is the fastest coach to reach 60 wins at ETSU as he did so in 2016 — leading the Bucs to a 13-6-2 overall record, a 6-2-1 SoCon record and a 10-1 home record.
Last Time Out
After jumping to a 3-0 start in Southern Conference play, ETSU suffered two one-score setbacks on the road last weekend, falling 2-1 in overtime at Samford and 1-0 two days later at Chattanooga.
Both games saw the Bucs give up a crucial goal with less than a minute showing on the clock. With a 1-0 lead in the final minute against the Bulldogs, Samford scored with 49 seconds to go to tie the contest. Erin Bonner scored the goal and would doom ETSU again in the 93rd minute with the golden goal.
ETSU saw a similar moment happen in its last outing at Chattanooga, as the Mocs scored the go-ahead goal with 29 seconds remaining in the first half to steal a 1-0 lead and momentum. The Bucs could not answer in the second half.
The lone ETSU goal last weekend came off the foot of Fiona Dodge (Pontypool, Wales) as she launched a kick from over 30-yards away and into high portion of the net.
The Bucs return 19 letter winners 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 three shutouts away from breaking the all-time school record for career shutouts. Also, her 195 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 (169), third in shots on goal (87) and all-time points (74) while being tied for third all-time in game winners (7).
Senior defender Isabel Hodgson (Adelaide, Australia) has been a consistent piece in the puzzle the last four seasons, appearing in all but one game throughout her career. She has 72 career appearances, needing one more to tie her for second all-time in games played for the Bucs.
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 Keydets jumped to its best start in program history this year with a four-game win streak, ending non-conference play with a 6-0-1 record.
Since the undefeated start, VMI has hit a five-game skid in conference play. With losses to UNCG, Mercer, The Citadel, Wofford and Furman, the Keydets are now 6-5-1 with all five losses coming in SoCon action.
Sierra Brewer is the leading scorer for VMI this season, starting in all 12 games with five goals and an assist. The junior defender-converted-striker has a team-leading 40 shots with 16 shots on goal.
Between the pipes for VMI is Ceci Keppeler — who has 10 of 12 starts for the Keydets. The senior has 46 saves and only 13 goals allowed for a 1.23 goals against average. She was also the first-ever VMI soccer player to win Southern Conference Player of the Week, doing so early this season by recording two shutouts against Delaware State and American.
The Spartans sit atop the standings with a perfect 5-0 record in conference play while owning a 10-2-1 overall record. Despite a couple of losses to UNCW and NC State at home, the Spartans are undefeated in games away from Greensboro.
UNCG was picked second in the preseason poll by the SoCon coaches and led the preseason all-conference team with three selections — Cierra Rideout, Heida Vidarsdottir and Emily Jensen.
Rideout leads the team with 11 goals and 25 points on the season and is tied with four other Spartans with a team-high three assists. Also, the junior has five of UNCG’s 10 game-winning scores. She leads the SoCon in game-winners, goals per game (1.00) and points per game (2.27).
Sophomore Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper has started all 13 games for the Spartans in goal, recording 50 saves while allowing only 10 goals for an 0.80 goals against average — third best in the SoCon.
The Bucs hold a 4-1 advantage in five all-time meetings against VMI. The Bucs won four-straight from 2013 to 2016 before the Keydets pulled off a 1-0 win last season in the last contest between the two.
Furthermore, ETSU is a perfect 3-0 against VMI in Johnson City and are outscoring the Keydets 15-1 in home contests since 2013.
Against the Spartans, ETSU trails UNCG 11-4 in the all-time series dating back to 1997 — ETSU’s first season as a program.
Despite the all-time record, ETSU has won four of the last five meetings dating back to 2014. Prior to ETSU’s return to the SoCon in 2014, UNCG won 10 straight from 1997 to 2004.
The last matchup in the series came last year in Greensboro, as UNCG won 2-0. ETSU won four-straight prior to last season, including a 3-2 overtime win in the 2014 SoCon tournament.
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