|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. 14, 2018) – The ETSU women’s soccer team earned a signature win Sunday in its regular season home finale, defeating previously-undefeated conference foe UNCG, 2-1.
ETSU (7-9, 5-2 SoCon) took an early lead and did not cower when UNCG (11-3-1, 6-1 SoCon) scored the equalizer in the 58th minute. With under 10:00 to go, ETSU drew a penalty inside the box to set up the game-winning penalty kick by Eleonora Goldoni (Ferrara, Italy).
Goldoni scored both goals to help the Bucs give UNCG its first loss in conference play. With her two goals today, Goldoni tied former Buccaneer Erin Ashton (2002-06) for the all-time career goals record at ETSU with 35.
The first goal came early in the 17th minute, as senior Fiona Dodge (Pontypool, Wales) crossed in a corner kick right near the goal line. Goldoni finished with a header for her sixth goal of the year while also giving Dodge her third assist this season.
ETSU held the lead into halftime with three shots on goal to UNCG’s two — although UNCG held a slim 8-7 shot advantage at the half. The Spartans fired off seven of the first eight shots in the second half, including the tying goal, but that’s all ETSU would concede.
Senior goalkeeper Lea Ann Cutshall (Johnson City, Tenn.) posted seven saves for the game, facing 19 shots with eight on goal. ETSU put equal pressure on UNCG keeper Aiyanah Tyler-Cooper with 15 shots and seven on target.
With her second of seven saves today, Cutshall hit the 200 career save milestone and is only the second player in ETSU women’s soccer history to eclipse 200. She now has 205 saves — 92 this year — and needs 13 to tie Jasmine Elliot (2013-16) for the all-time record.
The Bucs now hold a 5-2 record in conference play and move into third place in the conference standings at 15 points — trailing only Samford (19) and UNCG (18) with two games remaining.
ETSU has one last road swing left before the SoCon tournament with Mercer on Friday, Oct. 19 and The Citadel on Sunday, Oct. 21 to close the regular season.
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