|October 28, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|ETSU||79:21||Sarah Connolly (Eleonora Goldoni , Kendall King)|
|ETSU||Lea Ann Cutshall||90:00||0||4|
|Stats at a Glance||MER||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (4)||6 (2)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2018) – For the first time in the 2018-19 athletic year, it’s tournament time in Johnson City as the ETSU women’s soccer team welcomes Mercer to Summers-Taylor Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 28.
The No. 3 Bucs (7-11, 5-4) and No. 6 Bears (9-6-4, 4-3-2) are set to kick off at 2 p.m. as the last quarterfinal matchup in the 2018 Southern Conference Women’s Soccer Championship. The winner advances to Macon, Ga. as one of the remaining four teams alive for a championship.
Tomorrow’s game will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network with Mike Gallagher on the call. Live stats will also be available.
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2yEcENe
Game Notes: https://bit.ly/2Sm2vNo
ETSU Tournament History
Since establishing its program in 1997, the Bucs have gradually proven its ability to contend for a championship. Taking its bumps early, the Bucs finally earned their first conference tournament win in 2007 as a member of the ASUN.
Since ETSU’s return to the SoCon in 2015, the Blue and Gold hold a 4-4 record in tournament competition. All four wins for the Bucs have been at Summers-Taylor Stadium in Johnson City. ETSU is 2-2 in quarterfinal matches since 2015.
Mercer is a familiar opponent for ETSU in tournament action. The last tournament contest between the two came in 2016 with a berth in the SoCon Championship final on the line, as ETSU pulled off a 3-1 win. One year prior, Mercer ousted the Bucs in the quarterfinal in Macon by a final of 3-2 in 2015.
Senior forward Eleonora Goldoni (Ferrara, Italy), shattered the all-time record for career goals last weekend at The Citadel with a game-tying penalty kick. She now has 36 for her four-year career, passing Erin Ashton (2002-06) for sole possession of the record.
Senior goalkeeper Lea Ann Cutshall (Johnson City, Tenn.) 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, Cutshall’s 218 career saves rank tied for first on the all-time ETSU list — needing just one more to pass Jasmine Elliott for sole possession of the record. Cutshall is also second in all-time wins with 19.
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 76 career appearances, moving into a tie for first on the all-time record list for career appearances with Cecilia Re (2013-16).
The No. 6 Bears ended with a 9-6-4 record and head into the SoCon tournament with a shot to host a semifinal round game on its home turf. Last weekend, Mercer defeated ETSU in a 2-1 overtime thriller before falling to Western Carolina, 1-0, to end the regular season.
An offensive-driven team, Mercer leads the Southern Conference in shots (365), goals (42) and corners (115). Sophomore forward Abigial Zoeller is a key reason for those numbers as she leads the conference in total shots (77) and assists (8), is second in points (28) and ranks third in goals (10).
Much like ETSU, the Bears also have an all-time winningest coach at the helm in Tony Economopoulos. The seventh-year coach has 75 wins for his career at Mercer.
The Bears lead the all-time series against ETSU with a 10-4-2 advantage, despite ETSU winning the last two of the last three contests.
As mentioned previously, Mercer defeated ETSU in Macon in overtime, 2-1. ETSU struck first on a goal by Elena Pisani (Milan, Italy) before the Bears tied things up in the 88th minute. After a scoreless first overtime period, Mercer scored the golden goal in the 102nd minute.
ETSU’s last win in the series came in its only overtime game last year. Current sophomore Sarah Connolly scored a PK in the 98th minute for the winning goal in 2017.
The two sides split in 2016, with Mercer taking a 3-2 win in the last matchup in Macon. ETSU returned the favor in the SoCon tournament, advancing to its first-ever SoCon Championship with a 3-1 win.
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