|September 18, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|ETSU||29:06||Sarah Connolly (Anjela Kricak )|
|ETSU||41:54||Beatrice Abati (Jocelyn Nehls )|
|HAMP||82:35||Kynnedy Waldon (Courtney Moss )|
|Stats at a Glance||HAMP||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (3)||21 (10)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 18, 2019) – In the penultimate non-conference game of the season, the Bucs defeated Hampton at Summers-Taylor Stadium Wednesday afternoon in a 2-1 decision to move to 3-4-2 on the year.
Eager to right the ship from the previous week’s results, the Buccaneers came out with something to prove, peppering the Pirate goal early and often. Sarah Connolly (Bollygowan, Northern Ireland) grabbed the best opportunity in the opening thirty minutes as the junior was sent through one-on-one against the Hampton goalkeeper. Maya Andrews held her ground, making two big saves on her incredible performance over the course of the evening to keep the visitors level.
Andrews had no chance, however, on the stroke of the half-hour mark to prevent the Bucs from going ahead. Anjela Kricak (Krusevac, Serbia) and Connolly combined on a counter-attack and after Kricak initially took a wayward touch. The freshman recovered and sent a pass into Connolly, who blazed her shot into the opposite corner for her second goal of the season to break the deadlock.
ETSU doubled their lead just over 10 minutes later through yet another junior. After a seemingly wasted opportunity where the Bucs failed to get a shot off in a good position, the Pirate clearance deflected into the traffic inside the 18 yard box and fell to the foot of Jocelyn Nehls (New Richmond, Ohio). Nehls found the path of an oncoming Beatrice Abati (Milan, Italy) who coolly passed her effort on the ground into the bottom corner as she turned to celebrate with her team.
The Bucs went into the half with the 2-0 advantage, earning an 11-4 decision in shots and forcing Andrews into four saves.
The second half proved much of the same, the Bucs coming out with an aggression and attacking mindset towards goal. Outshooting the Pirates 10-2 in the second, ETSU were unable to find the final product that came to them in the first 45 minutes.
Hampton took advantage of one of their few opportunities on a counter attack, scoring in one of their only two shots of the half late in the second as Kynnedy Waldon looped an effort into the top right corner from 12 yards to make for a nervy final eight minutes for the Bucs. Despite the setback, the Bucs backline recovered with a strong ending to secure a victory for head coach Adam Sayer’s side
Tess Mrozek (Johnson City, Tenn.) finished the evening with two saves while supervising the Buc goal for the first 74 minutes. Freshman Courtney Green (Lake Worth, Fla.) manned the final 16 minutes, having the misfortune of being on the wrong side of Waldon’s unsavable effort. Connolly led the Buc offense with six shots on goal, as four other Bucs tested the keeper in the match.
The Bucs take more than a week hiatus, returning in a home contest against Western Carolina on September 27. The match will take place at Summers-Taylor Stadium in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
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