Bucs open regular season vs. 2013 NCAA Tournament teams William & Mary and VCU
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 28, 2014) – First-year head coach Bo Oshoniyi and the ETSU men's soccer team will face a pair of tough tests to start the 2014 regular season as the Bucs head to Richmond, Va., to take part in this weekend's VCU Invitational.
In the tournament, the Buccaneers will go toe-to-toe with William & Mary (Aug. 29) and VCU (Aug. 31), two teams that, like ETSU, earned spots in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Both William & Mary and VCU received votes in the most recent NSCAA Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
NEW LOOK BUCS
Coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance last season, the 2014 Buccaneers feature 15 new faces on the roster following the departure of the 2013 senior class, the winningest class in program history.
ETSU returns seven point-scorers from a year ago, including Preseason All-SoCon selections Emmanuel Wilson (Memphis, Tenn.) and Donte Brangman (Southampton, Bermuda).
The Bucs went 2-0 this preseason, beating Milligan, 4-1, and Virginia Tech, 1-0.
WILLIAM & MARY TRIBE - Williamsburg, Va. - Colonial Athletic Association
Friday, Aug. 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday's match will serve as the season opener for both ETSU and William & Mary.
The Tribe return eight starters from last season's squad, including the team's top two point scorers from a year ago, Jackson Eskay (8G, 5A) and Chris Albiston (5G, 6A).
In 2013, William & Mary posted an 11-5-3 record, including two victories against the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. The Tribe, which was ranked as high as No. 21 last season, defeated No. 1 Creighton, 3-2 (2OT), Sept. 15, and No. 1 North Carolina, 1-0, Sept. 24.
William & Mary finished the 2013 campaign at No. 19 in the NCAA Men's Soccer RPI Rankings.
VCU RAMS - Richmond, Va. - Atlantic 10 Conference
Sunday, Aug. 31 at 3:30 p.m.
Like William & Mary, VCU also won 11 games a year ago, finishing the season with an 11-8-2 mark. The Rams were ranked as high as No. 17 last season.
Last September, VCU picked up a marquee road win over No. 13 and eventual national runner-up Maryland, 3-2. The Rams also earned a 1-1 draw with No. 9 New Mexico in 2013.
The Rams finished at No. 30 in last season's RPI rankings.
VCU returns its top two scorers from 2013, Kharlton Belmar (8G, 2A) and Dennis Castillo (6G, 1A).
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