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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 6, 2014) - Following an unbeaten weekend to start the season, the ETSU men's soccer team suffered its first setback of 2014, falling narrowly Saturday night to Big South opponent Radford, 1-0, inside Summers-Taylor Stadium.
The Buccaneers (2-1) played Radford to a scoreless draw through the first 58 minutes of play before allowing the Highlanders' game-winner in the 59th minute–a goal by junior defender Jamie Summers.
Summers beat ETSU goalkeeper Daniel Adelman following a disjointed battle for a loose ball in the box. Redshirt senior Chel Ho Park Kim finally found possession and tapped the ball to an open Summers for the score.
Redshirt junior Emmanuel Wilson (Memphis, Tenn.) recorded a team-best four shots, including a near goal in the 54th minute following a well-placed pass from freshman Samuel Sevigny (Beauport, Quebec).
The Buccaneers dominated possession throughout the final 10-15 minutes of regulation; however, ETSU was unable to find an equalizer.
Redshirt sophomore Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil), who has scored four of ETSU's five goals this year, recorded two shots in the match.
The Highlanders (1-2) outshot ETSU, 13-6, overall; however Radford had just one more shot on goal (3) than the Bucs (2).
Radford opened the season with a pair of narrow, one-goal losses at Clemson and No. 23 Charlotte.
"We have a young group right now, and in some crazy way, this is probably the best thing that could have happened to us," ETSU head coach Bo Oshoniyi said. "You can tell guys to watch out for complacency and things like that, but until they get smacked in the face with it, it sometimes turns into a reality. I think it's something we'll bounce back from."
ETSU, which opened the season with wins over regional powers William & Mary and VCU, will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m., as the Bucs visit Kentucky.
"I believe in this group," Oshoniyi said. "We had a lot of questions to get answered tonight, and we answered them. We found out some things–maybe not the answers we wanted–but they are things we will address and work on. I know this group is going to come back and have a great week of training, and we're going to give Kentucky all they can handle."
View the full postgame interview with Coach Oshoniyi below:
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