Bucs blank VMI, 2-0, for first SoCon win
Ekern's game-winning header (Photo by Dakota Hamilton)
Bucs blank VMI, 2-0, for first SoCon win
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 7, 2014) - The ETSU men's soccer team picked up its first Southern Conference win of the season Tuesday night, defeating VMI, 2-0, inside Summers-Taylor Stadium. The result was the also the first shutout of the year for the Bucs.

ETSU outshot the Keydets (1-9-1, 0-3) by a 20-2 margin in the contest and benefited from goals by freshman Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.) and senior Anthony Wojas (Auxerre, France).

Ekern gave the Bucs (5-5, 1-2) a 1-0 lead with a 27th-minute header, the eventual game-winner, off an assist from sophomore William Nordenstrom (Linkoping, Sweden). The goal was the first of Ekern's collegiate career.

ETSU sealed the victory with a 64th-minute score by Wojas, who was assisted by ETSU's leading goal scorer, Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil). The goal was Wojas' first of the season.

Ramalho attempted a game-high 10 shots, six of which were on goal. The redshirt sophomore was not able to find the back of the net; however, had several solid scoring opportunities, including an 11th-minute shot that glanced the crossbar, and a pair of shots at 18:05 and 18:08 that VMI keeper Alex Guerra turned away, making two terrific saves.

Guerra made 10 saves for the Keydets, including a 57th-minute stop of a Nordenstrom shot on a breakaway.

The Bucs will continue SoCon play Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m., as they visit UNC Greensboro.





VIDEO: Fletcher Ekern and Head Coach Bo Oshoniyi

PHOTOS: Click here to view a photo gallery of the match (photos by Dakota Hamilton).


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