JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 28, 2014) - Despite outshooting UNC Greensboro, 22-13, and hitting the post or crossbar three times, ETSU suffered a narrow, 1-0 setback in overtime Tuesday night inside Summers-Taylor Stadium.
The match, the Bucs' home finale, also served as Senior Night for ETSU. Prior to the contest, ETSU honored the achievements of its outgoing seniors: Nick Muth (Knoxville, Tenn.), Jeremy Saad (Sydney, Australia), and Anthony Wojas (Auxerre, France).
The Buccaneers (7-8-1, 3-5-1) started strongly in their final home match of the season, creating several quality scoring opportunities in the opening half, including three shots that deflected off the post or crossbar within the match's first 26 minutes.
Around the fifth minute, leading goalscorer Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil) fired a shot from the right side of the box that UNCG keeper William Pyle turned away. Junior Henrique Novaes (Vinhedo, Brazil) then collected the loose ball in front of the box, launching a quick shot that deflected off the right post.
Later in the half, Wojas, playing in his final game inside Summers-Taylor Stadium, fired a strong shot from just outside the box that hit the center of the crossbar. Just two minutes later, Ramalho saw a shot deflect off the crossbar, as well.
After outshooting the Spartans (4-11-2, 4-4-1) by an 8-5 margin in the first half, ETSU was forced into intermission locked in a scoreless draw.
The Bucs continued to dominate play in the second half, outshooting UNCG, 14-7; however, ETSU could not find the back of the net.
Still tied following regulation, ETSU and UNCG headed to overtime, the Bucs' third overtime match of the season.
Just 2:24 into extra time, UNCG's Jacques Francois intercepted an ETSU pass on the left side of the field and dribbled through the center of the pitch before launching a shot from 25 yards out that sent UNCG home with the 1-0 victory.
Entering the match, ETSU and UNCG were tied for fourth in the Southern Conference standings at 3-4-1.
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