November 10, 20161st2ndFinal
ETSU3:53Joao Ramalho (Fletcher Ekern )
ETSU12:27Mitchell Cecatiello
ETSU48:33Serge Gomis (Joao Ramalho )
ETSU55:38Javier Alberto (Cameron Woodfin )
UNCG61:55Eric Gunnarsson
ETSU70:44Cameron Woodfin
UNCG84:17Ethan Wells (Damieon Thomas , Matt Mattis)
ETSUJonny Sutherland90:0026
UNCGLogan Rohde60:3342
UNCGJon Milligan29:2711
Stats at a GlanceETSUUNCG
Shots (on Goal)13 (8) 21 (9)
Corner Kicks010
Yellow Cards11
Bucs shine in SoCon Tournament Semifinals with a 5-2 victory over UNCG
Bucs shine in SoCon Tournament Semifinals with a 5-2 victory over UNCG
Thursday, November 10, 2016

ETSU to play winner of No .2 Mercer/No. 3 Wofford in SoCon Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 10, 2016) – For the second straight year, ETSU men's soccer upended UNCG in the SoCon Tournament Semifinals in 5-2 fashion as five different Buccaneers found the back of the net to advance to the SoCon Championship on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m.

Interesting facts

  • For the second straight season, the Bucs defeated UNCG in the SoCon Semifinals to advance to the SoCon Championship. The SoCon Championship is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
  • ETSU hasn’t lost a match to UNCG in the previous six head-to-head games.
  • This is the second straight season ETSU has advanced to the SoCon Championship. The Bucs are searching for their first-ever SoCon Tournament Title.
  • This is the first time this season five different players scored a goal in a match.
  • Four of the five goals scored by ETSU were scored within the first 13 minutes of each half.
  • The 12-win season marks the second-most victories in a season in program history (15 in 2010).
  • With goals by Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil) and Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.), ETSU has three players that have netted at least five goals this season.
  • ETSU is now 12-1 when scoring at least one goal.
  • Mitchell Cecatiello (Pascagoula, Miss.) scored his first goal of the season off a UNCG defensive miscue.
  • When Woodfin gets on the scoresheet, ETSU is 10-0. Woodfin recorded a goal and an assist against UNCG.

How it happened

The biggest aspect of the match was defensive miscues and both teams took advantage of the opportunities. The first miscue was taken advantage by ETSU when Ramalho scored his fifth goal of the year. He worked right up the middle of the UNCG defensive half. Fletcher Ekern (Knoxville, Tenn.) flicked a ball to his left to Ramalho who rocketed the ball past the UNCG keeper to take the 1-0 lead in the 4th minute.

Given another opportunity in the 13th minute, Cecatiello took advantage by scoring his first goal of the season. The UNCG goalkeeper tried to kick the ball downfield but miss-hit the ball and fell to the feet of Cecatiello about 30 yards out from the UNCG goal. In a three-on-three scenario, Cecatiello worked his way into the penalty box on the right side and struck the ball under a diving Spartan goalkeeper. The goal pulled the Bucs to a 2-0 lead.

Going into halftime, the Bucs found themselves up 2-0, but the Spartans had a narrow advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes. 

Just like they did to start the game, the Bucs scored two goals early. This time ETSU netted a pair of goals within the first 11 minutes of the second half.

Serge Gomis (Dakar, Senegal) scored his third goal of the season to take the 3-0 advantage in the 49th minute. Ramalho worked off another counter and worked past the UNCG left-back. After working into the attacking third, Ramalho dished a pass that ultimately found Gomis. Gomis put a foot on the ball and found the right place as it rolled into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.

Redshirt freshman Javier Alberto (Johnson City, Tenn.) joined in on the scoring as he netted his third goal of the year. He snuck behind the UNCG backline and was fed a through pass into the UNCG penalty box. With the Spartan keeper approaching, Alberto snuck the shot past the sliding keeper to take the commanding 4-0 lead in the 56th minute.

Just six minutes later, UNCG scored off an ETSU defensive miscue that led to a Spartan penalty kick. Eric Gunnarsson took the kick and drilled the ball into the right side of the net to pull the game to 4-1. 

The Bucs padded their lead in the 71st minute when Woodfin found the scoresheet for a second time in a match. Woodfin went streaking down the right side of the pitch and outhustled the UNCG defense. In a one-on-one situation with the UNCG keeper, Woodfin snuck a beautiful goal that just found the left side of the net. It was his third point of the match as he earned the assist on Gomis’ goal in the 49th minute.

The Spartans tried to comeback from four goals, but they were only able to net one goal in the 85th minute as Ethan Wells made the game 5-2.

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