RADFORD, Va. (Aug. 20, 2018) – The ETSU men’s soccer team completed the 2018 preseason in Radford, Va. Monday night, scoring the final goal of a 1-1 draw at Patrick D. Cupp Stadium against the Radford Highlanders.
After nearly 45 minutes of scoreless soccer, Radford took momentum into the locker room with a last-second goal by Pape Oumar Gueye. From the top of the 18 with eight seconds left, Oumar Gueye booted a free kick in the net for the opening score.
ETSU would stay persistent in the second half, tying the game off a laser shot by senior Serge Gomis (Dakar, Senegal). From about 40 yards out, Gomis made a heads-up play from his midfield post, rocketing one through while the Radford keeper was off his line.
With tonight’s result, ETSU’s last three contests with Radford have ended in 1-1 draws. In regular season play, both sides tied at Radford in 2015 and in Johnson City last season.
The Bucs commence regular season play with back-to-back top-five Atlantic Coast Conference opponents — beginning with No. 3 North Carolina Aug. 24 in Greensboro, N.C. at Bryan Park. Two days later, ETSU will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on No. 5 Wake Forest.
Both of ETSU’s opening weekend opponents were part of the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Soccer Championship, with North Carolina making it to the final four and Wake Forest ending in the quarterfinals with the top-eight.
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