JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 20, 2018) – A penalty kick and a successful one-on-one chance would be the demise of a two-year regular season undefeated conference streak for ETSU men’s soccer, as Furman won 2-0 in Johnson City.
Despite the loss, ETSU outshot Furman by a slim 16-14 margin in a seemingly close contest. Furman had the shot on goal advantage at 9-7, with the two additional shots making the difference.
“It was a good game and a tough game,” said ETSU head coach David Casper. “Furman is very good. They have a good record and are undefeated in league play. It was a good game.
“In the second half, we were fantastic. We just didn’t have that energy in the first half, and at the end of the day, that’s my fault. I have to get us ready, but I’m really proud of the second half performance.”
The first Furman goal came on a penalty kick by Laurence Wyke, as he drew a penalty in the box to set up the opening goal. Two minutes later, Furman struck again as Emery May scored after a deflected pass from Miles Fenton landed at his feet, setting up a one-on-one goal.
As Casper mentioned, ETSU frantically battled with a second half surge, firing off 12 of its 16 shots in the final 45:00. Cameron Woodfin (Old Hickory, Tenn.) and Bruno Andrade (Sao Paulo, Brazil) combined for seven shots, while Danny Barlow (Newcastle, England) and Nick Spielman (Melbourne, Fla.) each had two.
Aside from conceiting the penalty kick and one-on-one opportunity, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Josh Perryman (Sheffield, England) had a career-high seven saves for ETSU to surpass his previous high of five.
Up next for ETSU is senior night, as the Southern Conference’s newest member Belmont will come to Johnson City on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with senior day festivities to begin approximately 20 minutes prior to kickoff.
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