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Bucs Open Season at VCU
Bucs Open Season at VCU
Thursday, August 29, 2019

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 29, 2019) – ETSU men’s soccer kick their season off with a tough non-conference matchup, taking on the Rams of VCU on Friday evening at 7 p.m. The Bucs head to Richmond before making the drive to Norfolk, Va. to take on Old Dominion on Monday.

 

Last Time Out

The Bucs started their exhibition out on a good note, grabbing a 2-0 shutout against UNC Asheville behind a goal from Josh Denton and a Bulldog own goal. The defense made an early impression as they recorded their second shutout of the preseason by blanking Radford to a 0-0 draw.

 

Media Central

Tomorrow’s contest will be streamed on ESPN+.

Live Video: ESPN+

Live Stats: etsubucs.com/livestats

Twitter: @etsumsoccer

 

About ETSU

The Bucs are set to have an embarrassment of riches to experiment with in their defense. Starting between the poles, Josh Perryman (Sheffield, England) returns after a freshman season that rewarded him with a Second Team All-SoCon selection. Also receiving Second Team All-SoCon recognition, John Lucchesi and Merveil Bilomba (Tours, France) look to solidify the backline with Joe Pickering (East Sussex, England). The redshirt junior has struggled with injuries and looks to get back to his freshman form where he earned SoCon Freshman of the Year while receiving Second Team All-SoCon accolades.

A host of fresh faces look to make their impression on head coach David Casper and fight with the veterans for a midfield spot. Jordan Broadwater (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Luke Howson (Sheffield, England) are amongst the returners that look to earn a spot in the starting 11, but will have to contend with the likes of Gilly Miller (London, England), Kieran Richards (Hamilton, New Zealand), Bradley Empson (London, England) and Jeremiah Edouard (Pompano Beach, Fla.) who enter their rookie campaigns. The Bucs also have transfers Simon Chretien (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Josh Salinas (Stafford, Va.) to contend for the spots in the middle of the pitch.

Bruno Andrade (Sao Paulo, Brazil) leads a host of attacking players who will look to spark the Bucs offensively. The senior is coming off an two straight First Team All-SoCon selections and will look to build from that in his final year as a Buc. Luke Parker (Memphis, Tenn.) has been a preseason presence at the attacking end while freshmen Mathias Aannestad (Tønsberg, Norway), Denton, Lucas Lightner (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Hauk Andreas Fossen (Moely, Norway) have all spent time up front in the early goings of the season.

 

About VCU

Coming off a 10-6-2 season, the Rams enter the season with high ambitions. Last season’s team made SportsBackers Stadium a fortress by going 8-3-1 in the friendly confines of their own field.

VCU was tabbed to finish first in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll from members of the conference. Junior defender Ulrik Edvardsen additionally was named to the preseason All-Conference Team.

The Rams return their leading goalscorer from a season ago in the form of Jared Greene. The junior forward returns six goals and two assists to the VCU lineup. The Rams have an open hole to fill from Siad Haji, who led the team in 20 points with five goals and 10 assists on the 2018 campaign.

Projected to start in goal for the Rams is sophomore Mario Sequeira. Last season Sequeira played all but 101 minutes in the net for the Rams.

 

Series History

In the only previous matchup of the two, the Bucs travelled to VCU and came out with a 2-1 victory over the Rams in 2014. Joao Ramalho scored both goals against a Rams team that was receiving votes in polls at the time.

The Bucs finish their Virginia trip by taking on Old Dominion in Norfolk on Monday, September 2nd. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

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