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Bucs and Spartans Clash in SoCon Showdown
Bucs and Spartans Clash in SoCon Showdown
Friday, October 25, 2019

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 25, 2019) – The ETSU men’s soccer team look to continue their recent form on Saturday evening, hosting the UNC Greensboro Spartans in a SoCon showdown at Summers-Taylor Stadium in a 7 p.m. kickoff. Fans are encouraged to pack the bleachers while wearing white in the annual white out game for the Bucs.


Last Time Out

After returning home after a four game road trip, the Bucs continued their recent form in a 2-0 win over SoCon opponent Mercer on Tuesday evening. Coming into the game as the two best defensive teams in the conference, it was David Casper’s side that came out on the other end with their fourth shutout of the season, holding the league’s leading scorer Trevor Martineau at bay while Hauk Andreas Fossen (Moelv, Norway) and Kieran Richards (Hamilton, New Zealand) added to each’s goal accounts to win their third straight match.


Media Central

Play-by-play commentator Mike Gallagher will be on the call for Tuesday’s matchup on ESPN+. Live stats will be provided to follow along to the minute during the contest.

Live Stats: etsubucs.com/livestats

Live Video: ESPN+

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About ETSU

After making their way back to Summers-Taylor from a four-game road trip, ETSU enters the match with a three-game win streak, the best form of the season for the Bucs. The Blue and Gold have collected back to back clean sheets in the conference, outscoring their SoCon foes 5-0 in the two games.

The Bucs sit in fifth in the conference in goals scored with 19. 17 of the 19 goals have come from freshmen, as Hauk Andreas Fossen (Moelv, Norway) leads the team with seven goals, surpassing the all-time freshman school record for goals in a season with his mark against Davidson. Rookie counterpart Kieran Richards (Hamilton, New Zealand) joins Fossen in breaking the school record, and is second on the team in points, adding two assists to his five goals on the year. The two rippled the net again against Mercer, making three straight games with a goal for Fossen while Richards has netted in his last two.

Simon Chretian (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Bradley Empson (London, England) have been integral in the connection between the defense in the attack over the course of the season, while Gilly Miller (London, England) and Richards have provided creativity from the attacking midfield role, combining for seven goals and three assists between the two. Jeremiah Edouard (Pompano Beach, Fla.) grabbed his first goal of his collegiate career in the 3-0 win against VMI.

Despite an injury-plagued defense, the Bucs have shown strength in depth as they lead the Southern Conference in a variety of defensive statistics. The Bucs sit on top with Furman with four shutouts recorded by each of them. The Bucs have begun separating themselves as the leaders in goals allowed (15) and goals allowed average (1.02). Leading the way for the Bucs defense, captain Merveil Bilomba (Tours, France) is one of three Bucs to start in all 14 matches this year. Austin Bihlmeyer (Knoxville, Tenn.) has been a consistent presence on the left side of defense, while both Joe Pickering (East Sussex) and John Lucchesi (Johnson City, Tenn.) have fought off injuries through portions of the season. Freshmen Phillip Hildebrandt (Charlottenlund, Denmark) and Cameron Carroll (Clarksville, Tenn.) have provided depth along the wide defensive roles.

Earning a SoCon Defensive Player of the Week nod earlier in the year, Josh Perryman (Sheffield, England) has been nearly an ever present in the Buccaneer goal, playing all but 94 minutes of the season so far. Perryman ranks second in the SoCon in saves with 47 while holding a .60 advantage on the next closest keeper in save percentage with a .770. Fossen joined Perryman to sweep the conference awards with the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week with his brace against High Point, while Pickering also received SoCon DPOTW honors this season.


About UNCG

The Spartans enter Johnson City second in the conference. Despite their overall record of 5-8-1, UNCG has found their rhythm in conference play, tallying a 3-1 record heading into their penultimate game of the regular season.

In 14 games, the Spartans have scored 23 goals to put them second in the SoCon in scoring. UNCG has provided 17 assists to their 23 goals while creating 78 corner opportunities. The Spartans have one of the stingiest defenses in the league, allowing 21 goals to rank third in scoring defense. Sitting in last with only 40 saves, the defense has limited the opposition to quality chances, allowing just over four shots on goal per game.

The Spartans have a trifecta threat of attackers leading their offense. Both Albert Pedra and Micah Albert share eighth place in the conference in points, tallying five goals and one assist. Casey Penland sits right below them, also scoring five goals on the year. UNCG hosts three players in the top 10 in terms of creativity, as Matthew Cutler, Nelson Oceano and Ethan Conley all have registered three assists.

Two goalkeepers have shared significant action for the Spartans. Brendan Pulley leads the keepers with eight appearances on the year and 730 minutes, allowing just nine goals while recording 20 saves. Ricky Zarri has played in six matches for UNCG, allowing 12 goals on 18 saves.


Series History

The Bucs hold a 6-4-5 overall series advantage over the Spartans, including a nine-game unbeaten streak against their SoCon foes. Five of the past nine games have been played to a draw, including the last time played at Summers-Taylor Stadium in 2017.


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