|October 29, 2019||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|ETS||106:46||Dominic Foster (Bradley Empson )|
|Stats at a Glance||ETS||BEL|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (4)||10 (5)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 28, 2019) – The ETSU men’s soccer team (6-7-2, 2-2 SoCon) look to avenge their last performance this past weekend, as they head to Belmont for the penultimate SoCon match of the regular season and their last road battle on Tuesday evening, taking on Belmont in Nashville at 7:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
After outscoring their opponents 7-1 in the last three matches, the Buccaneer offense couldn’t muster any offense in the 1-0 loss to UNCG last Saturday. ETSU’s leading scorer Hauk Andreas Fossen (Moelv, Norway) sat out due to yellow card accumulation, as Kieran Richards (Hamilton New Zealand) recorded the first red card from the Bucs on the season with less than 15 minutes left in the game. The Spartans capitalized with a spectacular curling effort in the 87th minute to take home the spoils.
The matchup with the Bruins will be available on ESPN+. Live stats will be provided to follow along to the minute during the contest.
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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. After sitting out in the UNCG game, Fossen still holds a three-game streak in which he has scored a goal.
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 (16) 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 50 while holding a .60 advantage on the next closest keeper in save percentage with a .769. 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.
The Bruins enter the midweek matchup fifth in the SoCon standings, tallying a 1-1-1 record. On the season, Belmont holds a 3-8-2 record, but is coming off a 3-1 win over VMI on Saturday.
In 13 games, the Bruins have scored just 18 goals, ranking sixth in the conference. Belmont has provided 15 assists to their 18 goals while creating 55 corner opportunities. The Bruin defense sits in the middle of the SoCon standings, allowing 25 goals over the course of the season.
The Bruins enter the match with one of the most effective strikers in the conference. Niccolo Dagnoni has scored seven goals and three assists on the year, good for second in the SoCon in points as well as tied for second in goals scored. Dagnoni joins teammate Brett Royster in a tie for eighth in the conference with their three assists, while Jordan Dozzi has four assists for the Bruins.
Nicolo Dini has safeguarded the Bruin net in 10 appearances, ranking fifth in the conference in save percentage at a .672 clip. Dini ranks fourth in saves in the SoCon, collecting 39 in 10 appearances, a 3.90 save mark per game that ranks second in conference.
Last season marked the first time in seven years the two teams collided, the Bucs earning a 2-1 win at Summers-Taylor. Over the course of the history, the Bucs hold a 3-2 series advantage over the Bruins despite a 1-2 record on the road.
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