ETSU men’s soccer scores first but gives up late goal
GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 15, 2022) – On Saturday night, the ETSU men’s soccer team battled for 90 minuets in Greensboro and finished with a 1-1 draw at No.23 UNC Greensboro. After a Kieran Richards (Hamilton, New Zealand) goal in the 26th minute, the Bucs held the lead for 60 minuets until conceding an 87th minute goal.
The Bucs move to 2-0-1 in conference play and 6-4-2 overall.
- 26’ – Kieran Richards scored his ninth goal of the season, assisted by Tarik Pannholzer (Flensburg, Germany).
- 87’ – Ismail El Harchi scored for UNCG, assisted by J.C. Ngando.
- Protecting the goal, Cole Hunter (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) saved UNCG’s only shot on target in the opening half with a big right hand to send the shot over the crossbar in the 14th minute.
- After a scoreless opening 25 minutes, Richards was fouled by a UNCG defender. The Bucs capitalized as Sebastian Reventlow-Mourier (Viborg, Denmark) played a ball into the 18-yard box. The ball fell to Pannholzer who played it to the SoCon’s leading goal scorer, Richards, who found the back of the net in the 26th minute of the contest.
- For the final 20 minutes of the first half the Bucs did not allow another shot.
- In the 53rd minute, Pannholzer found himself inside the 18-yard box and tried to place it past the UNCG goalkeeper, but it was just inches from the post.
- Almost 10 minutes later, UNCG was awarded a penalty. Hunter guessed the right way and came up with his third save of the night to keep the Spartans scoreless.
- Recording three shots after the blocked penalty, UNCG tried every way to get the equalizer, but to no avail for the moment.
- In the 87th minute, Ngando found space down the left side and crossed the ball into the 18-yard box, which found the head of El Harachi to score the equalizer for UNCG.
- Following a draw, both teams are tied for first place in the SoCon standings.
- Eight different Bucs played all 90 minutes for ETSU.
- Richards has now scored in all three conference games for the Bucs this season.
- With the tie, UNCG moves to 2-0-1 in conference play and 9-1-4 overall.
- The Bucs will travel to No. 11 Louisville on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
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