Bucs and Bears Part II
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2022) – A week after meeting down in Macon to end the regular season, ETSU and Mercer will meet again.
This time it will be in the friendly confines of Summers-Taylor Stadium when the No. 2 seed Buccaneers host No. 3 Mercer in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament on Sunday at 3 p.m..
Hosting a semifinal contest for the first time since 2018, the Bucs look to reach their first finals appearance since 2016.
ETSU vs MERCER
Sunday, November 6 | 3 p.m. | Summers-Taylor Stadium
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- The Bucs finished 3-1-1 in conference play to earn the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, while finishing the regular season with an 8-5-3 mark.
- ETSU own a plus-11 goal difference at home this season, going 5-2 at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
- Forward Kieran Richards (Hamilton, New Zealand) leads the Bucs and is tied for eighth in the country with 11 goals scored.
- Goalkeeper Cole Hunter (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) is tied for 12th in the nation in shutouts, finishing the regular season with seven clean sheets.
- As a team, the Bucs are ranked 23rd nationally in goals against average (.875), allowing three goals in only one game during the regular season.
- The Bears enter the matchup with a 7-4-6 record, winning their previous matchup against No. 6 seed VMI in Friday’s SoCon tournament quarterfinal.
- The Bears enter as the No. 3 seed in the tournament seeding after finishing 2-1-2 in conference play.
- Michael Ille leads Mercer in goals with 7 while adding a pair of assists.
- Mercer enter the contest winning their previous two games.
- ETSU are 8-9-6 all-time against Mercer.
- The previous matchup ended in a 2-3 loss for the Bucs on Oct. 29 in Macon, Ga.
- At home, ETSU is 3-3-3 all-time when hosting Mercer.
- The last time ETSU and Mercer met in a conference tournament was in 2017 when the Bears defeated the Bucs in penalty kicks, 0-0 (4-3)
- The two teams also met in the 2016 SoCon title game when Mercer won in PKs, 0-0 (4-1)
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