Davis nets team-high seventh goal as ETSU cruises to victory
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 6, 2013) – The ETSU women’s soccer team wasted little time in getting back in the win column, shutting out Kennesaw State, 2-0, Sunday afternoon to clinch its fifth win in the past seven tries.
Sunday’s victory came on the heels of a tough last-minute loss to Mercer Friday night.
“The response today was excellent,” ETSU head coach Adam Sayers said. “You couldn’t have asked for more out of the girls. That is a trait that has existed over the past few seasons. They have always responded extremely well to adversity.”
The Buccaneers (6-5-1, 2-1-0) played true to their resilient nature, even after being outshot by Kennesaw State in the first half, 8-5, and entering intermission tied at 0-0.
Controlling play out of the gate in the second half, freshman midfielder Molly Collinson (Cramlington, England) netted the eventual game-winning goal in the 47th minute.
After receiving a laser-precise pass from fellow freshman Jenny Pöltl (Steinberg-Dorfl, Austria), Collinson settled the ball and blasted a shot past Kennesaw State keeper Olivia Sturdivant to give the Bucs the 1-0 lead. The goal was Collinson’s third of the season and third point of the weekend.
Junior forward Kristi Davis (Edmond, Okla.) added an insurance goal in the 76th minute, her team-best seventh of the season, off an assist from sophomore midfielder Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria).
“Molly [Collinson] and Kristi [Davis] took their goals very well,” Sayers said. “Sarah [Zadrazil] and Jenny [Pöltl] continued to create chances from very tight areas, while also doing a lot of work defensive work.”
Zadrazil, who is averaging 1.11 assists per game, entered the weekend as the NCAA Division I leader for the category.
In her first start of the season, freshman forward Simona Koren (Graz, Austria) recorded a pair of shots while providing a sturdy attacking presence for the Buccaneers’ front line.
“It is great to have Simona [Koren] available again,” Sayers said. “Her movement is first class, and created space and options for herself and others players. She was very good today, but when she regains full match fitness, she will be lethal.”
ETSU outshot the Owls (6-6-0, 3-1-0) by a 10-8 margin in the second half, allowing just six Kennesaw State shots on goal throughout the entirety of the game.
Freshman goalkeeper Jasmine Elliott (Preston, England) registered her first shutout of the season, making six saves, including an impressive stop of a Kennesaw State rebound attempt in the 23rd minute.
“Jasmine [Elliott] was a rock today,” Sayers said. “She kept us in it with a top-class save in the first half when the score was still 0-0.”
With the win, the Bucs improved their record at Summers-Taylor Stadium to 5-2-0 on the season. The loss was the first setback in league play for the Owls.
Following the victory, Sayers was impressed with his team’s unselfish and prideful performance.
“I am proud of the team,” Sayers said. “It was a disciplined, professional performance. Everyone was excellent. The deep midfield players—Cecilia [Re], Alexa [Passingham], and Emily [Engelhaupt], were solid throughout, breaking up counter attacks and playmaking from deep.”
Sayers went on to commend the squad’s defensive effort, as the Bucs recorded their fourth shutout of the season.
“The back four were brilliant, Sayers said. “Hannah [Short] and Samantha [Kron] controlled play from the back and distributed very well, but always dropping at the right time to prevent us getting caught back with an early ball over the top. The fullbacks balanced off well, supporting in wide areas, but balancing off well without the ball to help prevent counter attacks.”
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