Samford's semifinal rally ends Bucs' historic season
Samford's semifinal rally ends Bucs' historic season
Friday, November 7, 2014

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Nov. 7, 2014) - ETSU's record-breaking season came to a close Friday as top-seeded Samford scored two second half goals to notch a 2-1 win in the SoCon Semifinals and secure a spot in Sunday's conference final.

The loss brought an end to ETSU's historic campaign in which the Buccaneers (15-6) set program single-season records for goals (73), assists (73), points (219), and wins (15). ETSU led NCAA Division I in scoring, goals, and assists during the regular season, and featured the nation's leading goalscorer, Hannah Short (Bristol, England) (27), and leading assister, Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) (20).

Short tallied her 27th goal of the season off a setpiece from Jasmin Dutton (Kinmel Bay, Wales) in the seventh minute to give ETSU an early 1-0 lead over the top-seeded Bulldogs (14-7).

Dutton, who entered the match ranking third in NCAA Division I for assists, finished the season with 18 total assists.

The Bucs did not allow Samford a shot attempt until the 34:06 mark in the first half.

ETSU outshot Samford, 5-4, in the opening half, taking the 1-0 advantage into intermission.

After the break, Samford knotted the game at 1-1 in the 62nd minute when Amanda Abbott converted a pass from Jermaine Seoposenwe.

The teams then traded quality scoring chances, with Samford's Seoposenwe hitting the crossbar on a 71st-minute strike. Just three minutes later, Dutton took a free kick for the Bucs that forced Samford's goalkeeper, Anna Maddox, to make a leaping save, punching the ball over the crossbar.

Seoponsenwe capped her stellar night with another assist, her second of the match, sending an 85th-minute cross into the box which Katie Danehy put away with a header.

ETSU's final shot attempt by Cecilia Re (Busnago, Italy) with 31 seconds left was thwarted by Maddox, who finished the match with five saves.

Samford will take on No. 3 Mercer in the SoCon Women's Soccer Championship Final Sunday at at 1:00 p.m., in Cullowhee.

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