September 26, 20211st2nd1OT 2OT Final
MEREbert, Jordyn110:0004
ETSUOhba, Shu110:0009
Stats at a GlanceMERETSU
Shots (on Goal)17 (9) 9 (4)
Corner Kicks51
Yellow Cards24
Red Cards01
ETSU women’s soccer ends homestand with scoreless draw to Mercer
ETSU women’s soccer ends homestand with scoreless draw to Mercer
Monday, September 27, 2021

Bucs, Bears play physical match to both earn a point in SoCon play

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 26, 2021) – For the fourth time this season and third time in four matches, the ETSU women’s soccer team played to a double-overtime tie, as the Buccaneers and Mercer Bears were held scoreless in 110 minutes of action on Sunday night inside Summers-Taylor Stadium.


Coming off a 2-0 setback to The Citadel on Friday, the Bucs earned a point in the conference opening weekend as ETSU moved its record to 3-2-3 overall and 0-1-1 in SoCon action. The Bears, who won 3-0 at Western Carolina two nights ago in their SoCon opener, are now 4-3-2 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play.

Freshman Shu Ohba (Fujisawa, Japan) earned her fourth clean sheet of the season as she saw her mark move to 3-2-3. The Buccaneer rookie tied a career-high with nine saves – six coming in the second half – and one in the second overtime stanza. Ohba also made nine saves in the scoreless draw to Tennessee Tech on Sept. 17, leading to her being named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week.

Mercer’s Jordyn Ebert moved her record to 4-3-2 after stopping four shots on the night.


Emotions were high on the pitch Sunday night as the teams combined for 40 fouls, including seven cards (six yellow and one red). Both halves saw 16 fouls each, while there were eight total fouls in the overtime periods. The head coaches were both given yellow cards in the later stages of the second half, while three Buccaneers were booked for yellows – one in the first half and two in the second.

The Bucs were forced to go the final 15 minutes a player down as freshman Ellie Cornell (Knoxville, Tenn.) was given a red card after she took down a Mercer player as the teams were lining up for a Bears free kick in the 95th minute.

Sophomore midfielder Sinoxolo Cesane (Capetown, South Africa) whose second-half yellow also led to Coach Yelton picking up his card, was charged with six fouls in the match.

Mercer out-shot ETSU by eight, 17-9, but the Bucs had two stellar chances to break the stalemate – both coming off the foot of junior midfielder Katie Philips (Tega Cay, S.C.). Five minutes into the second half, Philips stole the ball away from Kylie Buchanan and made a move just outside the box to fire one near the left side of the post. However, Ebert made a diving save as the ball deflected off her hands, hit the post and bounced right back into her arms, keeping it a 0-0 contest. Later in the frame, Philips came back on the field and made her presence felt minutes after returning to the pitch. Coming off the Bucs’ lone corner of the night in the 78th minute, Philips controlled the ball and fired one past Mercer defenders but Ebert was there for the save. Then, a minute and 20 seconds later, the Buccaneer junior dazzled the fans with some excellent footwork to get past two Bear defenders as she cleared space in the left side of the box but shot it wide right of the open net.

Philips led all ETSU players with three shots on the night, while Mercer had three players generate three shots.

Ohba made six saves in the second half, including two in the first seven minute of the stanza and two in the final three and a half minutes to send the game into overtime. In overtime, the Buccaneer freshman keeper made her only save in the 109th minute when a shot from Ciara Whitely went to the bottom right-hand corner of the net. All three of Whitely’s shots were on goal as her other two came in the opening seven minutes of the second half where Ohba stepped up and made the crucial stops.

Ohba was one of five Buccaneers to play all 110 minutes on Sunday. Joining Ohba were fellow freshmen Sydney Somogyi (Germantown, Tenn.) and Lindsey Cook (Greeneville, Tenn.), junior Taylor Limprevil (Spring Hill, Tenn.) and senior Raffaella Giuliano (Caserta, Italy).


The Blue and Gold hit the road for the first time in SoCon play as ETSU takes on Wofford Friday night at  7 p.m. and Furman Sunday at 2 p.m.

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