|August 18, 2022||1st||2nd||Final|
|GWU||30:35||Livi Tanzer (Klara Ovefelt )|
|GWU||32:05||Rebecka Hemlin (Carina Leal )|
|ETSU||70:58||Aliya Cooper (Emma Arnold )|
|Stats at a Glance||GWU||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (4)||16 (5)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 17, 2022) – The ETSU women’s soccer team is set to open its 2022 campaign at home for the sixth consecutive season. They will host Gardner-Webb in a Thursday evening matchup at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
The match between the Bucs and the Runnin’ Bulldogs comes after two preseason exhibition matches, which were both on the road. The first being at Charlotte which ended in a 1-1 draw and the second being a 2-1 win at Tennessee Tech.
ETSU vs Gardner-Webb
Thursday, August 18 | 6 p.m. | Summers-Taylor Stadium
Looking to build off Yelton’s first two years in charge of the Bucs, 21 of the 28 players on the roster from the 2021-2022 season will be returning. With an addition of five new faces whom all are freshman.
Reigning Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and stand out sophomore goalkeeper, Shu Ohba (Fujisawa, Japan) looks to continue her success protecting the net after posting seven shutouts, which is a single-season school record.
In 2021, three different Bucs were tied for the leading goal scorer on the season. Junior forward, Kyra Ranvek (Knoxville, Tenn.) and senior midfielder Momoko Horiuchi (Paris, Tenn.) both scored twice for the Blue and Gold to lead the way.
Sophomore midfielder Lindsey Cook (Greenville, Tenn.) looks to improve from a season ago as she tallied three assists, which lead the team. Cook was one of three players to record at least one goal and one assist on the season. Six other Bucs recorded an assist on the season, but Cook was the only player with multiple assists.
After losing two key pieces in the backline for the Blue and Gold, seniors Taylor Limprevil (Spring Hill, Tenn.) and Rachel Reid (Maryville, Tenn.) have all the experience needed to lead a young position group with a combined 66 games played. All other defenders on the roster have a combined 25 games played, with two being newcomers.
With an overall balanced group the Bucs have both youth and experience with 12 players being upper classmen and 14 players being under classmen. The sophomore class leads the way with nine players and the senior class is right behind them with seven players.
Leading the Runnin’ Bulldogs for his ninth season, head coach Mike Varga has an overall record of 59-73-19. Posting an 8-12 record in the 2021 campaign, Gardner-Webb finished sixth in the Big South Conference.
In the conference tournament Gardner-Webb had a first-round exit after a 2-0 loss against Longwood in Farmville, Va. After losing their leading goal scorer from the 2021 season, the Runnin’ Bulldogs have added a stream of youth with the addition of 20 freshman to their roster for the upcoming campaign.
However, their second leading goal scorer will return for her sophomore campaign with the Runnin’ Bulldogs. The young team for Gardner-Webb is made of 30 under classmen and 15 upper classmen, with two of them being transfers from ETSU.
Having met six times, ETSU has come out victorious in one matchup back in 2007 holding a 2-0 victory at home. The overall 1-2-3 series record has ended in a draw the previous two matchups. Thursday evening will also be the first time since 2007 that the two teams face off in Johnson City. The last time the Bucs lost to Gardner-Webb was nearly 17 years ago in 2005.
Heading into the 26th season of the program, the Bucs hold a .500 record in their first games of the season. Entering the matchup with the Runnin’ Bulldogs at 12-12-1, the Bucs hold a better record when welcoming opponents to Johnson City on the season opener, going 8-4-1. The Bucs biggest season opening win came in 2017, blowing by South Carolina State in an 8-0 fashion. In head coach Jay Yelton’s first two seasons at the helm, the Bucs are 1-1 in season openers. In Yelton’s coaching debut ETSU fell to Marshall in a 2-1 overtime defeat, the match being played at Kermit Tipton Stadium on the campus of Science Hill High School after a waterlogged Summers-Taylor was deemed unplayable. In his second season opener the Bucs fought for a 1-0 win over Presbyterian.
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