The three points gives the Bucs 13 on the season as ETSU will be the 3rd seed in the Atlantic Sun tournament. The Bucs will host Lipscomb who defeated USC Upstate 2-1 on Sunday in the first round of the tournament next weekend.
"This is a great achievement for our program and the players," said head coach Scott Calabrese. "To be able to qualify for the conference tournament, and to host as a three seed is a big achievement for a program that is just taking shape.
The Bucs (5-8-3, 4-4-1 A-Sun) and Bruins (3-13-1, 2-7-0 A-Sun) each took 12 shots in the match as ETSU had a 3-1 advantage in corners. Scott Rosman (
"I am very proud of the effort that they players have put in," Calabrese said. "Over the past month we have really improved as we have been getting good results. Having the opportunity to host really gives us an advantage, and gives us the chance to play in front of our fans on our field. Hopefully we can advance and continue on to an A-Sun championship."
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ETSU extended its lead in the 25th minute as Hoek intercepted the goal kick from Lou Manning and beat Manning one-on-one knocking the ball just over the Belmont keeper into the goal to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead. The Bucs outshot the Bruins 8-5 in the half as they took a 2-0 lead into the break.
Hoek picked up his second goal of the game in the 58th minute as he rocketed a free kick from just outside of the 18 yard box into the back of the net to make the score 3-0 ETSU.
"Sean played today like a man possessed," Calabrese said. "His contribution was great, and his second goal was pretty much unstoppable. Sean has really come on these last couple games and given us a lift. Playing as a left-sided midfield player he is able to find space and come inside and create chances. He is a player we are going to count on to lift us in the postseason."
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