ETSU looking to avoid third straight loss, falling to .500
ROCK HILL, S.C. (Sept. 21, 2012) – The ETSU men’s soccer team heads to Rock Hill, S.C. on Saturday, looking to put an end to consecutive losses as it battles Winthrop on Eagle Field at 7 p.m.
ETSU (4-3-0) enters Saturday night’s game on a two-game losing streak, coming up empty against the Wildcats of both Davidson and Kentucky. The two consecutive non-conference losses are the program’s first since 2009, when it lost three in a row to Elon, North Carolina and UNC Asheville. All three of the Buccaneers’ losses this season have come on the road. ETSU’s only road win came, 1-0, at Presbyterian.
The Bucs will have to find a way to win on the road Saturday if they want to avoid falling to .500 this late into the season for the first time in three years. The 2009 squad went 6-9-3, and was 1-4-3 though its first eight games.
Junior David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) has had the hot foot for ETSU, having scored the lone ETSU goal in the Bucs’ last two contests. Geno leads the team with five goals, and has one assist to his credit to also head the Bucs in points with 11. His goals and points totals lead the A-Sun in each category.
ETSU’s Last Outing
The Buccaneers fell to 0-2 on their four-game road trip with a, 3-1, loss to Kentucky. Three different Wildcats scored, with Steven Perinovic getting credit for the game-winner in the 74th minute. UK added on a third goal with seven minutes to play, putting to rest any doubt of the result.
The Bucs went into halftime trailing 1-0, but leveled the score just 69 seconds into the second half when Alesi Osorio (Austin, Texas) was tripped up in the box to award ETSU a penalty. Geno stepped up for the Bucs, converting the chance to make ETSU a perfect two-for-two on penalties this season. Luis Calzadilla (Caracas, Venezuela) owns the other, punching in the game-winner in overtime to defeat Radford, 2-1.
Scouting the Eagles
Winthrop (2-4-0) will be looking to end its own losing streak, as it enters Saturday on a three-game slide. The Eagles began the streak competing at the 37th annual Stihl Soccer Classic, falling to VCU, 3-0, and Old Dominion, 3-2. Their most recent loss came Wednesday at the College of Charleston, 4-2. Saturday will be Winthrop’s first home game since it defeated Brevard College, 4-1, in its season opener on Aug. 24.
Mason Lavallet owns the team-lead in goals, having scored four times in six games played. Lavallet has also tallied one assist to lead the team with nine points. Marc Segarra is the Eagles’ only other multi-goal scorer, netting two in just 36 minutes of game action this season.
ETSU and Winthrop have met one other time in their series history, with the Bucs coming away victorious at Summers-Taylor Stadium, 2-0, on Sept. 15, 2010. Geno scored his first career goal just 4:30 into the game to put ETSU ahead, and Aaron Schoenfeld put in the insurance goal with 39 seconds to play.
The two sides were scheduled to meet last year at Eagle Field, but the game was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Live stats will be available through Stat Broadcast on ETSUBucs.com. Video will also be available via the Big South Network. Fans who do not have a subscription can view the game for a one-time purchase of $4.95.
- The Bucs will be without sophomore defender Simon Schroettle (Rain, Germany), as he is forced to sit out a game after being issued a red card for a foul in the loss to Kentucky.
- ETSU will be looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2009, and falling to .500 eight games into the season since ’09.
- The road has not been too kind to the Bucs, as they are 1-3-0 in road games this year. ETSU defeated Presbyterian, but has fallen to Appalachian State, Davidson and Kentucky.
- On its current four-game road trip, ETSU is 0-2. The Bucs began the swing last Saturday at Davidson, 2-1 (2OT). Winthrop will be the third opponent in that stretch, with Furman to follow next Thursday.
For more information on ETSU men’s soccer, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s soccer links.