Thomas’ Game-Winner Keeps Lady Bucs Perfect in A-Sun Play
Play Video Coach Sayers and junior Morgan Thomas discuss the victory over North Florida. The victory is the Lady Bucs' ninth in their last 10 games as they move to 4-0-0 in conference play.
Coach Sayers and junior Morgan Thomas discuss the victory over North Florida. The victory is the Lady Bucs' ninth in their last 10 games as they move to 4-0-0 in conference play.
UNF (6-8-1 (2-3-0 A-Sun))
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East Tennessee State (9-3-0 (4-0-0 A-Sun))
10/7/2011 | Johnson City, Tenn. | Attendance: 307
1st2ndFinal
UNF101
East Tennessee State112
Scoring
ETSU9:08PETERSEN, Genna (KERNS, Ramey )
UNF18:19LENCINA, Carolina
ETSU78:39THOMAS, Morgan (PARSONS, Ellis )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
UNFDORSEY, Megan90:0023
UNFTEAM0:0001
ETSUGAUGHAN, Caitlin90:0014
Stats at a GlanceUNFETSU
Shots (on Goal)10 (5)12 (6)
Saves44
Offsides00
Corner Kicks83
Fouls58

Friday, October 07, 2011

ETSU continues its best conference start in program history

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 7, 2011) – Junior forward Morgan Thomas (Maryville, Tenn.) netted the game-winning goal in the 79th minute to snap a, 1-1, tie, as the ETSU women’s soccer team remained perfect in Atlantic Sun Conference play after capturing a, 2-1, victory over North Florida on Friday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium.

Thomas recorded her second goal of the year after freshman Ellis Parsons (Cardiff, Wales) found the Maryville, Tenn. native open with a cross through the left side of the box. Earlier in the match, senior Genna Petersen (Loveland, Ohio) put the Blue and Gold ahead, 1-0, after she lifted a shot past the keeper’s head in the 10th minute of the contest.

“I’m very happy with the result tonight,” commented head coach Adam Sayers. “We performed very strongly in the second half and created a couple of good opportunities before we eventually scored the winner.”

ETSU (9-3-0, 4-0-0 A-Sun) has now won five-consecutive matches to tie the program record set in a victory over Stetson on November 7, 2007. The win is also the Lady Bucs’ ninth in their last 10 games, outscoring their opponents 29-7 along the way.

The last three wins have not come easily, as ETSU has had to score a second-half goal to win, 2-1, in every match. The Lady Bucs have now played nine one goal contests with a record of 6-3-0 in those matches. Eight of the nine one-goal games have ended with a final of 2-1.

UNF (6-8-1, 2-3-0 A-Sun) put an equalizer through just nine minutes after Petersen’s goal gave ETSU the early lead, but were outshot 10-3 through the second half as Thomas’ clutch goal moved the Lady Bucs’ point total to 12 in conference play.

The scoring started when sophomore Ramey Kerns (Kings Mountain, N.C.) developed an opportunity in the 10th minute. Bringing the ball down along the near left side line, Kerns crossed a ball past UNF’s defense and hit Petersen in stride at the top of the box. The senior had nobody but the Osprey’s keeper, Megan Dorsey, in front of her, and fought off a trailing defender to blast a shot over Dorsey and through for a goal. The score was Petersen’s seventh of the season to tie her for the team lead with freshman Jenna Caudle (Middletown, Md.)

The Ospreys responded in the 19th minute courtesy of Carolina Lencina. The team’s leading shot-taker got free along the left side of the box, made a cut back on the ETSU defense and fired a shot past senior Caitlin Gaughan (Indianapolis, Ind.) in goal to equalize the match.

Although giving up a goal, Gaughan made four saves through the opening half and, as she has done all year, held UNF off the scoreboard through the rest of the match.

The Lady Bucs and Ospreys took the draw into halftime with UNF holding a 7-2 shot advantage while edging ETSU 2-1 in corners.

As has been the case throughout the season, the Lady Bucs took over in the second half. Barely over a minute had passed before Caudle broke free with an excellent opportunity to score. The freshman got Dorsey one on one and took a shot that slid by the keeper and seemed headed into the net, but the chance went begging right of the post to hold the game even.

The Middletown Md. native all but scored a second time, when a cross was sent in along the end line that Caudle redirected towards goal. The redirect went past Dorsey and rolled ever so innocently towards the goal line before an Osprey defender kicked the ball off the line before it fully crossed.

Caudle and Thomas took a game-high three shots each, with both putting two attempts on goal.

With the game still deadlocked, Parsons saw an opening and took the ball up the near right side of the field. With teammates in the box, Parsons crossed in a ball that bounced past Petersen and was settled down by Thomas. After taking one step towards goal, Thomas fired into the back of the net and ETSU held on through the final eleven minutes for the victory.

The Lady Bucs continue their brief home stand on Sunday afternoon, when they host Jacksonville in a battle of top A-Sun teams. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Summers-Taylor Stadium.

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WTEN ETSU
Oct 21 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MSOC ETSU 4 Lexington, Va.
Oct 21 VMI 0
VB The Citadel 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 21 ETSU 3
FB ETSU Kingsport, Tenn.
Oct 23, 6:00 p.m. Scrimmage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium
MSOC ETSU 0 Greenville, S.C.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Furman 3
VB ETSU 2 Birmingham, Ala.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Samford University 3
WGOLF Palmetto Intercollegiate Kiawah Island, S.C.
Oct 26 10th of 20
WSOC ETSU 2 Cullowhee, N.C.
Oct 26 Western Carolina 3
MSOC UNC Greensboro 1 OT
Oct 28 ETSU 0
MBB Blue/Gold Scrimmage Freedom Hall
Oct 30, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31
WCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31
WTEN ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct 31 University of Tennessee Fall Invite
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Oct 31, 7:00 p.m. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
WTEN ETSU
Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. University of Tennessee Fall Invite
WBB Milligan College Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 12:00 p.m. ETSU
FB ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 3:00 p.m. Homecoming scrimmage
WSOC ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 5:30 p.m. UNC Greensboro
VB University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. ETSU