Women’s soccer welcomes regional powers for exhibition play

Friday, March 28, 2014

Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Vanderbilt to visit Summers-Taylor stadium for spring friendlies

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 28, 2014) – Continuing spring competition, the ETSU women’s soccer team will welcome three teams from some of the country’s elite conferences to Summers-Taylor Stadium this weekend, including 2013 College Cup participant Virginia Tech.

Fresh off a convincing 7-0 win over Tusculum, the Buccaneers will host ACC schools Virginia Tech and Clemson, and Vanderbilt of the SEC, for a full slate of spring soccer Saturday, March 29 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

9:00 a.m. – ETSU vs. Clemson

10:30 a.m. – Virginia Tech vs. Vanderbilt

3:00 p.m. – Vanderbilt vs. ETSU

4:30 p.m. – Virginia Tech vs. Clemson

“We are certainly happy to welcome Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Clemson to Johnson City,” ETSU head coach Adam Sayers said. “They are all very good teams, and we are looking forward to playing opposition of the caliber of Clemson and Vanderbilt. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can all enjoy a great day of quality soccer.”

Last season, No. 1 seed Virginia Tech advanced to the College Cup before falling in the national semifinals to Florida State. On Aug. 25, 2013, ETSU played the Hokies to a scoreless draw through 65 minutes before Virginia Tech sealed the win with two late goals.

LAST TIME OUT

The Buccaneers will enter the weekend coming off a 7-0 exhibition win over Tusculum in which four different ETSU players scored goals.

Hannah Short (Bristol, England) recorded a hat trick in the win. Cecilia Re (Busnago, Italy) added two more goals, while Summer Peterson (Lorton, Va.) and Sarah Zadrazil (St. Gilgen, Austria) each scored one goal.

After entering intermission knotted in a scoreless draw, the ETSU offense exploded for seven second-half goals.

“We played very well in the second half,” Sayers said. “We began the game implementing a new system of play, which required some players to perform in slightly unfamiliar roles.

“After we adapted to that, and the speed of the game improved, we created some very good chances and scored some nice goals in the second half,” Sayers continued. “We were defensively solid throughout. Overall, it was a very pleasing encounter.”

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