Summers-Taylor Stadium to play host to Longwood and Alabama A&M
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 1, 2011) – Coming off its first victory of the season this past Sunday over Radford, the ETSU women’s soccer team comes home to host a pair of matches this weekend against Longwood and Alabama A&M inside Summers-Taylor Stadium.
The Bucs first meet with Longwood on Friday, September 2, at 4 p.m., and then play Alabama A&M on Sunday, September 4, at 1 p.m.
“The mood and the spirit within the team have been very good since the Radford game,” said head coach Adam Sayers. “It was very good to get the win and we’ve had a very good week of training. We’ve got one more session this afternoon, which will be our final preparation for the game tomorrow, and we’re looking forward to the weekend.”
Against Radford, ETSU (1-2-0) put together a strong defensive performance led by senior goalkeeper Caitlin Gaughan (Indianapolis, Ind.). The back line, made up of senior Jessica Hiltenbrand (Bartlett, Tenn.), sophomores Samantha Kron (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) and Lindsay Bickel (Hampstead Md.), as well as freshman Ellis Parsons (Cardiff Wales) defended very well against the Highlanders, allowing only four of Radford’s 12 shots to reach Gaughan through the match. Making all four saves, Gaughan earned her first shutout of 2011 in helping the Bucs to a, 1-0, victory.
The lone goal in Sunday’s contest was scored by freshman Jenna Caudle (Middletown Md.) off a corner kick in the 80th minute by Kron. Caudle leads ETSU with two goals through the young season, while junior Morgan Thomas has added a goal of her own, scoring in the season opener against Wofford.
The Lancers (1-1-2) are led by junior Nikki Glisson and redshirt senior Alex Myers, both of whom have scored one goal and taken five shots a piece through Longwood’s first four contests. Glisson and Myers combined to score both of the Lancers’ goals in a, 2-0, shutout of Howard back on August 21.
Headed by 18th year head coach Tom Dyer, Longwood has outscored its opponents, 3-2, while also outshooting them, 49-41, this season. The Lancers started off the year with a scoreless draw to Richmond. After shutting out Howard, Longwood then lost to Elon, 1-0, before tying Liberty, 1-1, this past Monday.
“Longwood will be a strong opponent; they’ve had some good results thus far,” commented Sayers. “They’ve got a couple of very good players so the focus in training this week is how to negate the threat they impose and exploit their weaknesses.”
Alabama A&M (0-3-0), a member of the SWAC, is going through the process of rebuilding its women’s soccer program. With their last winning season coming back in 2007, going 10-8-3, the Bulldogs are looking to construct some success under head coach Frank Davies. Through their first three matches of 2011, the Bulldogs have been outscored by a combined 31-0, having lost 14-0, 8-0 and 9-0 to Austin Peay, Kennesaw State and South Florida respectively.
“We very much enjoy playing at home and it’s obviously great to host a pair of matches here this weekend,” said Sayers. “We have a beautiful facility and the pitch is always in perfect condition. We’ll have our own fans here and we know they’ll give us great support.”
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