ETSU, Winthrop play 2OT draw
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 20:09
The ETSU Bucs looked to build on their win over Kentucky in a tough match against the Winthrop Eagles. Winthrop is coming off a season that saw them advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Bucs hoped to build momentum for a tough road swing but after 110 minutes of tough, physical soccer, the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
“We have a lot of new players that are getting in tune with our philosophy,” coach Scott Calabrese said. “As the season goes, all we will need is that final pass and to finish it.”
The Bucs had a chance early in the match to take a lead on a corner kick, but the cross in was cleared by the Eagle defense before ETSU was able to threaten. A defensive miscommunication by the Bucs gave Winthrop a chance on a fast breakaway, but ETSU was able to recover and stop the Winthrop offense.
ETSU looked to get on the board as senior Jonny Campbell curved in a shot from just outside of the box, but the Winthrop goalie was able to punch the ball out. The Eagles then looked to take advantage of a foul deep in ETSU territory, but the ensuing free kick was easily sent out by the Buc defense.
Winthrop continued to press the Bucs onto the ETSU side of the field. The Eagles continued to press and had a chance to take the lead late in the first half as a Winthrop shot hit the side bar and bounced across the goal before an ETSU defender was able to clear the ball out.
ETSU had a chance in the waning minutes of the first half on a free kick and two consecutive corner kicks, but the Bucs were unable to convert to end the half in a scoreless 0-0 draw.
ETSU started the second half strong, pushing the Eagles back, but both teams struggled to keep tempers in check. The Bucs continued to hunt for the lead as red-shirt senior Luis Calzadilla dribbled into the box and took the shot but the Eagle goalie was able to deflect the ball out. ETSU continued to attack but the shot from freshman William Nordenstrom sailed over the goal.
Both teams continued to hunt for the opening goal but as minute after minute ticked off the clock, the game remained scoreless. ETSU had a chance for the winning goal but after two deflections, the Eagles goalie finally grabbed the ball. At the end of regulation the game remained scoreless, sending the match into overtime.
The second half was a far better performance,” Calabrese said. “Lots of movement off the ball, looking to push forward.”
ETSU continued to attack in the first overtime period, but a run near the start of the OT almost ended the night for the Bucs, only a goal-line save by freshman Thibault Civalier kept the ball out of the net.
The Bucs took cross after cross, but every time the Bucs had a chance the Eagles were able to shunt it away. At the end of the first overtime period the game remained scoreless, sending the match to a second overtime period.
Both teams continued to hunt for the goal and Winthrop had the golden chance as senior goal keeper Ryan Coulter barely got his fingers on the ball to deflect it away from the goal. The Bucs were able to clear the ball out but the Eagles were right back on the attack. Both teams were unable to overcome stout defense as a 0-0 draw entered the record books.
The Bucs outshot Winthrop 17-9 with 7 shots on goal compared to the Eagles 3 but ETSU was unable to get any past the Eagle defense. Now the Bucs hit the road to continue their tough non-conference schedule in matchups against UAB and Memphis.