Lady Bucs drop weekend matches
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 00:10
The ETSU Lady Bucs limped into Summers-Taylor Stadium after a two-game road swing in Florida. The Lady Bucs struggled in the Sunshine State, dropping both games, 2-1 against Florida Gulf Coast and 3-0 to Stetson.
ETSU looked to get the season back on track in matches against the North Florida Ospreys and the Jacksonville Dolphins over the weekend. The Lady Bucs struggled on their way to a 2-2 draw against North Florida and a crushing 3-0 loss to Jacksonville.
“We just have to continue to play the game we have been playing,” said head coach Adam Sayers. “But we are not getting the rub of the green.”
ETSU came out attacking and put up four quick shots in their Friday night match but North Florida kept the game scoreless. The Lady Bucs continued to attack and finally broke through as sophomore Sarah Zadrazil took a shot from the top of the box and beat the goalie to take the 1-0 lead in the 7th minute.
The Osprey looked to get back in the game and forced the Lady Bucs back into their own territory. The pressure was too much as North Florida tied the match at 1-1 in the 17th minute. ETSU regained its composure and got back on top as freshman Molly Collinson took a cross from senior Samantha Kron and beat the goalie for the 2-1 lead in the 29th minute.
The Osprey, looking to get back in the game in the waning minutes of the half, found the net to knot the match at 2-2 at the half.
Both teams came out attacking in the second half but shot after shot was sent right back out. ETSU controlled the pace of play the entire second half, forcing the Osprey to cling to the tie.
The Lady Bucs continued to dominate, but after out-shooting the opposition 18-4, the second half ended in a 2-2 tie, sending the match to overtime.
ETSU continued to struggle in the first overtime period to find the shot to give them the win, but after 15 minutes of play, the game remained knotted, giving the Lady Bucs one final chance in second overtime to win the game.
The Osprey continued to hold on to the defensive scheme that kept the Lady Bucs off the board since the 29th minute and looked to escape Johnson City with a draw.
ETSU attacked and attacked, but as time expired the North Florida Ospreys stole the game from the Lady Bucs with a 2-2 draw, as ETSU out-shot the Osprey 46-12.
“Overall we had a good performance against North Florida,” said Sayers. “We had 46 shots and we deserved more than a draw out of this game.”
With the Friday night draw in the books, ETSU returned to Summers-Taylor stadium Sunday afternoon looking to get back in the win column in a matchup against the Jacksonville Dolphins.
In the early minutes of the game both teams struggled to move out of the middle of the field. The Dolphins were the first on the board as a defensive miscue on an ETSU pass-back led to a goal by Jacksonville, 1-0 JU. The Lady Bucs looked to immediately get back in the game as junior Kristi Davis sent in a ball that beat the goalie, but hit the post, bouncing out.
Another ETSU error led to the Dolphins extending their lead as a pass-back caught the Lady Bucs goalie by surprise and trickled into the net for an own goal, 2-0 Jacksonville. The Lady Bucs continued to struggle to get back in the game and at the half Jacksonville led 2-0, both coming off of defensive errors.
The woes of the Lady Bucs continued into the second half as ETSU struggled to control the ball. The Dolphins smart play kept the Lady Bucs from finding an open shot. Jacksonville added to their lead late in the second half for a 3-0 lead.
ETSU was unable to overcome the Dolphins defense to put a score on the board as Jacksonville cruised into a 3-0 win.
“We started the game well, and the girls carried out the game plan,” said Sayers. “We were preventing them from attacking the way they like but after 2-0 down we have to push forward more and leaves gaps for them.”