MSOC faces App. State tonight
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 23:09
With the move to the Southern Conference becoming official in the summer of 2014, the level of competition is sure to increase across all sports. The ETSU men’s soccer team is not waiting on the competition to come to them, instead they have sought out match-ups against teams that routinely test them. Appalachian State is coming to Summers-Taylor Stadium tonight as the next challenge for head coach Scott Calabrese’s crew.
Although the Mountaineers will be leaving the SoCon as ETSU becomes a new member, the contest will be a good reminder of the increased level of competition the Bucs will face come next year. While ETSU is no stranger to playing tough competition, with wins over the Kentucky Wildcats and nationally ranked University of Alabama Birmingham this season, the everyday grind of playing in a conference that currently holds a 28-16-8 combined record will be a change for the Bucs. Currently, the Atlantic Sun has a combined record of 15-33-12, all against non-conference opponents.
Appalachian State comes into the Johnson City with a 1-1-5 record and coming off a performance in the Hyatt Place Select Lipscomb Invitational that saw them play both host Lipscomb and former A-Sun member Belmont to consecutive draws. Both teams currently sport a better record than ETSU and Lipscomb is ranked one spot ahead of the Bucs in the Atlantic Sun standings.
ETSU is coming off a 5-0 defeat to Furman that snapped a year-long home win streak and a 440-minute streak without allowing a goal. The team is led by senior forward David Geno and goalkeeper Ryan Coulter. Red-shirt senior Luis Calzadilla has emerged as an offensive threat, his 17 shots this season outpace his next closest teammate by almost double digits.
The Mountaineers hold a 6-1 all -time advantage over ETSU and will surely look to notch one more win over an opponent that is in a sense taking their spot in the SoCon. ETSU faces App. State and Radford University before beginning conference play next Friday against North Florida. Coming off a let-down performance against the Paladins last Friday, the Bucs will surely use the next two contests to try and get back on track and work out any kinks before conference play begins.