Women open conference play, cruise 7-1
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09
The East Tennessee State University Lady Bucs soccer team opened up conference play over the weekend.
Atlantic Sun rival USC Upstate rolled into Summers-Taylor looking to keep the Lady Bucs from getting back to their winning ways; ETSU was coming off a 1-0 loss to Tennessee Tech.
ETSU gave up an early goal but rallied back with seven unanswered goals to cruise to a 7-1 win.
“Every position across the field, the players put in a very good performance,” head coach Adam Sayers said. “It is important to bounce back from a loss.”
The Lady Bucs had a chance early on as a foul in Upstate territory gave ETSU a free kick, but the ball was deflected out. The Spartans answered back, driving down the field to force a corner kick. On the ensuing set-piece, Upstate was able to find the goal on a shot by Haley Gethin, 1-0 Upstate in the 5th minute.
ETSU looked to get back in the game immediately, but Upstate kept the Lady Bucs at bay. ETSU finally broke through in the 21st minute as sophomore Sarah Zadrazil sent a cross into the box area to freshman Molly Collinson. Collinson beat the goalie to tie the match at 1-1.
The Lady Bucs continued to attack looking for the lead before the half, and in the 33rd minute Zadrazil found the net off a rebounded shot from senior Lindsay Bickel, 2-1 ETSU.
The Lady Bucs added to the lead as Zadrazil was fouled in the box, leading to an ETSU penalty kick.
Freshman Cecilia Re walked up and sunk the ball into the net for the 3-1 lead with under 10 minutes left in the half. At the half, ETSU led the Spartans 3-1.
ETSU opened up the second half attacking again, and in the opening minutes added to the total as sophomore Hannah Short headed the ball in to take the 4-1 lead.
The Lady Bucs continued to roll as junior Jasmin Dutton found the net for a 5-1 lead.
The Lady Bucs offense was unstoppable as junior Kristi Davis beat the goalie to the ball and scored, 6-1 ETSU.
ETSU found the net for the final time as Collinson, in her collegiate debut found the net again, 7-1. The Lady Bucs cruised into the 7-1 victory over Upstate, starting the conference schedule with an exclamation point.
“I have been injured for the past six weeks so it is great to get two goals in my debut,” Collinson said. “To go one-nil down and come back and score seven goals is really good to start conference play.”
The Lady Bucs had six players with goals in the match, with Collinson scoring two and Zadrazil scoring one with four assists on the night.
The Lady Bucs tied a school record for most goals in a conference match since 2002, when ETSU was in the SoCon.
ETSU looks to continue their winning ways as Mercer rolls into town Friday at 7 p.m.