The ETSU men’s soccer team came into Tuesday’s match against Furman with an impressive 4-1 home record.
Though they strived to improve to 5-1 at home, the Bucs were defeated 2-0, resulting in their second home loss of the season.
At the start of the match, both ETSU and Furman had miscues on potential scores.
Furman struck first, scoring around the 35 minute mark.
Josiah Baker scored for the Paladins in the penalty area after the Bucs’ goalie stopped the kick, but the ball still rolled into the goal, giving Furman a 1-0 lead.
The Bucs gave an aggressive performance, attempting eight shots in the first half alone.
Despite the many attempts, miscues kept the Bucs from scoring.
At the 23:30 mark, the Bucs were given a yellow card, but with great communication on defense, they were able to stop the Furman score attempt.
Throughout the first half, the Bucs defense played well, but the offense couldn’t find its rhythm.
At the 17:35 mark, the Bucs had a great opportunity to score but like most of the shots they had taken in the match, it came up short of the goal.
Despite a few bad or no calls, the Bucs stayed composed, holding Furman to only one score before halftime.
The Bucs gave Furman easy shot attempts after getting seven fouls in the first half.
The Bucs came out with a lot of energy to start the second half, but their two opening shots came up short of the goal.
At the 7:16 mark in the second half, Furman scored on a penalty kick, giving them a 2-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, there just wasn’t enough time to attempt a comeback.
Even in the second half, the Bucs remained the more aggressive team, attempting six shots.
They even lowered their fouls, grabbing just three in the second half.
The Bucs showed real improvement in the second half but it wasn’t enough to finish the match with a win.
“We really just wanted to create more pressure, which helped us create some chances,” head coach Bo Oshoniyi said. “We just had a few miscues.”
The Bucs can learn from this match against Furman.
“We gotta learn from this game by overcoming teams getting easy goals, and once we do that, we will be in games,” Oshoniyi said.
The next home game for the Bucs will be against Wofford at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
“We really want to dig ourselves out of this hole,” Oshoniyi said. “We’re a young team, so we just want to improve for tournament time.”