The ETSU women’s soccer team came into the home match against Samford on Friday with a record of 5-3 at home.
In a low-scoring match, the Lady Bucs came away with a 1-0 loss at home.
At the start of the match, the Bucs came out playing good defense, stopping a potential goal.were miscues.
At the half, the Bucs and the Samford Bulldogs both went scoreless, though the Bucs would have scored multiple times had they not made errors.
The Bucs came into half time playing well on defense, after a few substitutions.
“We did a good job when we changed personnel,” said coach Adam Sayers. “We stayed with our system. That’s why I think we were successful.”
In the late minutes of the first half, with 16 minutes remaining, the Bucs had a chance to score, but came up short.
Four of the six shot attempts by the Bucs
To start the second half, the Bucs missed an early goal at the 40 minute mark inside the penalty area.
The Bucs struggled with fouls in the first half but did a better job in the second half.
At the 37:16 mark, the Bucs missed a penalty kick, then stole the ball and missed inside the penalty area.
Throughout the second half, the Bucs remained the more aggressive team. They had five shots compared to Samford’s two shots, and they remained composed as Samford tried to waste the clock.
At the 24 minute mark, the Bucs missed another potential goal in the goal area.
The Bucs then gave up a score at the 3:22 mark when the Bulldogs’ Malcanisha Kelley scored on a breakaway goal assisted by Taylor Borman.
The Bucs ultimately ran out of time, losing 1-0. After getting the win on Friday, Samford finished the regular season 8-0 in the conference.
“We played so well,” Sayers said. “The message for our team was shown tonight. We have nothing to worry about.”
The SoCon tournament begins on Wednesday. The Lady Bucs are currently ranked fifth in the conference standings.