JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -
The Stetson women's soccer team (2-7-0, 0-1-0) opened up Atlantic Sun Conference play
on the road Friday night, falling to ETSU (7-2-0, 1-0-0) by a score of 3-1. The Bucs got out to an early lead, scoring in
the sixth minute of play, and the Hatters were never able to recover.
ETSU's Ramey Kerns, who is now just one goal shy of the
school's single-season record after putting a pair in the back of the net
Friday night, helped get the Bucs out to their quick start. After Emilee Engelhaupt stole the ball from
Stetson near midfield, she played it down the left side of the field to a
streaking Morgan Thomas. Thomas, quick
to counter against the Hatters, crossed the ball to Kerns who finished on one
touch to put Stetson behind early on.
The Hatters played the Bucs pretty evenly for the rest of
the frame, finishing the first half with five shots to ETSU's seven, while each
team recorded only a single corner kick.
Still plagued by injury and illness, the young Stetson Hatters battled
in the second period, but may have just run out of gas as only 13 players
garnered the majority of the minutes.
Kerns' second goal of the contest, a rebound off of her own
shot just over 24 minutes into the second half, gave the Bucs a healthy lead,
but it was Kristi Davis's breakaway goal in the 81st minute that all
but put this one away.
Not willing to quit, Stetson got on the board with just over
five minutes left in regulation as yet another Hatter scored her first career
goal. Freshman Jenna Premo finished off
of an assist from sophomore Carmen Bernecker to make it 3-1.
The Bucs ended the game with a 16-9 shot advantage and five
corner kicks to Stetson's two. ETSU's Kara
Krajenta made three saves, while junior Victoria Troccoli totaled four in goal for
“They’re a good team, we made some mistakes, and they capitalized on them,” Head Coach Julie Orlowski said. “We need to do a better job transitioning into our final third and getting behind the defense. Until we do that, we’re going to continue to frustrate ourselves.”
Stetson will next stay on the road, taking on USC Upstate on
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Spartanburg, S.C.
The Spartans fell to FGCU by a score of 2-0 on Friday.