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ETSU notes: Sutherland breaks school saves record

Joe Avento • Updated Oct 11, 2017 at 8:04 PM

It’s official. Jonny Sutherland has made more saves than any goalkeeper in East Tennessee State soccer history.

Sutherland’s four saves in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Mercer gave him 183 in his career and pushed him ahead of Ryan Coulter’s school record of 182.

Sutherland, a senior from Chester, England, has played every minute in goal for the Bucs this season and he’s has had to work extra hard. ETSU has gone into overtime in eight of its 12 games and Sutherland has played an extra 120 minutes. He’s given up 11 goals in the 12 games.

The Bucs are 5-2-5 overall and sitting in second place — behind UNC-Greensboro — in the Southern Conference standings at 2-0-3. They’re the only team without a SoCon loss.

A five-game unbeaten streak has been a remarkable one since the Bucs been held scoreless in three of those games. Sutherland and his defense have been able to hold those games to 0-0 draws.

Somehow, ETSU is still second in the league with 17 goals. Bruno Andrade’s five assists lead the SoCon.

Up next is a game at UNC-Greensboro on Saturday. The winner will be in first place as the second half of the conference schedule begins.

Men’s golf

The 20th Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at Blackthorn Club, ETSU’s home tournament, will be played this week.

Seven schools in the 15-team field have won the event. Defending champion Virginia set the tournament record last year, posting a score of 35 under par.

Other past champions in the field are Coastal Carolina, Kent State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Penn State and Missouri. Tennessee and Virginia have each won the tournament three times.

While the home team has never won its tournament, it has had the individual champion. Rhys Davies won it twice (2005 and ’06) and Adrian Meronk won in 2015.

Penn State’s Charles Huntsinger was last year’s medalist with a record-tying 13-under total. He is expected to be back to defend his title.

The 54-hole tournament begins Friday morning and runs through Sunday. Admission is free and it’a chance to see tomorrow’s PGA Tour stars in action.

Cross country

The cross country team is back in action on Friday at the Vertcross Invitational in High Point, North Carolina. The Bucs have finished in the top four of all three of their races this fall, including a win at the USC Upstate Invite.

Freshman Ben Varghese, the former Daniel Boone High School star, has been the top finisher for ETSU in the last two races. He’s one of nine runners from Northeast Tennessee on the roster.

Women’s golf

Tereza Melecka of the women’s golf team is coming off her first collegiate win. Melecka, a freshman from the Czech Republic, shot rounds of 71, 66 and 69 to win the Johnie Jones Invitational in Missouri.

The team is back at it Oct. 22 at the Kiawah Fall Invitational in South Carolina.

Women’s soccer

Eleonora Goldoni of the women’s soccer team was chosen as the Southern Conference’s student-athlete of the week. The junior from Italy scored three goals in the Bucs’ 4-2 win over The Citadel. In the classroom, Goldoni is a nutrition major with a 3.95 grade point average.

“Leo is a fantastic player, but she deserves this award for all her hard work and commitment,” ETSU coach Adam Sayers said. “She leads from the front and never stops working as hard as she can for the team. She’s a true role model.”

A two-game winning streak is on the line for the team Friday at Wofford. The Bucs (5-9 overall, 3-3 in the SoCon) had lost three in a row before beating The Citadel and Mercer.

Volleyball

After taking on Chattanooga on Wednesday night, the volleyball team faces another big SoCon match on Friday at Wofford.

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