CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The ETSU men’s soccer team came up one goal shy, 1-0, of the No. 22 Virginia Cavaliers on Monday morning at Klockner Stadium. The Bucs and Cavs played a 30 minute first half followed by a 45 minute second in the exhibition contest.
Virginia’s Ari Dimas scored the only goal of the game just 10 minutes into the first half. Chris Somerville broke free down the left side and crossed the ball to Dimas who quickly settled and fired the shot in from short range.
10 minutes later, Sophomore David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) nearly equalized for the Buccaneers. Geno spun and fired a shot on goal from 13 yards out but had his attempt saved by Virginia’s Spencer LaCivita.
The Bucs trailed, 1-0, after the first 30 minutes off a 5-3 Cavalier advantage in shots.
The second half would be highlighted by freshmen Kade Morgan (Columbia, Tenn.) and Emmanuel Wilson (Memphis, Tenn.), who each fired two shots through the last 45 minutes.
Morgan blasted ETSU’s first good change of the second half. After receiving the ball in the center of the field, Morgan dribbled through the Virginia defense and fired a shot that beat the diving Matt Miscione in goal for the Cavs, but also barely avoided the upper left corner of the goal.
In the 48th minute, Wilson broke free down the right and fired at shot that deflected past the oncoming Miscione towards the end line. Wilson caught the ball before it went out but his second effort went wide.
ETSU would outshoot Virginia 5-3 in the second half before Virginia put on five late attempts to out-shoot the Bucs 13-8 for the game.
The Bucs played one man up through the final 50 minutes when Virginia’s Spencer Somerville committed a foul, was shown a yellow and then a second yellow to be sent off.
The ETSU men’s soccer team kicks off the regular season Saturday, Aug. 27 against Presbyterian in Johnson City, Tenn.
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