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ETSU men are third, women fourth at SoCon cross country championships

Johnson City Press • Updated Oct 31, 2015 at 10:02 PM

The East Tennessee State men’s cross country team and the women finished fourth Saturday at the Southern Conference Championships hosted by Furman University.

In the men’s race, ETSU was paced by junior Simeon Roberts with a time of 25:04 and an overall finish of 13th. It’s the fourth time this season Roberts has led the Bucs. Close behind was freshman James Garst who finished 14th with a time of 25:04. Rounding out the top five for ETSU was sophomore Skyler Winchester, sophomore Haydn Borghetti-Metz and senior Angus Baldwin.

Junior Victoria Hutchens led the women’s team with a time of 19:12 and a 16th place finish. Behind Hutchens was junior Emily Williams placing 18th with a time of 19:22. Rounding out the top five was junior Sahara Fletcher, sophomore Macy Carrier and sophomore Alexa Zimmerman.

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The East Tennessee State University volleyball team defeated Mercer, 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-10, 25-22) on Saturday to 16-9 overall and 7-5 in the Southern Conference. The Bucs’ 16 victories are one shy of last season’s total.

ETSU was led by Briana Allmon and Rylee Milhorn who had 18 and 16 kills, respectively. Setting up Allmon and Milhorn was Kristen Favre who notched her third double-double of the season with 44 assists and 12 digs.

The Bucs received an added boost in the third set with five service aces. Renzey Rice served up three aces and Milhorn chipped in two more in the frame.

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The East Tennessee State men’s soccer team played UNC Greensboro to a 1-1 tie Saturday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, Fletcher Ekern scored his eighth goal of the season in the 60th minute off an assist by Cameron Woodfin.

But, the Spartans responded just three minutes later with a goal by Damieon Thomas who was assisted by Jacques Francois.

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The East Tennessee State women’s soccer team was unable to complete a comeback as they fell to Mercer, 3-2 in the Southern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday night.

It was the exact start ETSU was looking for as they on the board first just 10 minutes into the quarterfinal match-up. Senior Sarah Zadrazil weaved through the Mercer defense up the right side and got off a shot that was partially blocked and trickled towards the right side of the net. It was then freshman Eleonora Goldoni who handled the bouncing ball and rocketed a shot that went off the right post and off the cross bar before finally crossing the line for her second goal of the season. Goldoni has now scored a goal in back-to-back games.

The Bucs maintained their lead until the 42nd minute when Mercer tallied the equalizer. A free kick just inside the box helped Mercer’s Katelyn Dimopoulous earn her seventh goal of the season as she lofted the ball just over ETSU junior goalkeeper Jasmine Elliot to knot the game up at 1-1 heading into halftime.

After falling behind 3-1, ETSU  freshman Fiona Dodge earned her first collegiate goal in the 84th minute off a long shot that slipped by Mercer goalkeeper Maggie Cropp. The Bucs had another chance just two minutes later as Emily McKerlie once again placed a beautiful corner kick to Goldoni who got off a header that went right into the arms of Cropp. Although the Bucs rattled off five shots in the final five minutes, it was not enough to beat the Bears.

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