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Bucs beat Spartans on PKs to advance to championship

Johnson City Press • Updated Nov 13, 2015 at 9:58 PM

East Tennessee State sophomore Chase Clack scored the decisive penalty kick in overtime and freshman goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland stopped a final attempt, as the No. 4-seeded Buccaneers enjoyed a dramatic upset over top-seeded UNC-Greensboro Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament at Summers-Taylor Stadium.

With the win, the Bucs (9-6-3) advanced to Sunday’s SoCon championship game and will face third-seeded Furman, which beat Mercer on penalty kicks, 3-2, in Friday’s other semifinal match. Meanwhile, UNCG watched its season come to a close as the Spartans dropped to 11-6-4 on the year. Sunday’s championship match is set to begin at 1 p.m.

After finishing two previous regular season games tied at 1-1, the Bucs and Spartans again finished their third matchup of the season all knotted following regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods. It was also the fifth-straight OT meeting between the teams dating back to last season.

Going to penalty kicks, the Bucs got goals from sophomore Corentin Ohlmann, senior James Smith, freshman Christian Ilia, senior Donte Brangman, sophomore Ben Holt and a final decisive goal from Clack. Meanwhile, Sutherland wrapped up a sparkling game in goal, where he made four saves in regulation and then stopped four attempts during the penalty kick period.

The Spartans took the lead first thanks to a goal from senior Noah DeAngelo at the 38:10 mark of the first half. DeAngelo scored on an assist from junior Jordan Poarch, who crossed the ball to the middle where DeAngelo connected and curled a shot into the right side of the net.

ETSU responded in the second half, as Smith took an assist from Ohlman and slid through the UNCG defense, using his left foot to strike a bent shot around Spartans’ goalkeeper Jon Milligan.

For the game, ETSU outshot the Spartans 15-9, while UNCG held a 7-6 edge on corner kicks. Though both teams finished the initial five-shot PK period tied with 3 of 5 attempts finding the net, it was the Bucs who ultimately went 3-for-3 on the extra kicks while UNCG went 2-of-3.

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Chattanooga rallied from a 2-0 deficit to upend the ETSU volleyball team, 3-2 (25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 14-25, 19-21), on Friday afternoon at Brooks Gym. ETSU was led by AJ Lux who had a career-high 13 kills for the Bucs, while Kristen Favre posted a double-double with 43 assists and 10 digs.

ETSU will wrap up its regular season today when it hosts Samford at 2 p.m. The match will also serve as Senior Day for the team’s three seniors this season: Khadijah Wiley, Ashleigh Shain and Jessica Schafer.

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ETSU’s women’s tennis team dropped four matches on the first day of the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in Florida.

Lyn Yee Choo and Marina Espana lost an 8-7 doubles match to the South Florida team of Nicole Dzenga and Vanja Klaric.

Yee Choo went three sets in her singles match against Carla Tur Mari of Oklahoma State, losing 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Espana lost 6-3, 6-2 to Sadie Hammond of Tennessee, while Yee Choo lost her singles consolation match 6-1, 7-6 to Hanna Sohn of Memphis.

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ETSU’s men’s cross country team finished 16th at the NCAA South Regional Championships on Friday morning and the ETSU women finished 26th.

In the men’s race, Skyler Winchester placed 60th overall out of 150 runners with a time of 32:32. Southern Conference Freshman of the Year James Garst was right behind Winchester in 65th with a time of 32:37.

Sophomore Carl Oberfeitinger ran a time of 33:13 to finish 93rd, as sophomore Hayden Metz-Borghetti and junior Simeon Roberts rounded out the top five for ETSU.

On the women’s side, ETSU was paced by junior Emily Williams who ran a 22:30 to finish 104th out of nearly 210 runners. Fellow junior Victoria Hutchens followed close behind at 22:57.46, while the final three scorers of Sahara Fletcher and  Sarah Zimmer and Macy Carrier were all within six seconds of each other.

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