JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 29, 2015) – ETSU women’s soccer head coach Adam Sayers announced the 2015 season schedule on Wednesday that includes 10 games at home. The schedule is highlighted by non-conference home matches against North Carolina State and Navy.
Last season ETSU compiled an overall record of 15-6, the most wins in program history and made their first ever appearance in the Southern Conference Tournament semifinals The Bucs enjoy a favorable home field advantage since the opening of Summers-Taylor Stadium in 2008, as they are 41-17-3. Under Sayers, they are 29-8-1.
The Bucs start off with an exhibition contest at Coastal Carolina on August 14 before beginning the 2015 campaign with two straight road matches at USC Upstate (Aug. 21) and at Radford (Aug. 24). ETSU takes on Tennessee Tech on August 28 at 7 p.m. in their home opener which marks the first of five straight games at home.
Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) power NC State follows on August 30 at 1 p.m. with the Wolfpack returning all 11 starters from a season ago. ETSU continues its homestand, welcoming Eastern Kentucky (Sept.2), Navy (Sept.6) and Marshall (Sept.11). It will be the first time in program history that ETSU has played each team.
ETSU wraps up non-conference play with a two game road trip against Wofford on Sept. 15 and Campbell on Sept. 18.
The Blue and Gold begin conference play on the road taking on VMI (Sept.25) and UNCG (Sept. 27). Last year ETSU defeated UNCG, 3-2 in overtime of the SoCon Tournament Quarterfinals. The Bucs continue SoCon play with three straight home matches against Western Carolina (Oct.2), 2014 SoCon Tournament Champion Mercer (Oct.9) and the Citadel (Oct.11).
The team has a brief two game road trip at Furman (Oct.16) and at Wofford (Oct.18) before closing out the regular season in Johnson City. The Bucs host Samford on October 23 at 7 p.m. and in-state rival Chattanooga on Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.
The 2015 SoCon Conference Tournament beings Oct.28 with the first round held on campus sites. The quarterfinals are scheduled for either Oct.31 or Nov.1 and will also be held at campus sites. The semifinals and finals are hosted by Furman University in Greensville, S.C. on Nov.6 and 8.