Men’s college soccer

Winthrop plays to scoreless tie with E. Tennessee St.

September 9, 2013 

The Winthrop men’s soccer team and East Tennessee State battled to a 0-0 tie Monday evening after 110 minutes of action.

It was the first scoreless tie the Eagles have been involved in since Oct. 14, 2007 at VMI.

Winthrop (2-0-1) entered the match ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire South Atlantic Region.

“Happy to get out with a result,” said Winthrop coach Rich Posipanko. “They are a very good team. I felt we had the better of the first half and they had the better of the second half. Overall we are happy to get out with a point.”

Winthrop had the first scoring chance in overtime as Mason Lavallet’s shot was turned away with a big save by Buccaneers goalie Ryan Coulter and cleared away by a defender just a minute and 29 seconds into the extra period.

It looked as if ETSU (1-1-1) might score with less than a minute remaining in regulation as William Nordenstrom got up for a header, but Guilherme Avelar was there for the save and to keep it scoreless after 90 minutes.

Winthrop nearly got on the scoreboard when James Skonicki hit the post with a shot in the 37th minute. Winthrop finished with a 4-1 advantage on shots in the first half, but ETSU came out of the locker room at halftime more aggressive.

Avelar was forced to make five saves in the second half as ETSU poured it on with 13 shots. Avelar finished the game with seven to earn his first career shutout at the NCAA Division I level.

The Eagles recorded their last shutout on Oct. 31, 2012 (eight games), but this was their first nonconference shutout against an NCAA Div. I opponent since Sept. 10, 2010 when they defeated Long Island 3-0.

ETSU finished with a 17-9 advantage in shots and a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks while Coulter finished with three saves to earn his second straight shutout.

The Eagles face Mercer on Friday at 8 p.m. and Stetson at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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