Sunday, November 17, 2013

ETSU’s Seniors Start and End Career with A-Sun Crown

It is considered a great accomplishment to win a collegiate conference championship once let alone to start your career and end your career with a title.

With ETSU’s 3-1 win vs. North Florida in the Atlantic Sun Men’s Soccer Championship Final on Sunday the senior class get the honor of saying they came in on top and now they will finish on top.

The Buccaneers won their first-ever A-Sun Championship in 2010 after defeating Stetson 1-0 in overtime and now they add their second title victory just three years later.

“I think we definitely got spoiled our freshmen year,” Bucs senior David Geno said. “We thought it was a lot easier to win a championship than it really was. We learned later it isn’t an easy thing to achieve.”  

“I think this group as a whole is a special group,” Head Coach Scott Calabrese exclaimed.  “The seniors have worked hard for four years and they are certainly the heart and soul of the team. To have them begin and end their careers as champions is something to be proud of and they deserve it.”

Itode Fubara scored the winning goal in overtime in 2010 to earn the A-Sun Championship MVP honor as a freshman.

“I think the first one always feels a little better because there is something special about it,” Fubara said. “But this win today feels great because it is great to go through this journey with m

y class to get another ring our senior year.”

Fubara once again made the A-Sun All-Tournament team with his leadership throughout the 2013 championship.

“There’s nothing better than ending your career with a win,” he said “We won it once and we wanted it back again.”

After winning the 2010 A-Sun title, the Bucs fell just shy in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 loss to College of Charleston.

In looking toward their future in the NCAA Tournament the senior class and Scott Calabrese feel good knowing they have the experience under their belt.

“I think we were nervous as freshmen going into the NCAA Tournament but I think the experience will play to our advantage this year,” Geno said.

Calabrese added, “When you look for confidence as a player you look back at your experiences to guide you and with this group I know they have the confidence to have a successful time in the NCAA Tournament.”

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