Appalachian State University men’s cross country was bumped down to No. 14 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Regional Team Rankings on Monday. Last week the men ranked at No. 12, their highest position posted in the 2016 season.
For the third straight week, the Mountaineers are the only Sun Belt Conference representatives highlighted on the list.
The top three spots have remained the same since the first week of competition with Eastern Kentucky standing in front, Virginia staying at second and NC State prevailing at third. App State holds a spot above the Duke Blue Devils, who dropped five spots from last week’s No. 10 position.
Appalachian ran in one of the most competitive competitions in the nation over the weekend at the Panorama Farms Invitational in Earlysville, Va. Four of the top 15 teams in the country participated in the meet including No. 1 Syracuse. Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) was App State’s first finisher in the 8K running a time of 25:26.90 to place 42nd. The next Mountaineer to cross the tape was Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./ Panther Creek) in 68th with an 8K-effort of 26:20.00. Rounding out the top three Mountaineers was Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in 72nd with a time of 26:29.30.
The Black and Gold will roll down to Spartanburg, S.C. to compete in the USC Upstate Open on Saturday, Oct. 1. The men’s 8K race will kick off at 9:45 a.m.
For the second time in four weeks, an Appalachian State University football running back captured the Sun Belt’s Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week Award. Jalin Moore (Shelby, N.C./Crest) earned the honor after a historic performance in a 45-38 victory over Akron on Saturday.
Moore was a workhorse on Saturday, rushing for the sixth-most yards in App State history with 257, while his 39 carries were the fourth-highest amount of rushing attempts. The tailback led a rushing attack that registered 307 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.
Moore added pair of touchdowns in the second half, which were critical in helping to securing the win. The scores came on a 49-yard run that gave Appalachian a 38-17 advantage, and he later found the end zone again on a 32-yard scamper to give the Black and Gold a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.
It is the first time an App State running back hit the 250-yard plateau since Marcus Cox ran for 250 yards against Georgia State on Nov. 1, 2014, and the most yards on the ground since DeAndre Priestley rushed for 264 yards in an FCS Playoff win over Western Illinois in Dec. of 2010.
The Shelby, N.C., native has ran for at least 200 yards in two of the previous eight games, including his 244-yard performance at Idaho last season that broke a freshman rushing record. Over his last eight games, Moore has 933 yards on the ground.
Moore and the Mountaineers will open up Sun Belt play on Saturday at home against Georgia State. Kickoff is at noon. The American Sports Network and ESPN3 will have the telecast.
For the second time in as many matches, Appalachian State University women’s soccer played two overtimes and 110 minutes, drawing Georgia State 0-0 on Sunday afternoon. Junior goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) had five saves to complete the shutout.
The Mountaineers (5-5-2 (0-2-2 Sun Belt) fought in what might have been the most physical match thus far through the season, as neither App nor the Panthers (4-3-2 (1-1-2 Sun Belt) willingly conceded an edge.
“To get our first shutout in conference play is a really big deal,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “We’ve started off with two tough weekends as far as level and where teams are ranked and everything else so we are definitely doing better and we’re a lot more positive and ready to go for sure going into next weekend.
Strickland continued, “Every Sun Belt match is intense and every Sun Belt match is a battle and Sunday is always a grind match as far as you’re going to have to give all you’ve got and give a little bit more than what you really think you have. That’s nothing surprising and nothing different than anyone else. All of these games are going to be tough and competitive from here on out.”
Both teams battled hard for every 50-50 ball in a drag-out match that featured 29 fouls and five yellow cards, including a second yellow (red) on the Panthers halfway through the second half at the 66th-minute mark.
The Mountaineers almost got the game-winner on a header by Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) off a corner late in the second overtime, but a foul took away the goal.
Despite the lack of a goal, Appalachian State dominated possession through all 110 minutes, outshooting Georgia State 19-6 overall, and 7-5 on shots on goal.
Both goalkeepers were in top form playing the entire match. Georgia State’s Brie Haynes finished with six saves off 18 shots faced while Monique Hundley came in to make a clutch defensive save on what would have been a sure-fire Mountaineer goal.
The Mountaineers’ Steyl, finished with five saves on the game, facing six shots. It’s the fifth time that Steyl has had five or more saves this season.
Leading the Black and Gold attack that produced the fourth highest total number of shots this season was Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), who finished with five shots (three on goal), and Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), who finished with two shots (one on goal). Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) put in a full game protecting the backline but was able to advance forward to finish with a shot on goal as well.
Providing high-energy and clutch performances off the sidelines was Alexa Asher (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) and Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor), who each finished with one shot on goal and two shots total.
The Mountaineers head on the road next weekend as they travel to Arkansas State on Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. ET. From Arkansas, App State will head to UL Monroe on Sunday, Oct. 2. Kickoff for the Sunday match is slated for 2 p.m. ET.
Appalachian State University field hockey fell to No. 7 Louisville in a hard-fought battle that ended in a 4-1 decision Sunday in Boone. Junior Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) struck Appalachian’s only connection in the cage for the afternoon.
“I think we rose to the challenge of playing a top competitor in the country,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “I think Louisville is in the top ten in the country, and they deserve to be. We came out on fire, and we did all of the things we have been practicing on in practice, and this is an outcome of all of the hard work that we have been putting in. Today we showed our potential and how well we can play together as a unit, and we have to continue to work that hard day in and day out.
The Cardinals (9-1) started off the match with high intensity applying much pressure at the net and found a pair of openings two minutes apart from each other in less than 17 minutes. Taylor Stone executed a polarizing double-assisted shot into the left cage and Bethany Russ reversed a shot into the net to give the Cards the 2-0 lead.
The Mountaineers (1-7) did not back down from the amount of aggression the Cardinals were showing on the pitch. After producing several looks at the goal line, Cimbalist responded to Louisville’s attacks with a goal of her own. In the 19th minute, the Virginia native struck a blazing shot into left cage from an assist by Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough). At the end of the half, the score froze at 2-1.
Although Louisville orchestrated more shots (16-4) and shots on goal (10-2) in the first 35 minutes of play, the Mountaineers kept the first half close, thanks to seven impressive saves by Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont).
After a strong start in the second, the Mountaineers could not generate any more scoring opportunities to respond to the Cardinals’ second-period goals. In the 39th minute, Nicole Woods rolled the ball into the cage to score their third goal, and Shannon Sloss delivered the game-winning shot in the 50th minute to end the bout at 4-1.
Throughout the match, the ACC foe out-hustled the Mountaineers in total shots (27-6), shots on goal (19-4) and corners (12-1). Although the Cards dominated the offensive side of the turf, Appalachian exerted much of their energy toward the net administering four of their six shots towards goal.
Protection of the backfield was ruled by goalkeeper Gaines who collected eleven saves on the day, matching her single-season high set on Aug. 28 versus Georgetown. Gaines now owns 52 saves on the season. Also, App State gathered four defensive saves off of Louisville’s corners.
App State will hit the road for two back-to-back matches in Davidson, N.C. On Friday, Sept. 30, the Mountaineers will face off against Davidson and on Saturday, Oct. 1 App will battle against Pacific at 1 p.m. Start time for the Davidson bout will be announced soon.
Appalachian State University volleyball’s losing streak reached 12 games following a straight-set sweep at the hands of the Little Rock Trojans on Sunday inside Varsity Gym.
The Mountaineers (2-13, 0-2 Sun Belt) were led offensively by Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/UNCG) who finished with 10 and nine kills, respectively.
Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) and Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) shared the assist duties. Brown finished with 18 and Krahl tallied 15. Defensively, Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) finished with a team-high eight digs.
In the opening set, the Trojans (5-10, 1-1 Sun Belt) got off to a quick start and jumped out to an 11-6 lead. The Apps would battle back to within two points using a kill from Sullivan and multiple Trojan errors to cut the deficit to 12-10. However, Little Rock would finish the set on a 13-3 run to take the set 25-13.
Appalachian State would come out and fight in the second set, holding a lead midway through at 12-9 following four kills from Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) and a service ace from Wilson. The Trojans would call back and take a 24-20 lead and looked to end the set.
Sydney Farthing (Boone, N.C./Watauga) would enter as a server for the Mountaineers and the Black and Gold would score four-straight points, including an ace from Farthing. However, a service error from Farthing followed by a kill from the Trojans’ Veronica Marin would give Little Rock a second set win, 26-24.
The third set mirrored the opening set for the Mountaineers with Little Rock seeking to end the match. The Trojans built a small lead early on and saw it balloon to nine late in the set at 20-11. Little Rock would take the final set from the Mountaineers 25-15 to complete the sweep.
Appalachian will return to action on Friday, Sept. 30 when it travels to UT Arlington. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Junior Rian Phillips (Anchorage, Ak./East Anchorage (Oregon State)) headed in the late game-winner to give Appalachian State University men’s soccer the 2-1 victory over Davidson on Saturday night.
The Mountaineers (2-5-1) came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Wildcats (1-6-0) in the waning minutes after they got the first goal in the 15th minute.
“I’m very pleased with the result tonight,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “Once again tonight, we made strides in a positive direction and were able to collect our first points on the road. Now, we need to recover, refocus and get back to work on Monday as we hit the road again on Tuesday to play a tough UNC Asheville team.”
Davidson got on the board first when Maxi Pragnell set up Jon Creel for a goal toward the far post at 14:01 in the game. But Appalachian would respond less than three minutes later when Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) got his third penalty kick goal of the season to even the match up.
After the two scores, the match was deadlocked at 1-1 and both teams battled over the center third of the field for possession.
Then, in the 76th minute, Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) launched a great corner ball into the box where Phillips was able to knock it in for the game-winner. The goal is Phillips’ first goal with Appalachian State and also his first game-winning goal.
In the net again for the Mountaineers was Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington). Agnew had two saves on the day with just the one goal allowed.
The match featured a lot of defensive and battle in the center, but Appalachian State was able to put the pieces together offensively and outshoot Davidson 12-10 during the match and a clutch 8-4 in the second half.
Leading on shots for the Mountaineers were Chapman with four shots and two on goal, Thibaut Arpinon (Nimes, France/St. Stanislas) with three shots on goal and Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) with two shots.
Off the sidelines for App State, both Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and Phillips had one shot on goal each.
The backline for the Black and Gold was also able to limit the Wildcats' offensive attack, only allowing three shots on goal of their 10 total.
The Mountaineers will stay on the road as they go to play UNC Asheville on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (1-3) was handed a 31-13 loss by Limestone (3-1) Saturday evening in a non-conference regional game at Moretz Stadium.
After falling behind by a 6-0 score, the Saints reeled off 31 consecutive points to take the road victory. Limestone’s quarterback, Ivan Corbin (Warner Robins, Ga.), passed for 214 yards and two scores and the Saints’ defense held the Bears out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter.
In addition, Limestone’s Joshua Simmons (Moncks Corner, S.C.) returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to ice the contest for the Saints.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior placekicker Hunter Haire (Longwood, Fla.) kicked a field goal on each of the Bears’ first two possessions, but Limestone responded with 17 straight points in the second quarter. Limestone’s Ga’Quan Maize (Florence, S.C.) gave the Saints the lead for good with a seven-yard touchdown run with 3:37 remaining in the first half. Maize totaled 76 yards on the ground.
Limestone held a 386-361 edge in total yards while Fabian Jefferson (Florence, S.C.) and D’Anta Fleming (Greer, S.C.) both caught touchdown passes for the Saints.
The Bears picked off two passes and freshman linebacker Clayton Horn (Mount Pleasant, N.C.) led all tacklers with 13 including a sack in the setback. In addition, redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) finished with a game-high 94 yards rushing and sophomore running back Robbie Hooks (Franklinville, N.J.) scored the Bears’ lone touchdown late in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road for the first time this season next Saturday, October 1, to face Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Running back Jalin Moore made history on Saturday and Appalachian State (2-2) walked away with a high-scoring 45-38 win over Akron (2-2) at Infocision Stadium.
Moore was a workhorse, rushing for the sixth-highest total in school history. He posted 257 yards on 39 carries, which also ties for the fourth most rushing attempts in a single game. The sophomore tailback spearheaded a rushing attack that piled up 307 rushing.
Quarterback Taylor Lamb exploded in the first half, tossing three touchdowns, two only 93 seconds apart, as App seized control at the break. Lamb would complete 22-of-30 passes on the day and add a 1-yard TD run on the final play of the half. Lamb spread the wealth, finding nine different receivers en route to 280 yards passing.
App racked up 360 yards of offense, building a 31-14 lead at the half, but Akron didn’t go quietly. A pass interference penalty on 4th-and-17 on a jump ball in the end zone kept the Zips alive in the third.
Moore had App’s final two touchdowns, including a 32-yard jaunt to give the Mountaineers a 45-31 lead with 8:45 to play, but App would need one final stop in the final minutes. Sacks by Dezmin Reed and Tee Sims, who had two on the day, stopped Akron’s final drive before it could ever get started.
Clifton Duck recorded a career-high 13 tackles and had an interception to turn back Akron’s opening possesion. His counterpart Mondo Williams also picked off a pass, setting up a quick strike TD on a 37-yard TD pass from Lamb to Zy Letman.
Lamb – and the App State offense – seemed to capitalize on every opportunity. Wide receivers T.J. Watkins and Brad Absher both had key receptions in some of their first action of the season. Watkins had four catches for 41 yards and didn’t have a catch coming into the game, while Absher had a huge third-down conversion to set up Moore’s final TD run.
App State finished the game with 587 yards of offense and held the ball for almost 34 minutes.
Akron never let up on offense. QB Thomas Woodson complete 31-of-43 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted twice. Sims’ two sacks were half of App’s four in the win.
App opens Sun Belt Conference play next Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff is at noon. The American Sports Network and ESPN3 will have the telecast.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer team was shut out for only the second time this season losing at Lincoln Memorial 1-0.
Ismael Noumansana had four shots, one on goal and Kevin Nadeau had two shots, one on goal, as the Bears had only three shots on goal in the contest.
Lincoln Memorial scored the only goal of the contest when Danilo de Silva drew goalkeeper Zach King out, and passed the ball back in the center to Felipe de Sousa who scored in the 24th minute.
With the loss, the Bears fall to 4-3-1 overall and 1-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Carson-Newman Wednesday afternoon at 4pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first half and would defeat Lincoln Memorial on the road by that 4-0 final.
The Bears would score before the first 10 minutes were on the board when Sarah Pullman scored on a give and go pass from Aqsa Mushtaq to put the Bears up 1-0.
L-R would score again in the 21st minute when Helen Ramsey scored her first goal of the season off a corner kick that caromed off of a defender into the goal.
Kendall Smith would score a pair of goals late in the first half. Her first goal came from the assist of Jessica Feronti who passed it to Smith in front of the goal. Her second goal was unassisted as she gathered the saved ball and put it in the back of the net.
Andrea Leano got the start in goal for the Bears and had four saves. Alayna Morris finished off the last 12 minutes of the contest for Lenoir-Rhyne.
With the win, Lenoir-Rhyne is 4-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears host Carson-Newman on Wednesday at 7pm.
Sophomore Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) scored her first goal of the season as Appalachian State women’s soccer drawed a hard-fought, end-to-end battle with Texas State 1-1 in double overtime on Friday evening.
The Mountaineer midfielder received the touch from Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) after a great cross by Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) right to the front of the goal to put App State up 1-0 in the 40th minute.
“I’m really proud of our resiliency tonight and our team fighting until the very end,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “We always talk about grit and we always talk about finishing strong and about composure and making sure that we stay together no matter what. We are yelling ‘Together!’ all the time on the sidelines and it literally means that we’re one and we’re united and the people on the sidelines are fighting for the people on the field and the people on the field are fighting for each other and the people on the sidelines. We’re going to get through whatever it is, we’ll ride the storm, we’re going to be OK.”
Appalachian State (5-5-1 (0-2-1 Sun Belt)) were able to score first in the match and held the Bobcats (5-4-2 (2-0-1 Sun Belt)) to just three shots in the first half, but over the next half and two overtime periods would allow 12.
Texas State came out of halftime on a mission to put pressure up front. Then the Bobcats were able to tie up the match when Lauren Prater put a breakaway pass up to the team’s leading scorer Kassi Hormuth in the 49th minute, who then had a one-on-one matchup with goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell).
Neither team would give an inch over the next 61 minutes in a physical battle to end the match. The Mountaineers had several close opportunities in the waning minutes of the match, but were unable to convert, whether due to Texas State’s goalkeeper or just being a hair off the mark on the shot.
Leading the App State forward advance was Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) who had seven shots on the match and two on frame. Right behind her was Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) and Cowie with four shots total and two on goal each. Alexa Asher (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) also had both of her two shots on goal.
In the net for the entire 110 for Appalachian was Steyl who made three saves on the night with the one goal allowed on 15 shots faced.
The Mountaineers will continue their two-match conference homestand this weekend, playing next against Georgia State on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (4-9, 2-4) suffered a 3-1 setback to Newberry (6-8, 3-3) in a South Atlantic Conference match Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Wolves defeated the Bears by scores of 25-19, 18-25, 25-23 and 25-18 and won their second straight contest.
Four players finished in double figures in kills for Newberry – led by Madison Darby-McClure (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with 15 – in the victory. Logan Hayward (Sylvania, Ohio) added 14 kills and 15 digs and Maggie Marsh (Charleston, S.C.) dished out 48 assists for the Wolves, who hit .238 for the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne, who remained winless at home this season, was led by senior middle blocker Abbi Stacherski (Kernersville, N.C.) with a team-high 11 kills while sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added a double-double – 29 assists and 14 digs – in the losing effort.
As a team, Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 10 service aces – including four by junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) – and 13 blocks but hit just .174 for the match. Steele also added nine kills and five digs in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces undefeated Wingate on Friday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Cuddy Arena in Wingate, N.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m.
North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 55
Alexander Central: 27
Fred T. Foard: 0
South Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 17
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 6
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 44
Bunker Hill: 7
West Caldwell: 14
The Anderson Volleyball Team (7-5, 4-1) downed Lenoir-Rhyne (4-8, 2-3) in five sets, 3-2, in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Trojans defeated the Bears by scores of 17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-27 and 15-10 in the road victory.
Anderson’s Marissa Mitter (Redondo Beach, Calif.) finished with 16 kills and 15 digs while Emily Conlin (Glendale, Ariz.) added 55 assists in the win. The Trojans’ Allison Gaminde (Boiling Springs, S.C.) totaled 12 kills on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its third league loss at home in five sets this season, was led by junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.). Steele finished with 15 kills and six solo blocks while freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) added 14 kills in the loss for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) dished out 44 assists and the Bears totaled 15 blocks on the night despite the loss. The Bears were also hurt by eight service errors.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Newberry.