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Appalachian State University women’s soccer fell for the fourth time this season with a 2-0 loss to George Mason on Sunday.

"Today was a huge challenge for our program," said head coach Sarah Strickland. "George Mason has a huge tradition for women's soccer and we knew that coming into the match. We struggled to stick to our style of play, which in the end resulted in a loss. We will get back on it and get better this week, because we face two more great programs this weekend. We are still focused on preparing to truly compete in the Sun Belt."

The Mountaineers (3-4-0) led in shots 11-6, but the Patriots managed four shots on goal to the Mountaineers’ one.

George Mason got on the board in the 19th minute off of a Niomi Serrano corner kick. Serrano’s corner went to the back post where Sydney Mitchell sent it to the near post on one touch to Kelly Pizzingrilli who was able to knock it in.

The 1-0 score would stand until halftime. After intermission in the 49th minute, the Patriots struck again. Mitchell would tally her second assist on a cross on the end line to Emily Harvey who would put a head on it and five the Patriots the two goal lead.

Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) led the Apps in shots with three, while Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville), Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) all tallied two shots each. Settle notched the only shot on goal for the Mountaineers.

Amy Kolowsky (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) started the game in net for App State and made one save. Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) played the second half and also made one save on the afternoon.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday, Sept. 19 when they travel to James Madison. Kick off is set for 5 p.m.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 23:16

High School Football, Week Four Update

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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 35
Draughn: 0, game called due to lightning. Final

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 36
Bandys: 14, Final

West Iredell: 68
Bunker Hill: 40, Final

Fred T. Foard: 42
West Lincoln: 28, Final. Game completed on Saturday.

Freedom: 13
Newton-Conover: 13, suspended before halftime. Game declared a tie.

Hibriten: 28
Ashe County: 22, game cancelled. No contest.

Mooresville: 42
Hickory: 0, game called with 4:14 left in 3q due to lightning. Final.

Maiden: 56
St. Stephens: 48, Final

Patton: 14
Q Foundation: 6, suspended. No decision has been made about this contest.

A.C. Reynolds:26
South Caldwell: 21, Final. Game completed on Saturday.

West Caldwell: 30
Enka: 7, suspended in third quarter. Game to resume on Tuesday at 6pm.

Idle:
East Burke

Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:51

Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country Season Begins

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams opened the 2014 season Saturday morning at the Elon Invitational.

Both of Elon’s men’s and women’s squads placed first overall while Lenoir-Rhyne was third on the men’s side and second in the women’s competition.

In the men’s race, Elon’s Luis Vargas won the 8K with a time of 25:19 as the Phoenix had the top four runners in the race.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s top runner was freshman Zach Gross (Beaumont, Calif.), who placed ninth overall with a time of 27:46. Sophomore Charles Koontz (Flemington, N.J.) clocked a 27:48 to place 10th in the race for the Bears as well.

On the women’s side, Elon had the top 10 runners including the individual champion in Jenny Gallagher. Gallagher finished the 5K in 17:55.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Paige Smith (Ramseur, N.C.) was the No. 1 Bears’ runner, finishing 13th and running a 20:01 overall.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams next compete in the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, October 4.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:47

Appalachian State Volleyball Stays Perfect on the Year

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Appalachian State University volleyball remains undefeated after sweeping Maryland in three sets on Saturday night with scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-18.

The Mountaineers (11-0, 1-0 Sun Belt) won the Black and Gold Challenge after defeating the Terrapins (7-2) at the Holmes Center.

The first set began with ten tied scores as each team battled to take the lead. With the score tied at 12, Appalachian made their move, scoring four-straight points to take a 16-12 lead.

The Terps continued to trail by no more than four points until the Apps took complete control, scoring seven of the last eight points to take the first set 25-18.

The Mountaineers jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the second set before Maryland would immediately find two kills to help them tie the set at seven. Appalachian found two kills from Jess Keller to put them back in the lead with a score of 11-8.

The Terps would not go away, never falling behind by more than three points as the Apps struggled to maintain the lead. The Mountaineers managed to take a 20-16 lead after kills from Lauren Gray and Sloan Evans, but Maryland would not give up.

With Appalachian in the lead 24-20 the Terps scored three-straight points to trail by only one but the Apps would pull out the second set win after a Maryland attack error to take the second 25-23.

The third set began like the others with several tied scores, but this time Maryland would be the team to pull ahead, finding points to take a 11-9 lead.

With the Maryland leading 14-12 the Mountaineers would find their rhythme, scoring seven-straight points to take a 19-14 lead.

The Mountaineers would prove to be too much for the Terps as they only scored four points for the rest of the set, letting Appalachian take the third 25-18 and win the match 3-0.

Emily Corrigan once again led Appalachian in kills, notching 21 on the night, while only committing five errors for a .390 hitting percentage. Gray followed with 11 kills of her own.

Paige Brown recorded 41 assists while Meghan Mahoney added 14 digs.

The Terps were led by Ashleigh Crutcher's 12 kills and Amy Dion's 13 digs.

The Mountaineers hit .260 on the night while holding Maryland to just a .075 hitting percentage. Appalachian totalled 9.5 blocks while the Terps had four.

Corrigan was named the MVP of the Black and Gold Challenge, while Brown and Keller were also named to the all-tournament team.

Georgia State's Eliza Zachary and Maryland's Hailey Murray were also named to the team.

The Mountaineers continue Sun Belt play when they travel to Georgia Southern on Fri. Sept. 19 for a 7 p.m. match.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:40

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Picks Up Two Wins

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (6-1) made it five wins in a row after winning both matches – 3-1 over Erskine and 3-1 over Columbus State – Saturday on the final day of the CSU-Hughston Clinic Invitational.

Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Erskine 1
After falling in the first set, the Bears rallied to win the final three en route to the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne won by scores of 20-25, 25-15, 25-18 and 25-23.

The Bears were led by junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) with 39 assists and 10 digs while senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) added a team-high 12 kills in the victory.

Erskine lost despite a match-high 22 kills and nine digs from Caitlin Bullock (Lexington, S.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Columbus State 1
The Bears defeated the Cougars by scores of 25-19, 22-25, 25-14 and 25-17 at the Student Recreation Center.

Gottberg (38 assists) and both junior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) and sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 10 kills each paced the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore defensive specialist Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) was one of five Bears to register double-digits in digs with a match-high 22.

Columbus State’s Katie Poole (Rowlett, Texas) and Megan Frame (Sylvania, Ohio) each tallied nine kills in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday night against Newberry in its home opener at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:34

L-R Men's Soccer Picks Up Win Over Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (1-2-1, 1-0) picked up its first victory of the 2014 season with a 2-1 triumph over Brevard (2-2, 0-1) Saturday afternoon at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Raffaelle Di Puorto (High Point, N.C.) and freshman midfielder Leon Mueller-Wiesen (Munich, GERMANY) each scored for the Bears in the South Atlantic Conference opener for both squads.

After a scoreless first half, Di Puorto got the Bears on the board with a goal from 25 yards out in the 62nd minute of play.

Wiesen extended the advantage to 2-0 with a goal at the 81:55 mark of the contest after finishing off a quick touch pass from senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND), who was credited with the assist.

However, Brevard responded with a goal by Jesse Omezi (Dartford, ENGLAND) just under two minutes later to cut the margin to one but Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on the rest of the way.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) earned the win after making five saves while Heath Turner (Kansas City, Mo.) suffered the loss. Turner was credited with seven stops.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Wilson, N.C., to face Barton on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Gets First Win of Season

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (1-2-1, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play by claiming its first victory of the season, 5-0 over Brevard (1-3, 0-1), Saturday afternoon at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Jessica Tooley (Tega Cay, S.C.) scored twice for the Bears, who claimed their first win as well under new Head Coach Tammy DeCesare.

The Bears took control early and put the match away with four goals in the first 19 minutes of action.

Tooley scored just 1:50 into the match while junior All-American midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) had a hand in both of the Bears' second and third goals.

Alequine notched her second goal of the season at the 11:11 mark before assisting on a score by junior midfielder Emily Atkinson (Thomasville, Ga.) in the 17th minute on a cross from the right.

Junior midfielder Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) scored on a penalty kick while Tooley added her second goal of the match after halftime to round out the scoring for the Bears.

Senior goalkeeper Genny Little (Fredericksburg, Va.) played the first half and picked up the win for the Bears, who held 22-6 advantage in shots taken and improved to 8-0 all-time against the Tornados.

Brevard's Jocelyn Springer (Lincoln, Neb.) suffered the loss in goal despite notching six saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Tuesday night when the Bears host Belmont Abbey at 7:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (2-0), ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II, scored the game's final 23 points en route to a 33-6 victory over Virginia State (0-2) Saturday afternoon at Rogers Stadium in Ettrick, Va.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson (Newnan, Ga.) rushed for a career-high 145 yards while the defense registered five quarterback sacks as the Bears improved to 2-0 on the year for the first time since the 2008 season.

After Lenoir-Rhyne senior placekicker Justin Powell (Connelly Springs, N.C.) kicked his second field goal of the day for a 13-6 advantage late in the third quarter, the Bears took control with 20 points in the final period.

Bears senior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.) opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run to cap a six-play, 85-yard drive before senior defensive back Joe Anderson (Lilburn, Ga.) rounded out the scoring with a 79-yard interception return for a score with 48 seconds remaining.

Senior tailback Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) and junior tailback Michael Patrick (Atlanta, Ga.) added touchdown runs as well for the Bears, who finished with 344 yards on the ground.

Virginia State was led by Tarian Ayres (Dillwyn, Va.) with 173 yards passing and Kavon Bellamy (Hampton, Va.) with 75 yards rushing and a one-yard touchdown run despite the loss. The Bears limited the Trojans to just 257 yards of total offense in the victory as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play next Saturday on the road against Wingate. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:22

Appalachian State Volleyball Sweeps Radford

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Appalachian State University volleyball improved to 10-0 this season after defeating Radford on Saturday in three sets with scores of 25-17, 25-15 and 25-15.

The Mountaineers (10-0, 1-0 Sun Belt) continue their undefeated season, sweeping the Highlanders (7-3) in the second round of the Black and Gold Challenge.

The first set proved to be a battle as it featured several long rallies as the Mountaineers and Highlanders tied the score at five. The Apps slowly began to pull ahead, finding three-straight kills from Jess Keller, Emily Corrigan and Sloan Evans to take an 8-5 lead.

The set continued to be close as the Highlanders never trailed by more than four points until three-straight kills from Corrigan helped put the Mountaineers up 23-16. Two more kills from Corrigan led the Mountaineers to a 25-17 victory in the first set.

The second set began with several tied scores before Appalachian finally took control, scoring five-straight points to lead 10-5. The Mountaineers lengthened their commanding lead by making the score 18-9, thanks to kills from Lauren Gray, Corrigan and Keller.

The Mountaineer's offense proved to be too much for the Highlanders in the second as the Apps took the set 25-15 to lead 2-0.

Appalachian started the third set in similar fashion, taking a quick lead, but the Highlanders would tie up the score at 10, but the Apps began to dominate, taking a 20-13 lead.

The Mountaineers did not let up, scoring five of the next seven point to take the third, 25-15 and win the match 3-0.

Corrigan led the Mountaineers with 15 kills and a .351 hitting percentage while Gray followed with eight kills and hitting percentage of .400.

Paige Brown once again led the Apps in assists, recording 37. The Mountaineers had an outstanding defensive game as Meghan Mahoney led the way with 16 digs, followed by Brown with 13 and Olivia Loeffler with 12.

Radford was led by Maddie Palmer's nine kills and Rachel Wiechecki's 15 digs.

The Mountaineers hit .310 on the match, holding Radford to a .128 hitting percentage. The Mountaineers recorded 6.5 team blocks to Radford's two.

Appalachian wraps up the Black and Gold Challenge with a 7 p.m. match against Maryland tonight at the Holmes Center.

Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:21

Appalachian State Women's Cross Country Win

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Appalachian State University women’s cross country dominated at the Hyder-McMahill Invitational at Montreat College on Saturday morning.

The Mountaineers placed five individuals in the top five, including Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./North Hanover) who placed first with a time of 19:29. Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) finished second with a time of 19:45, while Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) ran a time of 19:53 and placed third.

In fourth was Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) with a time of 20:06 and Mallary Price (Matthews, N.C./Weddington) finished fifth with a personal-best time of 20:15.

“I felt really good during the race,” said Howell. “It felt really good to have my teammates and coaches behind me, pushing me the whole way. Coach Curcio and Coach Weaver are both great coaches and they know how to push us to be the best athletes that we can be.”

The Mountaineers will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 20 when they travel to Rock Hill, S.C. for the Winthrop Open.

Appalachian State University men’s cross country sent two runners to compete at the Hyder-McMahill Invitational on Saturday.

Both Chris Kelly (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) and Tyler Sink (Apex, N.C./Apex) ran for the Mountaineers. Kelly placed sixth overall with a time of 27:51, while Sink ran a time of 28:31.

App State will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 20 when is travels to Rock Hill, S.C. for the Winthrop Open.