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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 23:04

Appalachian State Men's Soccer Downs UAB in Overtime

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The Appalachian State men's soccer team took down UAB, 2-1, in double overtime Wednesday night. The 9-2-1 Mountaineers have now surpassed their win total from last season and have not lost at home since the season opener (Aug. 30). UAB falls to 2-9-1 on the season.

This is the third straight win for the Mountaineers, who have not lost since Sept. 17.

Kelan Swales was the difference maker for the Mountaineers, finishing a deflection into the upper 90 for the game-winner in the 102nd minute. Swales now has four goals on the season, including two game-winners.

After a scoreless first half, App State struck first in the 63rd minute as Austin Hill found Nick Rogers in the box for the freshman's third goal of the season. From there, the Mountaineers held the Blazers scoreless until the 82nd minute, when Joseph Buete finished a rebound off a save from Jacob Madden, to tie the game up.

The first overtime saw only one shot from the Mountaineers and none from the Blazers, as the App State defense held UAB without a shot in overtime. App State and UAB were even in shots after the first half with five apiece. The Mountaineers held the advantage in the second half, taking 13 compared to just five by UAB.

In goal, Madden made four key saves en route to his ninth victory of the season. Starting goalie for UAB, Julian Mehl, also made four saves on the night. He falls to 1-6-1.

App State looks to continue its momentum Saturday, hosting Sun Belt preseason favorite, Coastal Carolina, at 7 p.m.

The No. 8 ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer team fell short in a comeback against Catawba 4-3 Wednesday night. The Bears had allowed just four goals in 11 matches prior to Wednesday but Catawba broke through for four strikes in this one.

Catawba took a 2-0 lead into the break thanks to goals in the 31st and 37th minute. Hannah Van Eerden scored a header off an assist from Christina Shimshock in the 51st minute to cut the lead to one. Catawba then scored in the 62nd minute off a corner to go up 3-1.

Allie Zueger then countered, scoring 30 seconds later for the Bears.

Catawba then scored in the 79th minute off counterattack but Scarlett Kelly answered in the 85th minute to bring the Bears back within one. Kelly scored her first collegiate goal.

LR outshot Catawba 24 (12 SOG) - 5 (4 SOG).

This marks the highest scoring game LR has played in all season.

L-R drops to 10-2 overall, 5-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will be taking on Wingate on the road Saturday.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 22:24

App State Volleyball Falls to Coastal Carolina

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Appalachian State volleyball dropped a tight 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21) contest at Coastal Carolina on Wednesday evening.

Emma Longley reached double figures in kills for the seventh straight contest, tallying a team-high 12. Victoria Wilform added 10 kills on a .391 hitting percentage and Kara Spicer finished with nine kills, three block solos and three block assists,

Sam Bickley recorded her third straight double-double with 33 assists and a match-high 11 digs. Emma Reilly also reached double figures in digs with 10.

With the score tied at 10-10 in the opening set, the Mountaineers (9-11, 5-2 SBC) went on a 5-1 run to take a 15-11 lead. App State pushed its lead to as large as six points three separate times in the set and used a kill from Longley to grab the opening frame 25-21.

The Chanticleers (17-2, 7-0 SBC) jumped out to a 7-1 lead early in the second set, only to see the Black and Gold answer with a 6-1 run to pull within a point at 8-7. Coastal Carolina pushed its lead back to four points at 13-9, but App State answered with three consecutive points to cut its deficit to 13-12. The Chanticleers built their lead back up to five points, but the Mountaineers chipped away at the lead and trimmed their deficit to 24-23. Coastal Carolina used a kill on the next point to clinch the set and even the match at 1-1.

In Set 3, App State used a 6-1 run to open a 10-7 advantage. Coastal Carolina answered with six straight points and used another 5-0 run to open an 18-11 advantage. The Mountaineers scored five consecutive points to pull within two points at 20-18, but could get no closer, falling 25-21.

Coastal Carolina started out the fourth set strong and jumped out to a 14-2 lead. Trailing 15-3, App State went on a furious 14-2 run to tie the set at 17-17. The Chanticleers responded with five of the next six points to take control of the set en route to their 3-1 win.

The Black and Gold posted 11.0 total blocks in the contest, which marks a new season-high. In addition, the Mountaineers limited the Chanticleers to a .175 hitting percentage, which is the first time Coastal Carolina has hit under .200 in a match this season.

The two teams will meet again on Friday in Boone at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+. Following Friday's match, the Mountaineers host UT Arlington on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Texas State at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 21:53

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Rallies to Defeat Catawba

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Catawba scored thirty seconds into the second half but the Bears battled back and scored twice in second half to comeback and beat the Indians 2-1. Victor Cascon scored his 20th career goal to tie it at one then Luca Koelsch had the game-winner in the 71st minute. Goncalo Garcia assisted on both goals for the Bears, Garcia now has assisted on four straight goals for the Bears dating back to Saturday's matchup with Newberry. In addition, Cascon is five goals away from tying Aaron Wheeler (06-08) for fifth all-time in program history.

Both teams had chances in the first half but neither team could find the net as it was a scoreless stanza. LR out shot the Indians 8-4 in the first half and had six corners compared to 0 for the Indians.

Catawba's Joseph Alleron struck less then a minute into the second half to put the Indians up 1-0. Bears found the equalizer on a beautiful header by Cascon. In the 71st minute, Koelsch scored the game-winning goal, an easy tap in from the front of the net. Garcia set up both Cascon's and Koelsch's goal with perfect passes.

Wednesday's win was Head Coach Jack Winter 40th win at Lenoir-Rhyne. His career record for the Bears is now 40-20-7. Bears are now 24-10-4 in SAC games under Winter.

LR's second half goal ended their road goal-less streak at 239 minutes. Bears have now scored 13 of their 21 goals in the second half or overtime.

Bears have now won five straight against the Indians, however Catawba still own the all-time record 21-18-4.

Thw win improves to Bears to 7-5-1 overall, 4-2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will head to Wingate to on Saturday night at 7:30 in a huge SAC showdown with Wingate.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 21:51

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Ranked 23rd Nationally

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Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf team in now ranked No. 23 in the nation according to poll that was released Tuesday morning.

The Bears have two tournament wins on the season and four top 6 finishes on the year. Ainee O'connor leads the Bears with an average score of 74.35 per round. O'Connor has finished no lower than 13th at a tournament this fall with her best finish being 2nd place at the SAC preview.

The Bears next tournament will be Oct. 21st at the Flagler Fall Slam.

Appalachian State cross country runner Lawson Benfield has been named Sun Belt Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.

Benfield is the third Mountaineer to win the award this season, joining teammates Isaac Benz and Ryan Brown.

At the Royals Challenge on Friday, Benfield finished 66th overall in a field of over 500 runners. His time of 25:26.9 bettered his PR nearly 35 seconds.

The Mountaineers will compete again on Friday at the HPU VertKlasse Open, with the men's 8K race scheduled for a 5:15 p.m. start. The meet will be the final one for the Mountaineers before the Sun Belt Championships on Nov. 2 in McDonough, Ga.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 21:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Swimming Earns National Ranking

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Swimming team is ranked No. 19 in this weeks National Poll. This is the highest ranked the Men's team has been since also being No. 19 in November 2018.

The Bears opened their season Friday night by sweeping every event from Mars Hill, on the way to a 192-65 victory over the Lions. The Bears were led by Spencer Ashby and Micah McRea, who both were involved in winning four events on Friday.

Ashby, McRea and the rest of the Bears will head to East Carolina University on Saturday afternoon to face the host's Pirates and Catawba Indians in a tri-meet.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team cracked the top 10 and jumped up to No. 8 in the nation as announced by the United Soccer Coaches Association. The Bears are now a conference-leading 10-1 on the season and still have a perfect home record at 8-0.

The Bears were No. 12 a week ago but moved to No. 8, the highest ranking in program history. LR was also announced as the No. 2 team in the Southeast region for the third week in a row.

LR is just coming off a 5-0 victory over Newberry. The Bears have a tough week ahead on the road against conference opponents Catawba and Wingate who are both regionally ranked in the Southeast regional poll at No. 5 and No. 6 respectively.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 10:48

CVCC Volleyball Continues to Win in Region 10 Play

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The sixth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program extended its historic Region 10 winning streak on Tuesday afternoon.

The Red Hawks (24-4, 9-0 in Region 10) defeated host Guilford Tech in straight sets at the Mary Perry Ragsdale YMCA — capping their 135th consecutive win in conference matches.

Set scores were 25-8, 25-7 and 25-15.

Setter Amber Barker led the Red Hawks with a team-high eight kills and 13 assists. She also recorded three aces — part of a 14-ace performance for Catawba Valley.

Middle hitter Hanne Cooke (five kills), outside hitter Lilly Weaver (four kills, four aces) and right side Anna Clark (four kills) were also offensive leaders for Catawba Valley.

Defensively, Abigail Gordon paced CVCC with a team-high nine digs.

The CVCC volleyball team returns to the court on Friday when it travels for a pair of matches in Virginia.

The Red Hawks face conference opponent Bryant & Stratton (5-9, 2-5) in Virginia Beach at 10 a.m. Friday morning before playing against Region 10 Division I foe Richard Bland (14-11) in a 6 p.m. match in South Prince George, Va.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 10:44

App State Men's Golf Wrap Up Phoenix Invitational

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The Appalachian State men's golf team finished third at the Phoenix Invitational behind a final team round surge of 8-under-par (276) Tuesday afternoon.

"Extremely proud of this App State golf team," first-year head coach Danny Forshey said. "Five players have shot personal bests so far this season. We shot the low round of the day to make a charge up the leaderboard today. Looking forward to the next one."

The third-place finish marks the program's first back-to-back top-three finishes in tournament play since the beginning of the 2018-19 campaign. A 276 round three from the Mountaineers tied the second-lowest team round in program history.

Gardner-Webb claimed the Phoenix Invitational team title at 19-under. App State finished 9-under (843) for the tournament after entering the day seventh overall at 1-under.

Timothius Tirto Tamardi and Jake Lane both led the Tuesday morning charge well into the afternoon by carding rounds of 68. Tamardi shot his lowest 54-hole tournament total (70-69-68) of his collegiate career, a 6-under-par 207, which ties the second-lowest 54-hole tournament total in school history. Tamardi tied for eighth on the leaderboard, his fourth career top-10 finish.

Lane doused his second eagle of the invitational during Tuesday's third and final round today on hole No. 17, a 605-yard par 5. He finished tied for 24th with a 2-under-par 211 (73-70-68).

Speaking of eagles, App State connected on a total of four eagles at the Phoenix Invitational, giving Forshey's team six on the year. Lane sank two, while Lukes and Gunnell each drained one of their own.

Carding a second-round 68 and eagling on 17, walk-on Dylan Lukes not only shot his lowest single round of the 2019-20 season but for his collegiate career overall.

Lukes' 3-under-par 210 (71-68-71) is also his lowest career tournament total. He finished tied for 19th.

Nicholas Gunnell's 4-over 217 (71-76-70) effort is also the lowest overall posted score of his career. Gunnell recorded an eagle, his second of the year, in round one on No. 17. Amassing a final round of 70 ties the lowest round of play for Gunnell this season. He finished the tournament tied for 49th.

Lukas Jönsson entered the clubhouse with a 6-over-par 219 (72-77-70) finishing tied for 56th.

Freshman Addison Beam finished 1-under as an individual in his first college tournament.

The Mountaineers will compete next in the two-day Grandover Collegiate, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, at the Grandover Resort. The event is set to begin on Sunday, Oct. 27.

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