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Freshman goalkeeper Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington) was tabbed the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week for remaining unbeaten so far in his first year of action with two shutouts, the league announced Tuesday.


“I’m very pleased that Jake’s hard work has been recognized by the Sun Belt,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “Jake has come in as a freshman and done exactly what we’ve asked of him and has put in the kind of work that makes his results on the field unsurprising. Hopefully, he’ll take this honor as motivation to continue what he’s doing and only improve as the season progresses.”


Agnew has been a key component to the recent hot streak for the Mountaineers, being 3-0-2 since his first start against Winthrop on Sept. 20. In his five games, the freshman has made 14 saves and only allowed three goals total, facing 40 shots. Last week, Agnew recorded the first clean sheets of his career in back-to-back games, holding both Presbyterian College and Howard scoreless through 200 total minutes in the net.


Despite just beginning his collegiate career, Agnew already ranks as one of the best goalkeepers in the Sun Belt Conference. Through his seven total games of action, no one in the league has a better goals against average (GAA) by a decent margin – his first-ranked 0.49 GAA being 0.15 lower than the next lowest. His GAA isn’t just topping the Sun Belt, however, as it’s also good for fifth-best in the country as well.


Agnew is also ranked highly in his save percentage (.850), which is good enough to tie the top of the conference and rank 14th nationally. He also ranks tied second in the conference in shutouts with the two.


The Mountaineers and Agnew will look to extend their unbeaten streak to six games when they travel to face their second Sun Belt opponent in Hartwick at Oneonta, N.Y., on Saturday, Oct. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 3
Freedom: 1


Hickory: 3
Fred T. Foard: 1


St. Stephens: 3
South Caldwell: 1


Watauga: 3
Patton: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 4
Freedom: 3


Hickory: 3
Fred T. Foard: 2


Patton: 2
Watauga: 1


St. Stephens: 3
South Caldwell: 2


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
R-S Central: 6
East Burke: 0


Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 2
West Caldwell: 2


Lincolnton: 4
Maiden: 1


Newton-Conover: 3
Bandys: 1

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ismael Noumansana has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Noumansana, a junior forward from REIMS, France, wins the award for the second straight week.

Noumansana continued his dominance of late by scoring all five of the Bears’ goals last week in a 3-0 victory over Mars Hill and a 2-2 tie after two overtimes against Anderson in league play on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. Both matches were on the road.

Noumansana tallied a hat trick against the Lions and scored twice in the first half in the battle with the Trojans as the Bears remained unbeaten (3-0-1) in their last four matches and took over sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.

Noumansana, a first-team preseason all-conference selection earlier in the fall, currently leads the South Atlantic Conference in both goals scored (14) and total points (29). Noumansana is also closing in on the school single-season record for goals: 19 by Cory Morgan in 2000.

Lenoir-Rhyne (7-3-2) steps out of conference play to face North Georgia (6-7) on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m., in Dahlonega, Ga.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex on Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Appalachian State University field hockey fumbled to the Saint Francis Red Flash 6-0 on a windy Sunday afternoon at the Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field.


“In the first half, we came out really slow, and we allowed them to control the tempo and control the game,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “I think in the second half, we started to pick it up and play more of our style and we played good defense. And that, I thought, allowed us not to have as many defensive circle entries, which I was excited for the girls about.”


The Red Flash (8-6, 1-3 A-10) dominated the first half producing a perfect performance at App State’s goal line. The A-10 squad delivered eight shots and connected on all of their five shots on goal to end the half with a five-goal cushion.


SFU’s Shannon Pereira snagged two goals in the first half in under twenty minutes. One goal came on an unassisted drive started at the 25-yard line and Brea Seabrook assisted Pereira’s second off of one of their six corners in the first 35-minute period. The other three goals were dished out by Kyra Castano, Brianna Govia and Ruth Mackenzie.


At the start of the second half, the Mountaineers (1-11) began to pick up the pace and pressured the net more striking six shots with four on goal. Also, the defensive front turned it up a notch and contained the Red Flash to one goal in the second.


In the 41st minute, Pereira of SFU would once again score for St. Francis and provide the gaming-winning shot off of one of SFU’s three corners of the half to solidify their 6-0 victory over the Mountaineers.


SFU held the advantage on offense with 11 shots and seven on goal with the bulk of their scoring opportunities coming from their nine penalty corners. Despite a slow start in the first (two shots), App State racked up eight shots with five on goal and snatched five penalty corners.


“I thought our seniors did awesome,” said Dawson. “ They both worked as hard as they possibly could, and they left it all out on the field, and that is all a coach can ever ask from them. They are both really great people, and I was excited for them.


App State’s offensive aggression was piloted by their two spectacular seniors Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South Africa/Wynberg Girls) and Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard). Both ladies hustled to every ball and enhanced Appalachian’s opportunities to score with impressive tackles and several forced turnovers.


Van Cleave was perfect on the day towards the goal line slapping three shots with all three on goal, and Diedericks crashed three shots with one on goal.

Despite recording only one save in the afternoon, goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) put her body on the line for every ball and exerted maximum effort for 70:00 minutes.


The Black and Gold will take a two-week break before hitting the pitch again on Friday, Oct. 21 in Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami (OH) at 4:30 p.m.

Senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) scored two goals to push Appalachian State University men’s soccer past Howard in a chippy 2-0 game on Saturday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.


The Mountaineers (4-5-2, 1-0 Sun Belt) continued to stay hot in recent games, stretching their unbeaten streak to five games and their unbeaten streak at home to 3-0-2 while the Bison (1-10-3, 0-1 Sun Belt) are still winless in the Sun Belt since 2014.


“Really proud of the guys tonight,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “Howard came in ready to battle and they’re a physical team and I’m pleased we were able to match them. We hit the reset button after we went 1-5. We said, ‘OK, this is the next phase of our season.’ Conference play was at the tail end of it, so we new it was going to be a new season then but we really started our new season four games earlier because I knew we had to build and continue to grow and improve, building some confidence to maybe win a game like this. We’re 1-0 in the league and we’re ecstatic about it but now we have to get ready for Hartwick.”


To get its first lead-off Sun Belt victory, Appalachian would need to be focused and strong with their effort against a physical Howard squad and that’s exactly what they got. While the goals didn’t come until late in the match, the defense held strong for 51 minutes.


Freshman Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington) stayed unbeaten as a freshman goalkeeper, improving to 3-0-2 after making three tough saves, and recorded his second-straight shutout. Sophomore defender Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) also helped in the effort, coming in to head out a ball flying to the net after Agnew got dragged away from position.


In an overall very chippy and physical game, things came to a tipping point when a scuffle at the Howard net drew several cards, including a red card on the Bison that would set up a penalty kick for Chapman. After a decent delay as officials sorted things out, Chapman continued his 100 percent conversion rate, knocking down his fourth PK of the year in the 52nd minute.


The Mountaineers stayed on their mission and continued to battle, turning up the pressure on the Bison defense.


Chapman would put the game away in the 61st minute when he finally broke the seal, recording his first non-penalty goal of the season, when freshman Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight) found him on a hard pass through the box that Chapman took and lasered in.


Leading the Mountaineer offensive effort was Chapman, who finished with four shots total, two on goal. Junior Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) also kept the pressure on, firing away three total shots for one on goal, while sophomore Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) and senior Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Bolton) had two shots.


Rounding out the attack was Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford), Rian Phillips (Anchorage, Ak./East Anchorage), Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts/Southern School of Energy and Sustainability) and Ben Steen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman).


Since the Mountaineers’ first win back on Sept. 13, the team has found its rhythm at the right time heading into conference play. Appalachian has scored 10 goals since the win off six assists, totaling 92 shots (36 on goal – .391).


Since the first win, the Black and Gold have gone 4-1-2 and are unbeaten in their last five matches, outshooting opponents 92-61 with a 36-31 advantage on goal.


App State won its lead-off Sun Belt game for the first time since joining and it had to do with the marksmanship of the team. The Apps outshot Howard 15-5 and had 11 corners to their two.


The Mountaineers will look to continue recent play as they head to their lone road match in the month of October, facing Hartwick on Saturday, Oct. 15. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.

Appalachian State University volleyball fell for the 15th consecutive time in what was its eighth five-set loss in a 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 10-15) defeat at the hands of Georgia State on Saturday evening.


The Mountaineers (2-16, 0-5 Sun Belt) were led offensively by Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who finished with a team-high 18 kills and also tallied her eighth double-double of the season with 15 digs.


Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) also had a stellar night for the Black and Gold with 12 kills and a .524 hitting percentage. Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) was the third Mountaineer to finish with double-digit kills with 10.


Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) finished 51 assists - helping set up the Mountaineer hitters.


Defensively, Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) led with 20 digs, while Longley’s 15 made her the other lone Mountaineer to tally double-digit digs.

In the opening set, the Mountaineers built themselves a 17-13 advantage thanks in part to three kills from Longley. The Panthers (7-10, 3-3 Sun Belt) would begin to mount a comeback and tie the set at 20-20. GSU would put together a 5-1 run to end the set and take a 1-0 match lead.


Appalachian would respond in the second set and with the score knotted at 17-17, a kill from Longley would spur an 8-3 run for the Mountaineers that would tie up the match at 1-1 with a 25-20 set victory.


Following intermission, the Mountaineers came out strong in a crucial and potentially momentum swinging third set.


A kill from Longley would push the App lead to 17-13 and kills from Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/UNCG), Shoff and Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) helped seal the set for the Apps and give them a 2-1 lead.


In what would become a see-saw battle, the Panthers would come out red-hot in the fourth set. With a 16-11 lead, Georgia State would be able to keep the Mountaineers at a distance and force a fifth set with a 25-19 win.


The fifth set has been an achilles heal for the Mountaineers this season and coming into the match were 0-7 in matches decided in five sets. The Panthers would get out to an 8-4 lead forcing a Mountaineer timeout.


Out of the timeout, the Mountaineers get to within just four on two occasions and would drop the set 15-10 and the match 3-2.


Appalachian will return to action on Friday, Oct. 14 when it hosts Sun Belt newcomer Coastal Carolina inside the Holmes Center. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, 09 October 2016 21:26

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Ties With Anderson

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (7-3-2, 4-2-1) tied Anderson (4-5-2, 0-5-2), 2-2, after two overtimes in a South Atlantic Conference match Saturday afternoon at the Upward Star Center Complex.


Junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) scored both goals for the Bears to increase his league-leading total to 14 as the two teams played at a neutral site.


Noumansana scored just 2:23 into the match and gave the Bears a 2-1 lead at the 21:53 mark of the first half after a cross from sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN), who was credited with the assist. Noumansana also has eight goals in his last four contests.


Anderson, who was vying for its first league win of the year, received goals from Shinya Negata (Yokohama, JAPAN) and Magnus Einarsson (Holmavik, Iceland) in the tie. Both scores were the first goals of the season. Einarsson’s goal came at the 75:37 mark of the second half to tie the contest at two but neither team could find the back of the net the rest of the way.


Lenoir-Rhyne held a 24-18 edge in shots taken despite the tie. Both goalkeepers, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) and Anderson’s Devon Ashy (Greenville, S.C.), allowed just two goals in 110 minutes of action. King made five saves while Ashy stopped eight shots on the evening.


Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Dahlonega, Ga., on Wednesday to face North Georgia at 6:30 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (7-3-2, 4-2-1) saw its four-match winning streak come to an end with a 1-0 shutout loss to Anderson (7-4, 4-3) Saturday afternoon at the Upward Star Center Complex.


The Trojans scored the lone goal of the match when Michaela Johnson (Columbia, S.C.) headed the ball in from two yards out off a cross from Lyssa Engle (Fairborn, Ohio) at the 68:53 mark of the second half. The goal was Johnson’s first of the season.


Lenoir-Rhyne held a 15-11 edge in shots taken despite the loss. The match was played at a neutral site.


Anderson’s Abby Helm (Dayton, Ohio) earned the shutout victory in goal after making two saves while Lenoir-Rhyne senior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) suffered the loss despite allowing just one score while making four stops.


Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Banner Elk, N.C., to take on Lees-McRae on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (6-12, 4-7) pulled out a 3-2 South Atlantic Conference win over Carson-Newman (2-13, 2-9) Saturday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.


The Bears defeated the Eagles by scores of 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 20-25 and 15-13. This was a rematch of last year’s regional championship in Aiken, S.C.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) finished with a team-high 17 kills while sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added a double-double – 50 assists and 15 digs – in the victory.


For Carson-Newman, Abbie McFarlane (McKinney, Texas) led the way with a match-high 22 kills and Anna Patton (Franklin, Tenn.) totaled 49 assists and seven digs in the losing effort.


The Eagles were hurt by 13 service errors in the contest.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) added 12 kills and junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) finished with 25 digs in the win.


Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Charlotte, N.C., to take on Queens in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

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